Seven Lady 'Cats named to NCATA Academic Honor Roll


BUCKHANNON —The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) recently announced its 2020 All-Academic Team and the 2020 Academic Honor Roll.

Members of the NCATA All-Academic Team must have a 3.30 grade-point average and provide significant contributions to the team’s success during regular season competition.

This year, eight different programs were represented on the 2020 NCATA All-Academic Team, including a trio of repeat selections from 2019 – Alexis Forbes from Converse College, Beth Magee from Azusa Pacific University, and Jocelyn Scott from Gannon University. Morgan Celum (Baylor), Payton Coon (Oregon), Karen DeFilippo (Quinnipiac), Makayla Garland (Hawaii Pacific), and Olivia Kincaid (King) were also named to the eight-person All-Academic Team for 2020.

Each member of the 2020 All-Academic Team had at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average or higher (view GPAs below).

In addition, the NCATA also announced its 2020 Academic Honor Roll, which includes all active Acrobatics & Tumbling student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

West Virginia Wesleyan placed seven athletes on the Academic Honor Roll.

The seven honorees are senior Jaycie Blankenship, junior Tiara Stokes, sophomore Emily Dengel, and freshmen Cait Josef, Sydney McKinnon, Megan Miles and Kaelin Withrow.

In her first season at the helm of the Acrobatics & Tumbling program, head Coach Alexa Johnson guided her Lady 'Cats to a 1-3 overall record in two dual-meets and one tri-meet this spring.

The season ended with a 238.86-140.25 home victory over Georgetown College.

In all, 286 Acrobatics & Tumbling student-athletes were named to the NCATA Academic Honor Roll in 2020.

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