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BI rope jumpers win national title
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - Three members of the Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers earned the title “Grand National Champions” at the USA Jump Rope National competition held in Long Beach, California which concluded Sunday, June 29.
Anna Warga, Abigail Harrison and Sarah Sharman performed a no-miss, high difficulty Double Dutch freestyle routine at Grand Nationals, the final day of competition, featuring the “best of the best” from Nationals.
The Bainbridge trio earned a gold medal at Nationals in the 18 to 22 age division, earning them the chance to compete for the Grand National championship title and trophy.
Grand Nationals features the top 10 scorers in each event, in all the age categories combined, competing to be the next Grand National champion.
The Bainbridge jumpers nailed their routine in front of the cheering crowd of approximately 2,000 spectators from across the country and were also featured on the Los Angeles local ABC evening news.
The Bainbridge athletes also earned other freestyle awards at the competition.
In single rope freestyle, two of the girls performed a “no-miss” routine. Harrison earned the bronze medal, while Sharman placed fourth in that event. The pairs freestyle team of Harrison and Sharman also brought home the silver medal in their near perfect, synchronized routine.
The Bainbridge jumpers competed in speed events as well.
Harrison earned a fourth- and a sixth-place ribbon in her individual single rope in the 30-second and one-minute speed events.
The Double Dutch speed team of Warga, Sharman and Harrison earned a ninth-place ribbon in their three by 40-second relay speed event.
Also, the three Bainbridge jumpers joined forces with Amanda Stevenson, a former Bainbridge jumper now residing in Southern California, to earn another ninth-place ribbon in single rope relay speed. In that event each athlete jumps for 30 seconds and their combined score is recorded.
Close to 700 athletes from more than 50 teams across the nation competed in the four-day competition, held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Awards were given to the top 10 finishers in each event.
Harrison earned an award in all seven speed and freestyle events she competed in.
The Bainbridge trio are currently competing at the World Jump Rope Championships at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, being held through July 5.
The competition is being live streamed at www.worldjumprope.org.