Hot Shots Indy Open
Hot Shots pictured front row kneeling (left to right): Brady Siebert, Olivia Melichar, Kaia Robison, Emeline Lasseter, Ethan Walker, and Hanna Melichar. Pictured middle row (left to right): Sara Smith, Cara Moyers, June Haynes, Keren Rosen, Delaney Talbert, Emma Martin, and Helena Cookson. Pictured back row (left to right): Jacob Weatherford, Noah Myers, William Pogue, Paige Kehoe, and Olivia Byrd.

Franklin’s Hot Shots of Tennessee jump rope team leaped into 24 top-5 finishes in speed and freestyle events and brought home 43 ribbons from the American Jump Rope Federation Indy Open held in Indianapolis on March 16. The Hot Shots were one of ten teams competing for top honors, in a field of almost 200 athletes. The Hot Shots’ 18 competing members are students at Williamson County Schools.

The following jumpers earned ribbons in the Single Rope 30-Second Speed event:

Ethan Walker – 5th place, males 10 and under
June Haynes – 5th place, females 13-14
Noah Myers and Brady Siebert – tied for 5th place, males 13-14
Delaney Talbert – 5th place, females 15-16
William Pogue – 2nd place, males 15-16
Cara Moyers – 5th place – females 17 and older

The following Hot Shots earned ribbons in the Pairs Double Unders event, where each jumper completes as many double unders as possible in 30 seconds, for a total of one minute. A double under is when the rope passes under the jumper’s feet twice during one jump.

William Pogue and Brady Siebert – 1st place, ages 15-16
Cara Moyers and Sara Smith – 2nd place, ages 17 and older

Two Hot Shots groups took ribbons in the Single Rope Speed Relay. In this event, each of the four athletes jumps for 30 seconds, one after the other in relay style, for a total of two minutes.

William Pogue, Keren Rosen, Brady Siebert, and Delaney Talbert – 1st place, ages 15-16
Olivia Byrd, Denver Hammons*, Cara Moyers, and Sara Smith – 3rd place, ages 17 and older
*from the Indy Air Bears team

In the Double Dutch Pairs Speed Relay, Olivia Byrd, Denver Hammons*, Cara Moyers, and Sara Smith took 3rd place in the 17 and older age division. During this event, two people jump in the ropes for 60 seconds, for a total of two minutes

The Hot Shots were also successful in freestyle events, where jumpers choreograph a routine lasting 45-75 seconds. The following jumpers earned ribbons in their individual freestyle events:

Ethan Walker – 5th place, males 10 and under
Brady Siebert – 4th place, males 13-14
Keren Rosen – 1st place, females 15-16
Delaney Talbert – 3rd place, females 15-16
William Pogue – 3rd place, males 15-16
Cara Moyers – 1st place, females 17 and older
Jacob Weatherford – 2nd place, males 17 and older

Jumpers also brought home ribbons in collaborative freestyle events:

Pairs Freestyle

William Pogue and Keren Rosen – 4th place, ages 15-16
Cara Moyers and Delaney Talbert – 1st place, ages 17 and older

Pairs Wheel* Freestyle

Olivia Byrd and Delaney Talbert – 1st place, ages 17 and older
Cara Moyers and Sara Smith – 4th place, ages 17 and older

*Wheel is a style of jump rope that includes two people with two ropes, both jumping but sharing different rope handles.

Double Dutch Freestyle (2 turners, 1 jumper)
Emeline Lasseter, Kaia Robison, and Ethan Walker – 2nd place, ages 12 and under

Single Rope Team Freestyle
Paige Kehoe, William Pogue, Keren Rosen, and Brady Siebert – 1st place, ages 15-16

Members of the Hot Shots attend Hunters Bend Elementary School, Grassland Middle School, Spring Station Middle School, and Franklin High School. Team members have earned gold medals at the World Jump Rope Championship, appeared on the nationally syndicated Pickler & Ben television show, and represented the sport of jump rope at the Arnold Sports Festival USA, also known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival. In addition to preparing for the American Jump Rope Federation National Championship in Raleigh in June, some of the Hot Shots will compete at the 2019 World Jump Rope Championship in Oslofjord, Norway, in July. For more information about the Hot Shots team, visit www.hotshotstn.org, like us on Facebook at Hot Shots TN Jump Rope, or follow us on Twitter @hotshotsjumpTN. For more information about the sport of jump rope, visit www.worldjumprope.org or www.amjrf.com.

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