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Acrobatics and Tumbling Ranked Fourth in National Poll

    By HPU Athletics. February 4, 2015 - 8:08 pm

acroThe Hawai’i Pacific Acrobatics and Tumbling Team is ranked fourth in the 2015 National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Led by the 2014 NCATA National Coach of the Year, Keenyn Won, the Sharks are expected to be contenders in 2015. HPU trails only four-time champion Oregon, Baylor, and rival Azusa Pacific in the poll.

The Sharks ended last season with a defeat by a narrow margin (279.665-280.740) to Quinnipiac in the quarterfinals of the national championships. However, the coaches voted HPU ahead of the Bobcats in the preseason poll based on HPU’s strong recruiting class and returning talent.

Last season was the inaugural team of acrobatics and tumbling at HPU and the Sharks impressed onlookers nationwide. HPU proved to be a tough match, improving in every meet it competed in. Not only were the Sharks a force in the NCATA, but they did it with one of the smallest rosters in the country.

Retuning is Nancy Miceli, who earned NCATA All-American status a year ago. The senior from Orlando could do it all; she typically competed in 14 of the 21 heats, including the Duo and Solo Pass. Miceli was part of the Pyramid Heat One team that registered the first perfect 10 in HPU history.

HPU also welcomes back six other players who saw significant action in 2014.

The Sharks open the season on a four-match road trip, beginning at Azusa Pacific on February 17th. HPU won’t be on island until March 19th when Fairmont State comes to visit.

 

Photo by Eric Alcantara