Four-time defending national champion Baylor A&T ready to defend title in Waco
Baylor’s acrobatics & tumbling team won’t have to go far to defend their national title this spring. The four-time defending NCATA champions will have the opportunity to defend their title right here in Waco later this month, as they host the 2019 NCATA National Championship at the Ferrell Center.
Led by their fifth-year head coach Felecia Mulkey, the Bears will go for an unprecedented fifth straight national championship — and that timing is no coincidence. Mulkey has taken the program to the next level since her arrival in 2014, leading the Bears to a 49-1 record over the last five years while training 13 NCATA All-Americans and bringing home the title to Baylor every year.
The No. 1-ranked Bears remain undefeated this season at 8-0, and will close out their regular season on Sunday with a huge home meet against No. 2 Oregon. Adding to the rivalry between the sport’s top two teams is the fact that Mulkey came to Baylor five years ago from Oregon, where the Ducks had won the previous four national titles. (That’s right: Between Oregon and Baylor, Mulkey has hoisted the national championship trophy in each of the NCATA’s first eight years of existence.)
Following the Bears’ regular season finale against Oregon, Baylor will have a little over two weeks to get ready for the national championship, set for April 25-27. Tickets are on sale now through Baylor Athletics.
This isn’t the first time Baylor has hosted a national championship. The NCAA Tennis Championships were held at the Hurd Tennis Center in 2015, and Baylor equestrian has hosted the NCEA national championship 12 times in the association’s 17-year history (including this year’s event, April 17-19). Baylor has also hosted the NCATA national championships twice before, in 2012 and 2016.
With some of the nation’s top facilities, a reputation as a great host, and a supportive Waco community that provides great hospitality to visitors, it’s no surprise that Baylor continues to be selected to host national championships.
Sic ’em, Baylor A&T!