Nov. 15, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling prepares for its third season competing in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) as head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams welcomes 26 returning student-athletes and the 17 new freshmen to the floor.
Coach Harris-Williams announced the team's 2013 schedule on Monday. The Bears begin competition on Feb. 9, 2013.
Although the season doesn't start until February, Harris-Williams has already introduced the 43 student-athletes to strenuous training. "We've been working on their strength," Harris-Williams said. "We're focusing mainly on acro exercises." In addition, two new assistant coaches, Mandy Salter and Scott Holland, join the staff.
To open the spring season, the Bears travel to Hamden, Conn. to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats Friday, February 9. They will also face Fairmont State, Azusa Pacific and Oregon over the course of the season.
Baylor, last season's No. 6 seed, hosted the 2012 NCATA National Championships at the Ferrell Center, entering the competition with a 2-4 record. Although the Bears beat No. 3 seed Fairmont State in the first round, they fell to No. 2 seed Oregon in the semifinals.
"We're looking to build off of last year's performance," Harris-Williams said. "Our team is stronger and it will be ready for the National Championships this year. We're working towards a first place finish."
The 2013 NCATA National Championships will be held April 25-27 in Hamden, Conn.