HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University acrobatics & tumbling team claimed two NCATA Individual National Championships on Thursday evening, as the Bobcats opened competition of the three-day event at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac shared national titles in two out of the three pyramid events, accomplishing the feat for the second consecutive year.
For the first time in NCATA history, the Bobcats and two other teams finished in a three-way tie in an event. In the twisting pyramid, Quinnipiac, Oregon and Azusa Pacific each posted a score of 9.85 and shared the title of the second heat. The Bobcats made it two straight, when the squad scored a 9.90 in the release pyramid and shared the title with Oregon who posted the same score.
In addition to team accolades, two Bobcats were presented with NCATA individual honors as well. Sophomore Stephanie Palange (West Springfield, Mass.) was named to the All-America team, while freshman Montera Tomasetti (Waterford, Conn.) was named the NCATA Rookie of the Year. Azusa Pacific's Colleen Kausrud was rewarded with NCATA Coach of the Year honors; Oregon's Tara Lubert was named Performer of the Year; and Baylor's Ginger Plemmons was tabbed Academic Athlete of the Year.
The University of Oregon fared well throughout the evening, taking 12 titles before night's end. Baylor and QU claimed two and Fairmont State and Azusa Pacific each had one.
2013 NCATA All Americans
Oregon: #3 Sarah Moreno, #26 Tara Lubert, #33 Nicole Erlichman, #48 Natasha Katzaroff
Quinnipiac: #25 Stephanie Palange
Azusa: #41 Nicole Shook
Baylor: #34 Hailey Cowan, #50 Stephanie Bohmler, #58 Keegan Johnson
Fairmont: #11 Danielle DiCarlo
2013 Coach of the Year
Azusa Pacific: Colleen Kausrud
Performer of the Year
# 26 Tara Lubert- Oregon
Academic of the Year
#17 Ginger Plemmons- Baylor
Freshman of the Year
#9 Montera Tomasetti - Quinnipiac
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