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Bainbridge Island skippers take first place
FRASER VALLEY - Three members of the Bainbridge Island Rope Skipping team were awarded the first-place ribbon in the 18 and older category at the Canadian Rope Skipping National Championships Monday, May 19.
Abigail Harrison, Sarah Sharman, and Anna Warga, the three Bainbridge High School senior rope jumpers who were invited to compete in the Canadian Nationals as special guest jumpers from the U.S., competed against nearly 400 jumpers from 22 teams across 10 provinces in Canada.
The tournament was held at the University of the Fraser Valley, in the Envision Athletic Center.
The team performed a highly difficult Double Dutch freestyle routine, which they choreographed themselves.
Harrison and Sharman also brought home the first-place ribbon for their synchronized, pairs freestyle routine.
In the singles freestyle, Harrison earned another trip to the top spot on the podium with her “no-miss” routine, while Sharman placed fourth in the event.
In the 30-second speed contest, Harrison was awarded a fourth-place ribbon for her score of 172 jumps in 30 seconds.
In addition to the awards given for each individual or team events in speed and freestyle, individual “all-around” medals were awarded to those with the top three combined scores in single freestyle, 30-second speed, 3-minute speed, and triple-unders.
Triple-unders are an untimed grueling endurance event where the rope goes three times under foot with each jump, until a miss occurs. Harrison won the bronze medal for her individual, all-around performance in these combined events, in the senior 18 and over age category.
The Canadian Rope Skipping National Championships were live-streamed across the world. The Bainbridge girls were interviewed on the live-stream, discussing the differences in U.S. and Canadian routines and competition events.
The Bainbridge jumpers were welcomed and well received as the only U.S. guest jumpers at the tournament.