Tornado host inaugural meet on Sunday

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University's newest sport, acrobatics and tumbling competed in their first meet last weekend, and will host their first meet this Sunday at the Student Center Complex. The Tornado will host Alderson Broaddus University, who will be competing in their first meet at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

In their first meet, King took on Adrian College, who is also in their first year of competition. The Tornado held a slim lead throughout the first half, and had a 101.11-99.78 lead at the break. King held nearly a three point lead going into the final event of the meet, the team routine. However, Adrian outscored the Tornado by more than four points to take the meet 236.41-234.63.

"Competing at Adrian was a great experience and we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of our very first meet went," head coach Amber King said. "It was a nail biting meet with only 1.78 points separating us from a win. Both teams showed great sportsmanship and our players were proud to have won the acro, pyramid, and tumbling events. I'll take that for a season opener! Overall, the girls had a blast and continually expressed their gratitude and joy for competing and for this new sport. It was an emotional and surreal day for all of us."

Acrobatics and tumbling is derived from a combination of gymnastics disciplines that shares similarities to competitive cheerleading. The sport does not emphasize any single gymnastics discipline but instead focuses on a skill set that encompasses traits from all areas. Student-athletes perform skills that have a predetermined value and will be judged on their execution of each. Two to four teams can compete at a meet, which includes six events that have varying numbers of heats.

"The team feels prepared and proud as we host Alderson Broaddus on Sunday. We are excited to show King what this sport is all about and we are excited to make history in our home gym," King continued. "It truly is an amazing feeling for all of us new coaches and athletes this year. I am honored to be a part of the NCATA (National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association) and forefront of this new sport, and we cannot wait to represent King and the NCATA on Sunday. We are making only a few minor tweaks in our last couple practices and are ready to live it all over again!"

Live video will be available on KingTornado.com if fans can't make it to the Student Center Complex.