WACO, Texas -- Baylor acrobatics and tumbling signed three talented student-athletes for its 2018 roster in Hope Bravo (Dallas, Texas), Emily Hoppie (Coppell, Texas) and Kara Warren (Hoover, Alabama). Third-year head coach Felecia Mulkey first two signing classes helped produce national championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
"Adding these three girls to an already very well-rounded group of nine that we signed back in November is a blessing," said Mulkey. "I'm very excited for this class and how it can develop and have an instant impact. I really like the potential that Hope, Emily and Kara have in this sport. Their tumbling technique and skills will be a huge asset to the team, and I look forward to working with them."
The trio adds to the well-rounded class that includes Morgan Celum (Georgetown, Texas), Abigail Clouse (Flower Mound, Texas), Alexis Fowlkes (Fresno, California), Briana Harris (Cibolo, Texas), Morganne Hendrickson (Taneytown, Maryland), Madison Kruse (Oviedo, Florida), Emily Richard (San Antonio, Texas), Dayandrea Thompson (Bolingbrook, Illinois) and Bayley Wilson (Frisco, Texas).
Overall, the Bears' 2018 class features seven from Texas, one from Alabama, one from California, one from Florida, one from Illinois and one from Maryland. Bios for the three newest signees are below.
HOPE BRAVO | JR | TOP | PENN FOSTER HOMESCHOOL | NAVARRO JC | DALLAS, TEXAS
High School: Won two cheerleading world championship titles ... Named to U.S. Junior National Team and Olympic Development Team for tumbling.
EMILY HOPPIE | FR | TOP | COPPELL HS | COPPELL, TEXAS
High School: Fourteen-year member of Texas Dreams Gymnastics Club ... Level 10 regional championships qualifier in 2015 and 2016 ... Took second on vault and bars in Level Nine western championships in 2014 ... Earned first place on bars in Level Nine regional championships ... Earned second on beam and bars and third in all-around in Level Nine Texas state championships.
KARA WARREN | FR | BASE/TOP | SPAIN PARK HIGH SCHOOL | HOOVER, ALA.
High School: Eight-year member of JamJev Gymnastics Club ... Team won Level 10 state championship in 2016 and 2017 ... Team won Level Nine state championship in 2014 and 2015 ... Team won Level Eight state championship in 2013 ... Won state title twice on bars, twice on beam and twice on all-around ... Four-time Region Eight qualifier ... National Honors Society member ... Spanish Honors Society member ... Sister, Bryn Warren, is a professional ballerina dancer.