The Juneau Jumpers rope-skipping team took second place in the senior female division at the USA Jump Rope National Team Trials held Jan. 20 in Santa Clara, Calif., earning a spot in the world championships.
The Juneau Jumpers were one of three teams in the division to earn the right to participate on Team USA at the International Rope Skipping Federation's 2002 World Team Championship Tournament that takes place April 7 in Brussels, Belgium. Besides Team USA, the world meet will bring together teams from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and Sweden.
The five members of the Juneau Jumpers that competed in the national meet were Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Meghan Salveson, Mandi Johnson and Jessica Hadfield, plus JDHS freshmen Amber Johnson and Megan Treston. Scott and Donna Johnson coach the team.
The top-three teams in the division qualified for worlds, and the Juneau Jumpers narrowly missed winning the division title. Hot Dog USA of Kirkland, Wash., won the division with 2,959.50 points, followed by the Juneau Jumpers with 2,920.50. The Bouncing Bulldogs of North Carolina took third place with 2,732.50 points.
There were eight events at the meet - four speed events where jumpers are timed by how fast they can move the rope beneath their feet and four freestyle events where jumpers perform choreographed routines to music. Juneau won four events, took second place in three events and third place in the other.
The Juneau Jumpers won all four speed events. They scored 325 points in the single-rope speed relay (four jumpers jump for 30 seconds each), had 319 points in the single-rope, double-under speed relay (four jumpers for 30 seconds each, with the rope going around twice on each jump), 333 points in the double-Dutch speed relay (three jumpers for 40 seconds each, with the turners swapping in as jumpers while the rope is moving) and 371 points in the double-Dutch pairs speed relay (two jumpers for a minute each, accompanied by two rope turners).
The Juneau Jumpers took second place in the double-Dutch single freestyle (three jumpers/turners) with 404.25 points, the double-Dutch pairs freestyle (four jumpers/turners) with 400 points and the single-rope team freestyle (four jumpers) with 400 points. The Juneau Jumpers took third place in the single-rope pairs freestyle event with 368.25 points.
While the Jan. 20 meet didn't feature any individual events, highlights from the 2001 USA Jump Rope National Championships meet will be shown at 5 p.m. AST on Thursday, Jan. 31, on ESPN2. The Juneau Jumpers won one team event and three individual event at that meet, held last June, so they should be featured in the program.