The Carolina men's basketball team can confidently say they ran the NCAA, but members of the Carolina Jump Rope Club took their routine to the world stage — traveling first to Florida and then to Hong Kong and walking away champions.
This past summer two members of Carolina Jump Rope Club participated in the World Jump Rope Federation World Championship in Florida, a competition featuring the most well-known and most talented jumpers in the world.
Graham Booth and Noah Mancuso, a sophomore and junior at UNC respectively, performed alongside Tori Boggs, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University.
Decked out in their Carolina gear, Booth and Mancuso finished in the top three among all competitors in double dutch speed and single rope freestyle in Florida.
Following a strong performance at the World Jump Rope Championship, the three jumpers were asked to travel across the world to perform again.
“We got an email from the American Jump Rope Federation asking if we’d be interested in representing them at the Asia-Pacific Championships,” Mancuso said.
The competition, held in Hong Kong, led to a less traditional first week of classes for Mancuso and Booth. The two UNC students earned a second place finish in the double dutch speed event, and Booth won a first-place medal for the single rope pair freestyle event.
“We were not there just to win; a lot of our motive was to further the sport as a collegiate sport and represent as well as we could,” Booth said.
Growing up in West Virginia, the three jumpers have trained together since childhood.