Esperanza Maria Abarca was born on October 2, 1999 to Raul and Marie Abarca in Dallas, TX. Raul, a native of Mexico, is a bus operator for Dallas Area Rapid Transit where he has competed in the APTA International Bus Roadeo representing Dallas for a total of eight years. In 2015, he won second place, the highest showing of any DART bus operator. Marie was an Ironman triathlete until complicated back surgery forced her out of the sport. Esperanza has two brothers, Michael and Benjamin (BJ). Michael is a level 10 gymnast at Infinite Bounds (after Sky High closed) and BJ plays on a select soccer team and plays football.
Esperanza is a senior at Texas Connections and she will graduate from high school in 2018. Her weighted GPA is a 4.25 after her freshman year. In what little free time she has, she enjoys wakeboarding, rock climbing, hanging out with friends and watching American Ninja Warrior.
Esperanza started gymnastics at Sky High in The Colony, TX, at the age of four. She moved to WOGA Plano when she was a level 7 gymnast. At the State Meet that year, she placed first on uneven bars as she did three of her five meets that season. Most of level 8 was spent recovering from her first injury ever, broken bones.
At the State Meet for her second year level 9 in 2014, Esperanza earned first overall after her performance won her first on uneven bars and balance beam. She also placed first on uneven bars and second on balance beam at the Region 3 Championships helping her earn fourth overall. That season, Esperanza won first on uneven bars at every meet except the Level 9 Western Nationals and California Classic where she placed fourth, and she placed on balance beam at every competition. Esperanza qualified for the Legends competition of the Texas Prime Meet with her combined uneven bars and balance beam scores.
First-year level 10 in 2015 started out great as Esperanza qualified for the Legends at Texas Prime again. Many competitions found her on the winner’s podium for the uneven bars and she excelled on balance beam also. She earned her highest overall score ever, 37.650, at the Level 10 State Meet. She had an awesome start to the Regionals with a third on uneven bars and second on balance beam but twisted her ankle warming up on floor exercise. It was a tough decision, but Esperanza did compete floor exercise and vault to finish the meet.
In 2016, Esperanza finished sixth in the all-around and second on uneven bars with a 9.700 at the Level 10 State Meet. She had a great meet at the Region 3 Championships where she placed first in the all-around with a 37.950 and first on uneven bars and balance beam scoring a 9.500 and 9.625. Esperanza qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX. In 2017, Esperanza placed third in the all-around with a 38.200 and second on uneven bars and balance beam at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.900 and second on uneven bars and balance beam. Esperanza qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN, finishing 19th overall with a 37.650.
Esperanza is preparing for the 2018 season as a level 10 gymnast. She is training 28 hours a week in the summer under Coach Janelle McDonald and Coach Ludmila Grebenkova.