Baylor’s Acrobatics and Tumbling Team is aiming for their fifth-straight National Title when they host the National Collegiate Association of Acrobatics and Tumbling National Championships.
They hosted the Championships three years ago, and Head Coach Felecia Mulkey is glad to have the tournament in their own building once again.
“It does we practiced in the gym last night and it just feels different,” She said. “They have it set up a little differently, but I think it will be a home meet intensified. I think we’re going to have a great crowd so we talked to the team about that, just be prepared for the energy in the room because I think there’s going to be a lot of it.”
Baylor hosting the National Championships three years ago, and since then the sport has nearly doubled in size. Mulkey credits events like this week at Baylor for a reason the sport is seeing such growth.
“We just added our 29th team yesterday, which is amazing,” she said. “The last time we were here at Baylor I think we only had 15 schools. We’re now at 29 schools, so yes, I’m a huge Baylor fan. I’m also a also a huge NCATA fan so I just love to see it grow. That’s one of the reasons I love being at Baylor. Because what Baylor does is they do it for Baylor but also for the sport. This championship so we can grow the sport. Everything we do we try to set the standard so this is a special place to be.”
Baylor will open the championships on Thursday with a quarterfinal match-up with No. 8 Gannon at the Ferrell Center. A win would earn them a trip to the semi-finals where they will meet the winner of Quinnipiac and Fairmont State. The Finals will be held Saturday at 6:30pm inside the Ferrell Center.