Acrobatics & Tumbling News Archives

  • King improves acrobatics & tumbling, softball facilities
    October 01, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – As a result of contributions from generous supporters and the use of institutional funds, King Athletics was able to make two upgrades to their athletic facilities this Summer, enhancing the student-athlete experience. The acrobatics & tumbling student-athletes arrived on campus in August to find a new locker room, while new bleachers were added to the softball complex, including a new set of stairs for easy access.
  • Seven Tornado selected academic All-ECAC
    May 30, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics & tumbling team had seven members earn academic All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) when the league announced their honorees on Wednesday.
  • Lyons selected ECAC FOY to lead King's All-ECAC selections
    May 10, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University acrobatics & tumbling athlete Moira Lyons had a great freshman season, culminating in an award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Along with Lyons, Maya Fuller and Ashley Berlin earned All-ECAC honors while Abigail Keith garnered honorable mention recognition.
  • Berlin takes 2nd in six-element at NCATA Event Finals
    April 28, 2018
    ERIE, Pa. – Ashley Berlin of the King University acrobatics & tumbling team qualified for the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Event Finals in the six-element tumbling pass. Over the weekend, Berlin finished second behind a competitor from the University of Oregon.
  • King falls at Converse in season finale
    April 11, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team closed their season with a meet at Converse College on Wednesday night. The Tornado fell to the Valkyries 269.130-243.950.
  • Berlin tabbed ECAC Athlete of the Week
    March 26, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time this season, a King University acrobatics & tumbling athlete has been selected Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Athlete of the Week. Ashley Berlin had a solid meet on Sunday at Alderson Broaddus, earning her the honor this week.
  • King falls to Alderson Broaddus
    March 25, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team traveled to take on Alderson Broaddus College Sunday afternoon. The Tornado won the team event, however, the Battlers proved to be too much throughout and defeated King 256.735-243.020.
  • Tornado top Concordia Wisconsin on Senior Day
    March 14, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team hosted Concordia University Wisconsin Wednesday night. The Tornado took an early lead in the contest and never looked back as they defeated Condcordia Wisconsin 245.735 - 240.265 on Senior Day for their first victory of the season.
  • Fuller selected ECAC Athlete of the Week
    March 05, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time this season, a King University acrobatics & tumbling athlete has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Athlete of the Week. Maya Fuller had a great meet over the weekend, earning her the distinction.
  • King falls to Quinnipiac
    March 03, 2018
    HAMDEN, Conn. – The King University acrobatics & tumbling team took on the Bobcats of Quinnipiac Univerisity in an ECAC matchup Saturday afternoon. The meet was close early on, however, the Bobcats pulled away in the second half to take a 284.010 – 254.635 win over the Tornado.
  • King falls to Gannon in ECAC opener
    February 25, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics & tumbling team took on the Golden Knights of Gannon University for their first ECAC meet. The meet was close in the first half, but the Golden Knights pulled away in the second half to take the win 271.650-253.830.
  • King drops season-opener to Converse
    February 11, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics & tumbling team opened the season with home meet against Converse College. The meet was close in the first half, but the Valkyries pulled away in the second half to take the win 261.805-248.720.
  • New faces, same goal for King acrobatics & tumbling in 2018
    February 05, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - The 2017 season might have been the most successful year for the King acrobatics & tumbling program. A new year brings a new coach, Miranda Merkison, and a handful of new student athletes. Merkison has a solid group returning as the Tornado will try to duplicate and improve on the strides that were made a season ago.
  • King acrobatics & tumbling signs 14
    October 18, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team welcomes 14 new recruits to campus this fall. New head coach Miranda Merkison looks for this group to make in impact this season as the Tornado open the 2018 campaign in February.
  • Merkison hired to lead King acrobatics & tumbling
    August 22, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics announced the hire of Miranda Merkison as head coach of the acrobatics and tumbling team. Merkison competed at the University of Oregon and joins the Tornado staff following a stint as a tumbling instructor in Chattanooga.
  • Bamford resigns from King acro and tumbling
    August 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Friday, King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of Head Acrobatics and Tumbling Coach Megan Bamford. Bamford has accepted the assistant coach position for the acrobatics and tumbling team at her alma mater, the University of Oregon.
  • Nine Tornado named academic All-ECAC
    May 08, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the completion of the first Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) acrobatics and tumbling season, the league announced their academic all-conference team. King placed nine individuals on the team.
  • King has five selected All-ECAC
    May 05, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced their first acrobatics & tumbling all-conference selections, and five King University acrobatics & tumbling athletes were selected. The group included Emily Powers, Cassidy Davis, Tosha Banks, Kate Rivera and Sonia Stone.
  • Stone selected NCATA All-American, Powers earns academic award
    April 30, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Sonia Stone had a big impact on the King University acrobatics and tumbling team again this season. On Saturday she earned National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) All-American honors for the second straight season. Emily Powers became the first Tornado to earn the Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award.
  • King competes in NCATA Event Finals for first time
    April 29, 2017
    AZUSA, Calif. – For the first time in program history, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team qualified for the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Event Finals. King qualified in the pyramid event, heats one and three, finishing fifth in heat one and fourth in heat three.
  • King falls to top seed Oregon in NCATA quarters
    April 27, 2017
    AZUSA, Calif. – Competing at the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships for the second time, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team squared off against top seeded University of Oregon. The eight seeded Tornado fell to the Ducks 278.800-257.260.
  • Tornado qualify for NCATA National Championship
    April 17, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third time in program history and the first time since 2015, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team has qualified of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships. The Tornado earned the eighth seed and will face off with top seed University of Oregon on April 27 in Azusa, Calif. The Tornado also qualified for the event finals for the first time in program history as they qualified in two different heats.
  • Powers selected NCATA Player of the Week Honorable Mention
    April 13, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the final week of the regular season, Emily Powers of the King University acrobatics and tumbling team earned National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week Honorable Mention.
  • King tops Georgetown in final home meet
    April 09, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their final home meet of the season, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team earned their second win of the year, defeating Georgetown College (Ky.). The Tornado posted a program-best in the team event, taking the meet 271.035-213.320.
  • Banks named NCATA Player of the Week
    April 05, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in program history, the King University acrobatics & tumbling team has a National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week. Tosha Banks helped King set a program-highs in their meet against the University of Oregon last week to earn the distinction of NCATA Player of the Week.
  • King sets program best, falls to Oregon
    March 29, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team hosted the top-ranked team in the country on Wednesday night, the University of Oregon. The Tornado dropped the meet 283.850-272.395, but King set a three new program-highs, including the team event and total score.
  • Stone selected NCATA Player of the Week Honorable Mention
    March 23, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team continues to set new program benchmarks, and Sonia Stone was recognized after helping the Tornado to a pair of program highs last weekend. Stone was named National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week Honorable Mention following her performance over the weekend.
  • Tornado fall to Quinnipiac in home-opener
    March 18, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team hosted Quinnipiac University in their first home meet of the season on Saturday evening. The Tornado nearly set a program best for total score for their third straight meet, but the Bobcats came away with a 277.370-268.195 victory.
  • Tornado set program-highs, fall at Gannon
    March 11, 2017
    ERIE, Pa. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team turned in one of the best performances in school history on Saturday at Gannon University. However, the Tornado came up on the short end of a 272.765-268.255 final score as King set a new program record for total score in the meet.
  • Rivera named NCATA Player of the Week honorable mention
    March 01, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the King University acrobatics and tumbling team’s victory at Fairmont State University, one member of the Tornado was recognized by the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA). Kate Rivera earned NCATA Player of the Week honorable mention after she helped King set a school record for points in a meet.
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