Acro & Tumbling Athletes of the Week – Feb. 6-9, 2020
Awards are given by NCATA and conference offices.

National

Athlete of the Week
Payton Coon - Oregon
Coon, a 2019 NCATA All-American from Portland, Oregon, helped the University of Oregon to a score of 280.68 during its season opener against nationally-ranked Hawaii Pacific. The senior top, base and tumbler competed in 13 heats for the Ducks, helping Oregon record a perfect-10 in three different heats during the meet (compulsory toss, seven-element acro, and open pyramid). Coon also helped Oregon score a 9.95 in compulsory pyramid, and the senior tallied a 9.90 in her solo tumbling pass, the six-element.

Specialist of the Week
Jessica Rubbo - Limestone
Rubbo, a sophomore from Lexington, S.C., excelled in the pyramid event during a 1-1 week for the Limestone Acrobatics & Tumbling Team. Rubbo competed in all three pyramid heats as a mid-level and helped Limestone record four scores of 9.80 or higher last week. She helped the Saints to a 9.90 in the inversion pyramid against Saint Leo, and a 9.90 in the open pyramid against Baylor.

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Madiha Morris - Azusa Pacific
Morris, a freshman from Chicago Heights, Ill., competed in six different heats for Azusa Pacific during last week’s win over Arizona Christian and helped lead the Cougars to a score of 9.90 in three different heats, including the compulsory toss, synchronized pyramid and 450 salto toss. Morris also helped APU record a 9.75 in the six-element acro and synchronized toss.

Kaleigh Pensavalle - Saint Leo
Pensavalle, a freshman top and tumbler, competed in 13 heats and team event to help lead Saint Leo during its meet against Limestone. The freshman helped Saint Leo record a 9.65 in the compulsory toss, a 9.35 in the compulsory pyramid, and an 8.90 (out of 9.40) in the open pyramid. Pansavalle was also a top and tumbler in team event, helping Saint Leo record a score of 85.35 in their first ever meet.



Mountain East Conference

Athlete of the Week
Alavia Anderson - West Liberty
Anderson, a sophomore top from New Martinsville, W.Va., played a key role in numerous events for the Hilltoppers on Thursday as they rolled to a record-setting victory against West Virginia Wesleyan in a mutual season opener. She competed in 10 events for the Black and Gold on Thursday as West Liberty set a school record for total points in the 254.57-247.37 victory over the Bobcats.