Hot Shots of Tennessee
Front row left to right: Delaney Talbert, Helena Cookson, Brady Siebert, June Haynes, Keren Rosen, Cara Moyers, Ethan Walker Back row left to right: Paige Kehoe, Sara Smith, Jacob Weatherford, William Pogue, Olivia Byrd, Emma Martin, Noah Myers

The Hot Shots of Tennessee jump rope team, based in Franklin, brought home some serious hardware from the American Jump Rope Federation National Championship held in Raleigh from June 21-23. The team’s 15 competitors brought home a total of 35 medals.

Fifteen of the Hot Shots’ freestyle routines and speed performances qualified to advance to the Grand National Championship on the final day of competition. To qualify for Grand Nationals in a freestyle event, jumpers’ scores must be in the top 10 overall scores, regardless of age division; in a speed event, jumpers’ scores must be in the top 6 overall scores, regardless of age.

Hot Shots results from the American Jump Rope Federation National Championship
*indicates Grand Nationals qualifier

1st place – Single Rope Freestyle, Senior Division, Females 17 and younger
*Delaney Talbert

1st place – Single Rope Freestyle, Junior Division, Males 13-14
*Brady Siebert

2nd place – Single Rope Freestyle, Senior Division, Males 17 and younger
*William Pogue

*Jacob Weatherford qualified for Grand Nationals with his Single Rope Freestyle, Senior Division, Males 18 and older.

2nd place – Pairs Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 17 and younger
*Cara Moyers and Delaney Talbert

2nd place – Pairs Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older
*Sara Smith and Jacob Weatherford

2nd place – Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older
*Olivia Byrd, Sara Smith, Delaney Talbert, Jacob Weatherford

Their performance during the Grand National Championship earned them 2nd place nationally in this event, regardless of age division.

2nd place – Double Dutch Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older
*Olivia Byrd, Delaney Talbert, Jacob Weatherford

3rd place – Single Rope Freestyle, Junior Division, Males 10 and younger
Ethan Walker

3rd place – Pairs Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 17 and younger
*William Pogue and Keren Rosen

3rd place – Team Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older
*Olivia Byrd, Sara Smith, Delaney Talbert, Jacob Weatherford

*Paige Kehoe, William Pogue, Keren Rosen, and Justin Thomas qualified for Grand Nationals with their Team Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older.

3rd place – Pairs Wheel Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 17 and younger
*Cara Moyers and Sara Smith

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

3rd place – Pairs Wheel Freestyle, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older
Olivia Byrd and Delaney Talbert

3rd place – 30-Second Speed, Junior Division, Males 10 and under
Ethan Walker

3rd place – 30-Second Speed, Junior Division, Males 13-14
Brady Siebert

3rd place – 30-Second Speed, Senior Division, Males 17 and younger
*William Pogue

3rd place – 3-Minute Speed, Junior Division, Males 10 and younger
Ethan Walker

3rd place – 3-Minute Speed, Junior Division, Males 13-14
Brady Siebert

*Jacob Weatherford qualified for Grand Nationals in 3-minute speed, Senior Division, Males 18 and older.

3rd place – Triple Unders, Senior Division, Males 17 and younger
William Pogue

A triple under is when the rope passes under the jumper’s feet 3 times per jump.

3rd place – Single Rope Speed Relay, Senior Division, Mixed 18 and older
*Olivia Byrd, Cara Moyers, Justin Thomas, Jacob Weatherford

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.

Six of the Hot Shots are competing at the 2019 World Jump Rope Championship in Oslofjord, Norway, taking place now through July 8.

Members of the 2019 Hot Shots competition team attend Hunters Bend Elementary School, Grassland Middle School, Spring Station Middle School, Franklin High School, and the University of Central Florida. The Hot Shots are coached by Lisa Arnold. Members of the team have previously 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. 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 http://www.worldjumprope.org/ or http://www.amjrf.com/.

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