BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University acrobatics & tumbling athlete Moira Lyons had a great freshman season, culminating in an award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Along with Lyons, Maya Fuller and Ashley Berlin earned All-ECAC honors while Abigail Keith garnered honorable mention recognition.
Lyons competed in 14 events for the Tornado throughout the year as a base, back base and tumbler. Lyons helped King set 11 season-highs, including on program best during her rookie campaign. The program-best score of 9.80 in acro heat 1 came in the opening meet of the season against Converse College.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native helped King to 10 other season-bests, including all four heats in the compulsory event and all three heats in the pyramid event. Lyons also helped King to season-bests in toss heat 3 and the tumbling trio pass as well as the team routine. Lyons is the first Tornado to be selected ECAC Freshman of the Year.
Fuller, a senior from Shelbyville, Ga., earns All-ECAC honors for the first time. She helped King to a program-best in acro event 1 and six other season-bests. Along with Lyons, she helped set the standard for the season in the tumbling trio pass as well as all of the heats in the compulsory event, all three heats in the pyramid event and toss heat 1.
Berlin is a sophomore from Surgoinsville, Tenn., and she earns All-ECAC honors for the first time. She qualified for the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Event Finals in the tumbling six-element. She posted a program-best score of 9.850, finishing second behind a competitor from Oregon who scored 9.875. She helped the Tornado set eight season-highs on the year.
Keith earns honorable mention All-ECAC for the first time. The junior from Lewis Creek, Ohio, helped King set six season-high scores this season, competing 14 different heats for the Tornado.