Baylor's Hope Bravo and Joie Hensley, and King's Claire Guittard earned week one accolades from the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA), as announced the association's awards committee on Thursday afternoon.
Bravo was named the NCATA Athlete of the Week, while Hensley and Guittard earned Specialist and Freshman of the Week honors for the first week of the season.
Athlete of the Week: Hope Bravo, Baylor (Senior - Dallas, Texas)
Baylor's Hope Bravo was named the NCATA Athlete of the Week after leading the four-time defending national champion Baylor Bears to a convincing 275.805-227.695 victory over West Liberty on the road last Sunday.
Bravo, a senior top from Dallas, Texas, competed in nine total heats for the Bears, helping Baylor record a 9.40 or higher in eight of those heats. Bravo helped lead BU to a perfect-10 in the compulsory toss, and a 9.60 in the five-element acro and synch toss heats. The senior also scored a 9.70 out of a possible 9.80 in the aerial tumbling heat.
Specialist of the Week: Joie Hensley, Baylor (Junior - Castle Pines, Colo.)
Hensley, a top from Castle Pines, Colo., helped the Baylor Bears record a 9.60 in synchronized toss, and a 9.80 in the open toss. Hensley's kick double in the toss heats helped Baylor compete with a 10.0 start value, and the execution of her skills received minimal to no dedications during the meet against West Liberty.
Freshman of the Week: Claire Guittard, King (Freshman - Connelly Springs, N.C.)
Guittard, a freshman from Connelly Springs, N.C., starred for the Tornado in her first career meet as KU earned a season opening win over No. 9 Alderson Broaddus. Guittard competed in nine heats against ABU, helping King to scores of 9.85 in compulsory toss, and 9.45 in the compulsory pyramid and inversion pyramid heats. Guittard also record an 8.45 (out of 8.90) in her individual tumbling pass (six element).
Honorable Mention (Athlete of the Week):
Ashley Berlin (King): Berlin competed in 14 total heats as King topped No. 9-ranked Alderson Broaddus to open the season last weekend. Berlin helped King score a 9.40 or higher in five heats during the victory, highlighted by a 9.85 in the compulsory toss, 9.65 in pyramid heat three, and a 9.60 in aerial tumbling.
Naiya Estell (Alderson Broaddus): Estell competed in 12 heats for the Battlers against King. The junior helped ABU record a meet-high score of 9.80 in pyramid heat one, and also led the Battlers to a pair of 9.55 scores in the compulsory toss and open pyramid.
Honorable Mention (Specialist of the Week):
Caitlynn Guzman (Davis & Elkins): Guzman helped the Senators to a score of 9.80 out of 10 in pyramid heat one, before following up the performance of 9.05 (out of 9.40) in the second heat of the pyramid event.
Chelsey Taylor (Alderson Broaddus): Taylor helped the Battlers record scores of 9.55 and 9.25 in the first two heats of the acro event.
Honorable Mention (Freshman of the Week):
Mercy Seay (Baylor): Seay competed in five heats for No. 1 Baylor at West Liberty last Sunday. She helped the Bears earn a 9.85 in compulsory pyramid, and also recorded a score of 9.650 (out of 10) in the open pass of tumbling.
Brianna Hawkins (Alderson Broaddus): Hawkins competed in nine heats for the Battlers, highlighted by scores of 9.55 in the compulsory toss and five-element acro heats. Hawkins also recorded a 9.10 (out of 9.80) in her individual tumbling heat (six element).