Acrobatics & Tumbling News Archives

February 4, 2016
Tornado ready to kickoff 2016 campaign
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team is coming off of a successful second season a year ago and head coach Megan Bamford has the Tornado primed for more improvement in 2016. Bamford returns the majority of a roster that set many program bests last season, and she has added some new athletes as the Tornado prepare to set more program bests in their third season.

April 24, 2015
King falls to Baylor in NCATA Quaterfinals
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Competing at the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling (NCATA) National Championships for the second time in the two-year history of the program, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team faced a familiar foe in top seed Baylor University. The eight seeded Tornado hung with the Bears throughout the first half, but Baylor pulled away in the second stanza to take the contest 283.615-258.965.

April 14, 2015
King selected to NCATA National Championships
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in the two year history of the King University acrobatics and tumbling program, the Tornado will compete at the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships. King was selected as the eighth seed and face top-seeded Baylor University on Friday, April 24 at 2:45 p.m.

March 29, 2015
King drops regular season finale at Fairmont State
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A day after competing in a tri meet, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team squared off with Fairmont State University. The Tornado stayed close until Fairmont State started to pull away after halftime taking the 263.135-250.240 victory.

March 28, 2015
Tornado fall to Alderson Broaddus, Quinnipiac
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team returned to the mat on Saturday when they faced Alderson Broaddus University and Quinnipiac University. The Tornado got off to a slow start, and couldn’t get come back as they totaled 246.490 points, falling to Alderson Broaddus’ 264.875 and Quinnipiac’s 269.830 totals.

March 10, 2015
Team routine gives King comeback win over Gannon
ERIE, Pa. – In a matchup of the eighth and ninth ranked teams in the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA), the King University acrobatics and tumbling team came away with their third straight win. King trailed the Golden Knights by nearly three points going into the final event of the meet, but King posted a team routing score of 89.11, lifting the Tornado over Gannon 252.875-249.425.

March 8, 2015
King earns first wins over Adrian, Concordia Wisconsin
ADRIAN, Mich. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team earned their first wins of the year on Sunday and eclipsed their win total from last year. In a tri meet, King scored 250.660 points to top Adrian College and Concordia University Wisconsin who scored 229.670 and 228.120, respectively.

February 21, 2015
Bears tumble past King
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Despite all the snow, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team took on Baylor University. The Bears started the meet strong and didn’t let up, whereas the Tornado struggled at points throughout the meet as Baylor topped King 276.595-250.795.

February 21, 2015
Acrobatics and tumbling against Baylor pushed back to 7:00 p.m.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Due to the snow falling in Bristol today, the acrobatics and tumbling meet against Baylor University has been pushed back. Instead of the original 5:00 p.m. start time, the meet will now start at 7:00 p.m.

February 8, 2015
Tornado set program bests, fall to Alderson Broaddus
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team opened their second season on a Sunday against Alderson Broaddus University. The Tornado outperformed their best numbers from a season ago in nearly every heat, but the Tornado fell to the Battlers 272.185-262.405.

February 4, 2015
Tornado ready to start year two
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off their first season, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team is a little more prepared for their second season in 2015. Head coach Megan Bamford took over the Tornado midway through last season, and led King to their first win near the end of the year giving King room for improvement going into year two.

April 24, 2014
King's inaugural season ends at the NCATA National Championships
AZUSA, Calif. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team capped a successful inaugural season on Thursday afternoon at the NCATA (National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association) National Championships. King, the ninth seed squared off with eighth seeded Alderson Broaddus University in the first round, and the Battlers took a 257.55-220.985 victory to advance in the tournament.

April 13, 2014
Tornado set a pair of season bests in final home meet
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their final home meet of the season, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team posted a season-high with their total score against Fairmont State University. The Fighting Falcons took the meet 276.90-245.145 in both teams final tune up before the NCATA National Championships in two weeks.

March 14, 2014
Tornado earn first victory with win over Adrian
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team has been making history all season as one of 10 schools in the country that sponsor an acrobatics and tumbling program. On Friday, the Tornado made even more history as they won their first meet in the short history of the program, defeating Adrian College 244.34-226.12 as part of a tri meet at Fairmont State University. King fell to the hosts 276.245-244.34.

March 9, 2014
Tornado fall to Alderson Broaddus and Gannon
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team continued their inaugural season when they faced Alderson Broaddus University and Gannon University in a tri meet on Sunday afternoon. The Tornado finished with 238.615 points while Alderson Broaddus and Gannon finished with 267.84 and 269.015, respectively.

February 26, 2014
Bamford named head acrobatics and tumbling coach
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the departure of Amber King, King University’s current acrobatics and tumbling coach, King moved quickly to hire their next coach of the fledgling program. Athletic director David Hicks announced on Wednesday that Megan Bamford, a former acrobatics and tumbling national champion at the University of Oregon will lead the Tornado going forward.

February 16, 2014
King falls in first acrobatics and tumbling home meet
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In its first-ever home acrobatics and tumbling meet, King University fell to the Battlers of Alderson Broaddus University 263.26-226.49 in front a crowd of over 300 fans.

February 13, 2014
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.

February 9, 2014
King falls to Adrian in first meet
ADRIAN, Mich. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team took the mat for the first time in a competition on Sunday when they faced Adrian College. The Tornado held a halftime lead, but the Bulldogs came back to take the 236.41-234.63 victory in the first meet for both teams.

February 6, 2014
Tornado anxious to take the mat in inaugural season
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University has added a number of sports in recent years, and 2014 will mark the inaugural competition of the institution’s 25th sport. For the first time in its history, King will field a team in acrobatics and tumbling, a sport that features elements of gymnastics in multiple events to compile a team score. The Tornado are one of 10 collegiate teams to sponsor the sport and will take to the mat for the team’s first-ever meet on February 9 at Adrian College.

September 13, 2013
King visits U.S. Olympic Training facility
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Last weekend, King University acrobatics & tumbling coach Amber King and athlete Amanda Smith got the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Olympic Training facility in Huntsville, Texas to attend a training session for the sport. The duo, along with coaches and athletes from other National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) member institutions, attended the event. Former U.S. Olympic Gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi hosted the event.

February 5, 2013
Acrobatics & Tumbling to Hold Prospects Camp
Those high school students interested in being on the first King Acrobatics & Tumbling team can participate in a prospects camp, March 2.

October 19, 2012
Amber King Named Acrobatics & Tumbling Head Coach
Athletic Director David Hicks has announced that Amber King will serve as the first head coach of Acrobatics & Tumbling.

September 27, 2012
King Introduces Acrobatics and Tumbling as Newest Sport Addition
King College has announced the addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling as its 25th varsity athletic program, set to begin competition in Fall 2013.