Gannon has officially added the women’s sport of acrobatics and tumbling, a hyrbid sport that features components of gymnastics and competitive cheer.
Gannon, the 10th college to sponsor the sport nationally, also hired the program’s first coach. Former University of Oregon All-American Chelsea White will guide the Knights as the team prepares for its first season in the spring of 2014. Oregon is the three-time defending national champion, and White competed on the 2011 and 2012 title teams.
Gannon expects to have a roster of about 40 student-athletes. A total of 28 women make up a meet-day roster. A typical meet features two to four teams, which compete in six events: compulsory, acro, pyramid, toss, tumbling and team.
The sport is governed by the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association, but officials hope the sport eventually is sanctioned by the NCAA.
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