WACO, Texas – Baylor University junior-transfer Hope Bravo was named to the 2017 USA Gymnastics Senior Elite Trampoline & Tumbling National Team, becoming the first student-athlete in the history of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) to earn an invitation to the World Championships at the senior elite level. The 2017 USA Gymnastics World Championships will take place on Nov. 9-19 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Bravo will begin her road to Bulgaria at the Team USA Preparation Camp on Oct. 31-Nov. 4. The Baylor student-athlete has logged stellar performances over the past year in USA Gymnastics competition, punctuated by a fourth-place finish in tumbling at the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Throughout her career on the junior circuit, Bravo earned three first-place finishes, including back-to-back tumbling titles at the 2013 and 2014 Stars & Stripes Cups in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Back-to-back second-place finishes in 2017 at the Winter Classic in Battle Creek, Michigan and the Elite Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colorado further bolstered Bravo's resume. Her selection at the World Championships demonstrates the immense level of talent acrobatics and tumbling student athletes continue to showcase while also breaking new ground representing the NCATA on an international platform.
Bravo will debut with the Bears this upcoming February, joining Baylor's run at a fourth consecutive NCATA National Championship. The Bears will begin the 2018 season against Concordia University of Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
Visit the official USA Gymnastics events page for more details surrounding the upcoming World Championships in November. In addition, follow the NCATA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates during Bravo's run at the World Championships.