The Bouncing Bulldogs dominated the Junior division at the recent Pan-American Jump Rope Championship, earning numerous awards in both Single-Rope and Double-Dutch events.
The competition, held this month at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, involved 289 participants representing 31 teams, five countries, and 15 different states within the United States.
Based on the results, the performance on a global platform by the Chapel Hill/Durham-based Bulldogs’ team exceeded even their own standards of excellence — on and off the competition floor.
Jumper Hannah McReynolds attributed the Bulldogs’ success to their cohesive and unwavering team concept.
“We did everything as a team,” McReynolds said. “When one person did something, the entire team was accountable, which motivated us to work harder to help our teammates succeed.”
The Bouncing Bulldogs achieved a clean sweep in the Junior 14 and Younger Female division, taking home the top three All-Around Single-Rope and Double-Dutch team titles. Team members also earned first place in the Junior Team Show event, in addition to hundreds of other awards.
The top six individuals or groups from each event competed again in the Grand Pan-American Championship to determine the overall grand champion, regardless of age. Although all participating jumpers from the Bouncing Bulldogs competed in the Junior division, they earned top scores over Senior competitors to bring 21 grand titles back to North Carolina: seven gold, nine silver, and five bronze.
Ragan Copeland, Bailey Pons, Megan Shohfi, and Jordyn Watkins — comprising one of the top all-around group winners — agreed that the Bulldogs’ “consistent focus, discipline, and respectful attitude throughout each day carried over to the team’s success on the floor.”
Clementine Judd, first-year competitor for the Bouncing Bulldogs, added, “We’re more than a program: we think of ourselves as a family and community, which is a connection that stands out from most other teams, and is why we can be so successful.”