Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Jumpers come home champions

Double Dutch girls teams from Madisonville, West End are world's best

By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Madisonville's third-grade team competes at the world championships.
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        Amid ropes whirling in steady rhythm, 18 Cincinnati girls jumped into the world record books over the weekend.

        YMCA teams from Madisonville and the West End stormed the 27th annual World Double Dutch Championship Invitational in Stony Brook, N.Y.

        Fifty girls from the YMCA Cincinnati Rope Twisters Double Dutch League competed. Sixteen of the 20 Cincinnati teams walked away with awards with five of those teams — 18 girls — taking first-place honors.

        Christina Hill, who won first place with her West End YMCA team “Just for Kicks II,” was celebrating with the other girls in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.

        “Winning was very exciting,” said the 13-year-old from Westwood, who has been jumping double Dutch for six years. “Double Dutch gives me an opportunity to work together as a team and meet new people.”

        Gayle Brock, the coordinator of the YMCA league, said this is the first time so many Cincinnati teams won world championship awards.

        “Cincinnati has now made its mark in the world of double Dutch because of our level of excellence,” she said.

        Double Dutch is a jump-rope activity in which two ropes are turned like an egg beater by two rope turners, while one or two people jump within the moving ropes.

        The following teams from the YMCA Cincinnati Rope Twisters Double Dutch League placed first:

        • Small Soldiers — third-grade team from the Madisonville YMCA, for singles competition, Amica Wiggins, Lateff Sims and Brittany Jamison.

        • Ms. Kendra's Girls — fifth-grade team from the Madisonville YMCA, for singles competition, Tarrah Pickard, Chynna Williams and Kiara Taylor.

        • Ms. Bobo's Beanie Babies — third-grade team from the West End YMCA, for doubles competition, Style Harper, Davvyn Ward, Crystal O'bryant and Adrienne Crawford.

        • Ms. Bobo's Babies — fifth-grade team from the West End YMCA, for dou bles competition, Erin Jackson, Maria Davis, Jonika Jackson and Torien Rowe.

        • Just for Kicks II — seventh-grade team from the West End YMCA, for doubles competition, Brandi Scott, Dominique Anderson, Christina Hill and Whitney Moore.


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