Terps Land Six NCATA All-Americans
April 7, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Six members of the Maryland competitive cheer team were named National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association All-Americans Thursday night at the NCATA's inaugural banquet held at Autzen Stadium.
Season Daugherty, Ali Iovino, Danielle Jenkins, Samantha Johnson, Kaitlyn Letourneau and Lauren Shannon were all named to the first-ever NCATA All-American team. The Terrapins nabbed six of the nine spots on the team.
Baylor's Jayme Edwards and Madeline Felio also earned All-America status and Oregon's Chelsea White rounded out the team.
To earn All-America status, athletes had to compete in every skill event in a minimum of two home and two away meets. Those with the highest scores earned All-America honors.
The Terrapins will compete in the inaugural NCATA national championships this weekend at the Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus.
The second-seeded Terps earned a first round by due to their 8-0 regular season record. They will first compete Friday at 9 p.m. ET vs. the winner of No. 6 Quinnipiac (1-5) and No. 3 Azusa Pacific (3-4).
The winner of the second round matchup will compete in the national championship match at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Fans can watch all of the NCATA Championships online for $12.95 for the full weekend or $9.95 per day. For information on where to watch and the latest results, please visit NCATA Championships Central.
Saturday will also include event finals. The four teams with the highest event score averages will compete. The Terrapins will compete in the stunt (No. 4 seed), basket toss (No. 3 seed) and tumbling (No. 1 seed) event finals. There are no event finals for the compulsory or team routine rounds. Event finals begin at 9 p.m. ET on April 9.
Maryland owns the NCATA season high event scores in compulsories (39.79), tumbling (56.42) and the team routine (107.42).
This is the first season the six NCATA member schools competed in all NCATA meets and nationals. An NCATA meet is made up of six rounds, compulsories, stunts, pyramid, basket toss, tumbling and the team routine.