EUGENE, Ore.- University of Oregon head acrobatics and tumbling coach Felecia Mulkey has announced the addition of five new Ducks to her 2012-13 roster.
Shelby Armstrong, Colleen Curry, Paris Duhamel, Alexis McCallister and Chandler White will join the rest of the 2011 NCATA National Champions on campus in the fall of 2012.
"All five of these athletes bring a different type of strength to our program," said Mulkey. "We are excited about this class because we were really able to go out and find the most talented athletes with excellent work ethics, which will fit perfectly into our program."
Oregon opens defense of its title on Feb. 17 in a tri-meet with Azusa Pacific and Quinnipiac on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena.
Caddo Mills, Texas/Bishop Lynch High School
High School/Club: Joins Oregon after achieving All-American, National Champion and World Champion accolades with the Cheer Athletics Panthers...involved off the mat with the Invisible Children Club, which fundraises to help stop the kidnappings of children to be trained as soldiers in Uganda and other parts of Africa.
Personal: Born on December 4 to Greg and Scherry Armstrong...has one brother, Justin.
Mulkey on Armstrong: "Shelby is a strong base with potential to grow into a powerhouse in that position. She is a talented tumbler that can execute any pass thrown her way. Shelby had her pick of college opportunities and we are happy that she chose to be a Duck."
Temecula, Calif./Great Oak High School
High School/Club: Active
with the Red Wave Club, which is a school spirit based organization...part of the
Personal : Born on January 5 to Tom and Nancy Curry...has two sisters, Cambria and Carly.
Mulkey on Curry: "Colleen is a versatile athlete that will be beneficial as a base and second-level flyer. She is a solid tumbler with the potential to add many elite passes to her arsenal. Colleen impressed me during the recruiting process with her willingness and ability to learn new skills. I feel confident that she will lead by example within our program."
5-8; Back Base
Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe High School
High School/Club: Twice made it to the high school state championships, capturing the title in 2009 after finishing runner up in 2008...honor roll recipient that was named most valuable by cheerleading squad last season... qualified for the 2008 World Championships with the Peak Athletics Tigers and posted a top-15 finish...has had success in track and field, earning third place in the 5A State Championships in the pole vault and second place on the 4x100 relay squad last season...was tabbed most valuable by track and field team in 2011 and had several scholarship offers in the sport...off the mat, stays heavily involved with special education children and started a cheerleading program focused on them in Centennial.
Personal: Daughter of Dawn and Bobby Duhamel, born on June 12...has two sisters, Monet and Cecelia.
Mulkey on Duhamel: "Paris is an all around athlete, her background in track and field will help her transition into a collegiate A & T back base. Her height and upper body strength needed for pole vault is essential for the back position. Paris' technique and attention to detail will play right into our scoring system."
Kennewick, Wash./Kamiakin High School
High School/Club: Cheers competitively at Elite Force Cheer...earned national championships in 2010 and 2011 in the stunts...captured Level Four Coed National Championship this past year.
Personal: Daughter of Todd and Rachelle McCallister...born on September 30...has a brother Luke and sister, Olivia.
Mulkey on McCallister: "Alexis is a solid base with elite tumbling skills. Her mindset is exactly what we look for within our program and her work ethic is unmatched. Every team needs an athlete like Alexis and we are happy that she decided to be a Duck."
Valencia, Calif./Hart High School
High School/Club: Won 2009 Large Varsity Advanced championship at USA Nationals, in addition to winning the Aloha Spirit International competition in Hawaii during the same year with Hart High School...began cheerleading and gymnastics career at GymCheerUSA and with the CA Flyers...won the Cheersport Nationals in 2008 with CA Flyers and finished in the top 30 at the World Championships...finished third in the state on the bars in level five competition and notched a 36 in the all-around portion...maintains a 3.53 GPA.
Personal: Born on November 8 to David and Susan White...has two brothers, Christopher and Chase and two sisters, Chelsea and Chloe...sister, Chelsea is a senior on the team.
Mulkey on White: "We looked for one flyer from across the nation this year...and it was Chandler White. Her balance, flexibility and air awareness make her a valuable asset in that position. Her tumbling skills match, if not surpass her flying ability. We are excited to get her on campus."