Texas Acrobats sign with NCATA Schools

The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) announced that 115 student-athletes signed letters of intent this past November as part of the early signing period. This represents a 60% increase over the previous fall commitments. According to the NCATA press release, “[this] further solidifies the rampant rise of acrobatics and tumbling as the NCATA has seen a drastic influx in participation and member institutions over the past three seasons.”

Acrobatics & Tumbling, a discipline of USA Gymnastics, is the evolution of different forms of gymnastics and involves tumbling, tosses, and acrobatic lifts and pyramids. Teams participate in head-to-head competition and are scored in six events, including Compulsory, Acro, Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling, and Team. Acrobatics & Tumbling is a recent addition to collegiate sports programs in a growing number of colleges and university across the country. Currently there are 23 member schools in the US, making the sport a great collegiate opportunity for both artistic and acrobatic gymnasts.

The 2017 fall signing included 15 student-athletes from Texas, including three from clubs with acrobatics programs:

Hannah Alonzo – Boerne Gymnastics Center

City San Antonio, TX
High School Health Careers High School
NCATA school signed with Azusa Pacific University
Gymnastics club & primary coaches Boerne Gymnastics Center, Rumen and Radostina  Lachkov
Gymnastics/Acro background Competed 7 yrs in acro, jr. elite 12-18, was a national team member
Other honors/achievements 3rd place at Rzeszow International Acro Cup
Planned major/career Pre Med, Plastic Surgeon

Kayla Pilcher – Aerial Athletics

City San Antonio, TX
High School Ronald Reagan High School
NCATA school signed with University of Oregon
Gymnastics club & primary coaches Aerial Athletics/ Heather Schnelzer
Gymnastics/Acro background Level 10 artistic gymnast
Other honors/achievements State and Regional qualifier
Planned major/career Biology/ Pre-Med
Advice for young gymnasts
  1. research colleges with Acro and Tumbling on youtube to assess their skill level and if you could be a competitive addition to the team.
  2. Create your own youtube video highlighting your tumbling skills.
  3. Visit your top choice schools and/or attend their summer camps, to meet the coaches and team members to better assess your fit and get a feel for the team “personality”


Kailey Wischer – Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio

City San Antonio, TX
High School Reagan High School
NCATA school signed with Azusa Pacific University
Gymnastics club & primary coaches AGSA – Vladimir Vladev & Jennifer Banowsky
Gymnastics/Acro background 1-year Acrobatic Gymnastics, 7-years Artistic Gymnastics
Other honors/achievements 2017 Texas State Champion level 9 Pair; Several state and national titles in Artistic Gymnastics over the years; Two years competitive dance; Three year varsity diver for Reagan High School
Planned major/career Marketing
Advice for young gymnasts Achieving your goal makes every workout worth it!

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