BRISTOL, Tenn. – Claire Guittard had a memorable debut for the King University acrobatics & tumbling team, helping the Tornado defeat ninth-ranked Alderson Broaddus for the first time in program history. On Thursday she was named National Acrobatics & Tumbling Coaches Association (NCATA) Freshman of the Week.
Guittard competed in nine events for the Tornado, including three were King outscored the Battlers. She helped King to scores of 9.85 in compulsory toss and 9.45 in the compulsory pyramid and inversion pyramid heats. In the tumbling six element pass Guittard scored 8.450 with a start value of 8.900.
She becomes the first Tornado to earn NCATA Freshman of the Week honors. Ashley Berlin earned honorable mention NCATA Athlete of the Week after competing in 14 events and helping King set a program-high in the tumbling duo pass.
The Tornado are in action again on February 22 at Belmont Abbey College. Along with the Crusaders, King will also take on East Texas Baptist University at 7:00 p.m.