BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive season, the King University acrobatics & tumbling team has the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Freshman of the Year. Claire Guittard takes home honors this year to lead the Tornado All-ECAC selections. Along with Guittard, Ashley Berlin and Abigail Keith earned All-ECAC honors while Maya Hines and Caroline Versluis earned honorable mention recognition.
Guittard follows Moira Lyons as ECAC Freshman of the Year as Lyons took home honors a season ago. This year, Guittard was selected ECAC Freshman of the Week on March 13 and earned National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Freshman of the Week on February 7.
The Connelly Springs, N.C., native also helped the Tornado to 10 season-high scores and one program best in 2019. She was a member of all four compulsory heats, acro heat two, pyramid heat one and toss heats two and three. In the tumbling event, she was a member of the triple pass that scored a season-high 8.300 on March 6 against fourth-ranked Azusa Pacific University. Guittard opened the season by helping the Tornado set a program-high with a quad pass score of 8.100 as King defeated 10th-ranked Alderson Broaddus University for the first time in program history.
Berlin earns All-ECAC honors for the second straight year. Earlier this spring she was selected NCATA All-America. The Surgoinsville, Tenn. native helped King set four program-bests this year, including three in the tumbling event. For the second straight year, Berlin competed in the NCATA Event Finals, finishing fifth in the aerial pass. She was a member of the acro heat three group that set a program-high with a score of 9.80 against fourth-ranked Azusa Pacific. The duo of Berlin and Versluis set the program-high in the duo pass, scoring 9.150 twice. Berlin then set school records with scores of 9.900 in the aerial pass and 9.775 in the open pass. She was selected ECAC Player of the Week on February 27.
Keith earns All-ECAC honors a season after garnering honorable mention recognition. The Lewis Center, Ohio native was a member of the acro heat three group that set a program-high with a score of 9.80 against fourth-ranked Azusa Pacific. She also helped the Tornado set eight season-high scores during her senior season. Keith was selected ECAC Specialist of the Week on March 7.
Hines earns All-ECAC honors for the first time in her career with the honorable mention accolades. The senior from Wesley Chapel, Fla., was a member of the acro heat three group that set a program-high with a score of 9.80 against fourth-ranked Azusa Pacific. She also helped King set seven season-highs in her final campaign.
In her first season on campus, Versluis earns honorable mention All-ECAC accolades. The tandem of Versluis and Berlin set the program record tumbling duo pass score of 9.150 twice throughout the season. The Milton, Ga., native also helped the Tornado to five other season-high scores in the nine heats she competed in. Versluis was twice selected ECAC Freshman of the Week, first on March 7 and again on March 21.