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Local teen ropes record

Andy Rotz of Hagerstown set a record in the Texas skip by jumping through a twirling lasso 11,123 times.

Andy Rotz of Hagerstown set a record in the Texas skip by jumping through a twirling lasso 11,123 times.

March 17, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Andy Rotz has skipped himself into the record books.

Rotz, 17, of Hagerstown, was credited this week with jumping through his twirling lasso 11,123 times during a cowboy competition in Las Vegas.

According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rotz accomplished his feat Tuesday at the 14th Annual Wild West Arts Club Convention in Las Vegas. Competitors perform old-time cowboy tricks including Rotz' specialty, the Texas skip - spinning a lasso vertically and jumping through it every 1 1/2 rotations.

Rotz was home Friday but was not available for comment.

According to the report, the previous Texas skip record was held by Vince Bruce, whose record of 4,000 jumps was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Rotz spoke with Bruce in the convention center before he took to the stage and broke the former champ's record. It took him more than two hours of steady jumping to reach his more than 11,000 jumps. He collapsed and nearly passed out when he stopped, the report said.

Rotz's sister, Jessica Rotz, 22, said her brother has been roping since he was 11. He practiced in the living room of the family's home, she said, noting the ceiling in the room was marked with scratches from the rope.

Rotz trained for the Las Vegas competition for months before the event was held. His training included marathon running, the report said.

Staff writer Gregory T. Simmons contributed to this report.

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