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By HPU Athletics. April 30, 2014 - 5:01 pm
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First year Head Coach Keenyn Won made a big impression in a short amount of time with the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA), the Kunia native was recently named National Coach of the Year by the organization. Malyssa Barbasa and Nancy Miceli were selected as All-Americans.
Won led the inaugural team of acrobatics and tumbling at Hawai’i Pacific and impressed onlookers nationwide. HPU proved to be a contender, improving in every meet it competed in. Not only were the Sea Warriors a force in the NCTA, but they did it with one of the smallest rosters in the country.
“I am honored and humbled to be named coach of the year. I was honestly a little shocked, but I am grateful. However, this award doesn’t really belong to me, it is because of my hard working student-athletes and coaches that I was chosen,” said Won.
Won is a veteran of A&T. She was a student-athlete during A&T’s inaugural year at the University of Oregon in 2010. She was also a part of the Duck teams that won the NCATA Championship in 2011 and 2012.
Won excelled as a competitive cheerleader here on Oahu as she was a four-time Hawaii High School Athletics Association (HHSAA) All-State First Teamer while attending Kamehameha-Kapalama High School. Her senior year she was the HHSAA Cheerleader of the Year. She led talented teams, wining the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) national championship in 2007 and 2008. Won went onto become an instructor for two years for UCA.
Barbasa is a senior from Honolulu who excelled in all six events. She specialized in the Six Element Pass, earning a berth in the national event finals.
Miceli, a junior from Orlando, was another player that could do it all. She typically competed in 14 of the 21 heats, including the Duo and Solo Pass.
Barbasa and Miceli were both on the Pyramid Heat One team that registered the first perfect 10 in HPU history.
HPU was the only first-year team to land anyone on the All-American Team.