EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Acrobatics and Tumbling seniors Alyssa Hew spirit Sarah Buchner got championship week started on a high note, earning national recognition days before the NCATA National Championships.
He earned NCATA All-American honors for the second year in a row, becoming Oregon’s 10th two-time All-American. The Canadian was UO’s go-to tumbler in the open pass, where she never scored below a 9.80. She was one of the only Ducks to compete in every event over the course of the season while also serving as a top, base and tumbler in the team event.
Buchner was named to the NCATA All-Academic Team for the first time. The senior was one of four members of the team with a 4.0 GPA. On the mat, the New Jersey native helped the Ducks score a 9.70 or better in every compulsory pyramid event. She also emerged as a contributor in aerial tumbling with a 9.925 against Azusa Pacific, Oregon’s best score in the heat since 2016.
In addition to Buchner, twenty-two Ducks earned NCATA Honor Roll recognition for their work in the classroom: Alena Aucker, Kaylie Barrera, Haley Ellis, Bethany Glick, Emilie Henningsen, Alyssa Hew, Kaylene Iriye, Mallory Kent, Bailee Lamson, Gabby Long, Alexis Lindsey, Emily Lorimor, Camille Mantoani, Logan McBain, Caelin Niebergall, Karly Nowak, Kierstin Rouse, Morgan Sweeney, Sydney Szarka, Lindsey Tarr, Alexis Weller spirit Cami Wilson. The NCATA Academic Honor Roll includes all active Acrobatics & Tumbling student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher.
The Ducks are back on the mat this weekend for the NCATA National Championships. Meets start at 11 am on Thursday and No. 5 Oregon will battle No. 4 Quinnipiac at 7 pm in Matthew Knight Arena. The meet will be streamed on ESPN+.
Fans can purchase all-session tickets for the NCATA National Championships at am.ticketmaster.com/oregonducks/AcroTix.
2022 NCATA All-Academic Team
Peyton Barnes, Fairmont State University (3.97, Triple Major: National Security and Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Political Science)
Sarah BuchnerUniversity of Oregon (4.0, Biology)
Kamryn Kitchens, Baylor University (3.91, Neuroscience)
Kenzie Kyle, West Liberty University (4.0, Education)
Josie McDevitt, Converse University (9.95, International Business)
Kyla Roberts, Quinnipiac University (3.99, Physician Assistant)
Rylee Rossman, Limestone University (4.0, Elementary Education)
Avery Tyson, Hawaii Pacific University (4.0, Psychology)
2022 NCATA All-America Team
**Hannah Alonzo, Azusa Pacific (Senior – Base – San Antonio, Texas)
*Riley Chimwala, Baylor (Sophomore – Base – Plano, Texas)
*Isabella Delacruz, Hawai’i Pacific (Sophomore – Base/Tumbler – Wantagh, NY)
Jessica Gill, Azusa Pacific (Senior – Top – La Verne, Calif.)
Claire Guittard, King (Senior – Base/Tumbler – Connelly Springs, NC)
*Alyssa HewOregon (Senior – Base/Top/Tumbler – Markham, Ontario)
Abbie Hoffman, Gannon (Senior – Base – Grand Blanc, Mich.)
Bayley Humphrey, Baylor (Sophomore – Base – Chandler, Ariz.)
Asia Johnson, Quinnipiac (Senior – Base – New Britain, Conn.)
Alyssa Loo, Converse (Senior – Base – Wesley Chapel, Fla.)
Brooke McAfee, Limestone (Senior – Base/Tumbler – Chapin, SC)
Cassidy Osher, Quinnipiac (5th Year – Top/Base – Old Bridge, NJ)
Ali Price, Gannon (Sophomore – Top/Tumbler – New Paris, Pa.)
*Alexis Smith, Fairmont State (5th Year – Top/Base/Tumbler – Parkersburg, W.Va.)
*Emily Tobin, Baylor (Junior – Top/Tumbler – Templeton, Calif.)
*Jacie Van de Zilver, Azusa Pacific (Senior – Top – Jackson, NJ)
*also a 2021 NCATA All-American
**also a NCATA All-America selection in 2019 and 2021