Athlete of the Week
Genesis Carson – Limestone
Carson, a sophomore top and tumbler from Newport News, Va., earned the first NCATA Athlete of the Week honor of the 2023 season after leading sixth-ranked Limestone to a win over No. 2 Gannon over the weekend. Carson competed in 10 heats and team event for Saints, scoring a 9.50 or higher in four of the heats. Her performance was headlined by a 9.80 in the open pyramid and a 9.75 in the synch pyramid. She also helped Limestone to a 9.55 in the seven-element acro, a 9.50 in the compulsory pyramid and she scored a 9.375 (out of 9.60) in the aerial tumbling pass.
Specialist of the Week
Riley Chimwala – Baylor
Chimwala, a junior from Plano, Texas, was a standout in the acro event for Baylor this week, leading the Bears to a 9.85 in the five-element acro and a 9.35 in the six-element acro. She serves as a solo base in both acro heats and is the only base in the country to compete the single base toss to extended position. She also competes the low to high single base 180-degree twist as a base.
Freshman of the Week
Kacie Kier – Limestone
Kier, a base and tumbler from Elgin, S.C., competed in eight heats and team event during her debut for Limestone last week. Her performance was highlighted by a 9.80 in the open pyramid, a 9.75 in the synch pyramid and a 9.575 in the open tumbling pass.