Jessica Hadfield of the Juneau Jumpers won national grand champion honors in three events earlier this month as the Juneau Jumpers took 11th place out of 64 teams in the 2001 U.S. National Jump Rope Championships held July 9-10 in Orlando, Fla.
Hadfield set U.S. records in the one-minute speed event with 330 jumps in 60 seconds, the three-minute speed event with 850 jumps, and in the triple-unders event with 196 three-rotation jumps in 60 seconds. In age-group competition, Hadfield won gold medals in the age 15-17 division in the three-minute speed event and the triple-unders.
Also winning gold medals for the Juneau Jumpers were Amber Johnson in the age 12-14 one-minute speed event, and the four-person team of Hadfield, Amber Johnson, Mandi Johnson and Meghan Salveson in the age 15-17 single-rope speed relay event.
Individual top-10 finishes in their respective age groups went to Salveson (fourth), Hadfield (fourth) and Megan Treston (sixth) in the one-minute speed event; Salveson (fourth) and Amber Johnson (10th) in the three-minute speed event; and Amber Johnson (sixth) in the single-rope freestyle event.
Earning top-10 finishes in the team events included Treston, Lesley Kalbrener, Sarah Christianson and Katharine Leque taking seventh in the single-rope speed relay; Salveson, Mandi Johnson and Hadfield sixth in the double-dutch speed relay; Amber Johnson and Treston sixth and Salveson and Hadfield seventh in the single-rope pairs freestyle; and the squad of Amber Johnson, Mandi Johnson, Hadfield and Salveson taking fourth in the double-dutch pairs freestyle.
On the final day of competition, the top 12 speed jumpers and the top 12 freestyle jumpers (top three from each age group) moved on to the Grand National round, where Hadfield won her three events. Two other Juneau Jumpers teams advanced to the Grand National round, with the quartet of Amber Johnson, Mandi Johnson, Hadfield and Salveson taking second place in the single-rope speed relay, and the trio of Mandi Johnson, Hadfield and Salveson finishing second in the double-dutch speed relay. The Grand National round will be broadcast on ESPN on Sept. 1.
Following the national meet in Florida, Hadfield, Salveson and Mandi Johnson attended the Pan-American Championships held at Northern Colorado University, a meet that featured jumpers from Canada, Australia and several European countries. The meet served as a qualifying tournament for Team USA in the Grand Masters World Jump Rope Championships, with the top-five female and male U.S. jumpers qualifying to compete in Seoul, South Korea, in October. Hadfield won the gold medal and qualified for the world meet.