A pair of National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) student-athletes turned in top three finishes at the 2018 USA Gymnastics Championships last week, including Baylor senior Hope Bravo and incoming Azusa Pacific freshman Hannah Alonzo.
Bravo, who helped Baylor to their fourth-consecutive NCATA National Championship last season, took second place with a score of 131.600 in tumbling last week in Greensboro, N.C. With the second place finish, Bravo has earned a spot on the USA Trampoline and Tumbling National Team for the second-consecutive year.
Bravo, a Dallas, Texas native, also competed for the United States in the 2017 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships last fall in Bulgaria. Bravo finished second among her American teammates and 19th overall at last year's world championship event.
Alonzo, an incoming freshman for Azusa Pacific, capped her junior elite acrobatics career last week in Greensboro by placing third in the Junior Elite women's pair event. The 2018 National Championship event capped a seven-year stretch in Acrobatic Gymnastics for Alonzo.
In her first year competing on a national level, she became a national champion as a level five base before transiting to compete as a pair base. Alonzo and her partner were also named to the USA Acrobatics Gymnastics Team in 2016, where they placed third at the Poland International Acro Cup in Rzeszow, Poland.