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Acrobatics & Tumbling Athletes of the Week – March 1-6, 2022
Awards are given by NCATA and conference offices. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.

National
Athlete of the Week
Ali Price - Gannon
Price, a sophomore top and tumbler from New Paris, Pa., competed in 11 heats and team event for Gannon during its two meets on the west coast last week. She began the week by leading Gannon to a win over No. 5 Hawaii Pacific during a tri-meet at Azusa Pacific. During the meet, Price helped the Knights to season high scores in the compulsory toss (9.95) and open toss (9.85/9.90) heats. Four days later, Gannon earned its first-ever win over Oregon as the Knights posted their highest meet score since 2020. Against the No. 3-ranked Ducks, Price helped her team to five season highs, including compulsory tumbling, acro seven-element, inversion pyramid, duo tumbling and six-element tumbling. She competed in the six-element tumbling pass twice last week, recording a 9.725 on Tuesday at APU and a 9.775 at Oregon.

Specialist of the Week
Abbie Hoffman - Gannon
Hoffman, a senior base from Grand Blanc, Mich., starred in the pyramid event for the Knights during a pair of wins over top five opponents last week. On Saturday evening during Gannon's win over No. 3 Baylor, Hoffman was a primary base in all three heats as the Knights set a season high score of 29.55 in the pyramid event. During Saturday's meet, Gannon scored a 9.95 in the inversion pyramid, a 9.75 in the synchronized pyramid and a 9.85 in the open pyramid. The scores in the inversion and open pyramids set new season highs. Earlier in the week during a tri-meet at Azusa Pacific, Price and Gannon recorded scores of 9.60 or higher in each of the pyramid heats during the meet.

Freshman of the Week
Ayanna Manning - Converse
Manning, a freshman base and tumbler from Abingdon, Md., competed in nine heats and team event as Converse defeated Presbyterian in a dual meet last week. She helped Converse to three scores of 9.50 or higher, including a 9.85 in the inversion pyramid, a 9.70 in the compulsory pyramid and a 9.55 in the compulsory toss. She also recorded an 8.55 out of 9.10 in the open tumbling pass during the Converse victory. Manning competes as a tumbler, back base, mid-level base and bottom base throughout the meet.



Mountain East Conference
Athlete of the Week
Kayla Wade - West Virginia Wesleyan
Wade, a fifth-year senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., was named athlete of the week after the Bobcats defeated Alderson Broaddus on Sunday (March 6) 260.015-146.675. Wade was a major contributor in helping the 'Cats break a program record in total points at Sunday's meet. In the Compulsory event, the Bobcats scored above a 9.0 in all three heats. Wade served as a base in the compulsory pyramid event and a mid in the compulsory toss event. Wade was an integral part of the pyramid teams that scored above a 9.5 in three heats. In the third heat of the Acro event, Wade executed the role of base and helped her team score an 8.8. In the toss event, Wade helped deliver a score of 9.7 in heat one as a base and 9.05 in the synch toss. To conclude the meet, Wade helped the Bobcats record their highest team event score of the season (89.74).



Conference Carolinas
Athlete of the Week
Tanjae Lugo - Converse
A senior from Elgin, Illinois, Lugo helped No. 7 Converse to a 261.310-249.975 top-15 victory over No. 12 Presbyterian College. Lugo competed as a top, base and tumbler in various heats in the victory that allowed Converse to improve to 5-0. Lugo was solid throughout the team victory, but she was especially strong in helping Converse to a 9.85 in the inversion pyramid and a 9.8 in the 5 Element Acro. She also secured a 9.175 out of 9.55 (individual pass) in the 6 Element Pass.