Gannon University and Erie Sports Commission Awarded 2018 NCATA National Championships
Posted: September 26, 2017
The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association
(NCATA) has awarded hosting rights for its 2018 national
championships scheduled for April 26-28 to Gannon University, the
Erie Sports Commission and the city of Erie. The organization made
the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
"We are excited to partner with Gannon University and the Erie
Sports Commission to host the 2018 NCATA National Championships,"
said NCATA Executive Director Janelle Cook. "Lisa Goddard McGuirk
and her staff are well positioned to host a special event for our
student-athletes and fans. The great staff at the Erie Sports
Commission and the community of Erie have been so supportive and
enthusiastic. We really look forward to bringing our championship
to their city."
The NCATA National Championships will be contested in the East
for only the third time ever and rst time since Fairmont State
(W.Va.) University served as the host in 2015. The national
championship event includes a single-elimination format with eight
qualifying teams via at-large bids. The Elite Eight kicks off
Thursday, April 26 with four quarter nal meets at the Hammermill
Center. The national semi nals are scheduled for Friday, April 27.
Championship Saturday (April 28) will include the individual event
championships in the morning and team national championship meet in
"I am ecstatic that the NCATA has chosen to bring its national
championship to Erie, Pennsylvania in 2018," said Erie Sports
Commission Executive Director Ron Sertz. "This event is perfect for
Erie. Several hundred student-athletes will travel to our city for
an extended trip, exposing a brand-new audience to all our region
offers. It will bring national attention to our region and the
stellar acrobatics and tumbling program that Gannon has built.
Hosting this event is a major win for the Erie Sports
Commission, Gannon University and our entire region." The
University of Oregon hosted the inaugural NCATA National
Championships in 2011. Other past hosts included Baylor
University (2012 and 2016), Quinnipiac University (2013), Azusa
Paci c University (2014 and 2017) and Fairmont State University
(2015). Baylor will be defending its crown after winning the last
two national championships. Both titles came via victories over
Oregon. The Ducks won the rst ve NCATA national championships,
before the Bears captured the last two.
"We are honored to have been selected to host the NCATA National
Championships," said Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard
McGuirk. "Our host group led by Gannon University and the Erie
Sports Commission wanted an opportunity to really showcase and
support this rapidly-growing intercollegiate sport. I know the City
of Erie and surrounding region will truly enjoy watching these
extremely talented student-athletes compete for the national titles
that will be at stake."
Gannon will be hosting a national championship for the second
time in the span of four years after hosting the 2014 NCAA Division
II Women's Basketball Elite Eight at the Erie Insurance Arena. The
Golden Knights have also hosted numerous NCAA regionals for women's
basketball, men's basketball, wrestling, women's volleyball,
women's soccer and men's soccer. Additionally, the University has
been the host site for countless conference championships and the
Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division II
The Erie Sports Commission has been a major piece of successful
hosting bids for the NCAA Division I Women's Hockey Frozen Four,
NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight, B.A.S.S. Masters
Mid-Atlantic Divisional, state bowling championships, state junior
wrestling championships and much more. As a result, the commission
has been named a nalist for the National Association of Sports
Commissions (NASC) Sports Commission of the Year award serving a
population under 400,000 four consecutive years. It was previously
named the National Sports Commission of the Year in the mid- to
small-market category by the NASC in both 2014 and 2016.
A member of the NCATA and the NCAA Division II, Gannon sponsors
20 varsity sports with over 580 student-athletes. Sixteen of the
school's 20 programs competed in the postseason last year with
eight advancing to the national postseason.
Academically, the entire student-athlete population produced a
combined 3.26 grade point average during the 2017 spring semester.
Over 70 percent of the students playing sports at Gannon achieved a
3.0 GPA or better. The 11 women's intercollegiate teams produced a
combined 3.39 GPA. In fact, all 11 teams achieved a team GPA of
3.03 or better. The men's intercollegiate teams produced a combined
3.15 GPA. Within the community, Gannon student-athletes performed
over 6,000 hours of volunteer work during the 2016-17 academic
First-year Gannon acrobatics and tumbling head coach Jacquie
Eshleman will attempt to qualify the Lady Knights for the national
championships after spending the previous four seasons at Alderson
Broaddus (W.Va.) University. Gannon has quali ed for the NCATA
National Championship three times during the program's four-year
Information relating to tickets, schedules and much more for the
2018 NCATA National Championships will be released at a later date.
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