January 30, 2007|
Purdue to sponsor twirling championship eventWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. More than 70 high school and college twirlers from seven states will compete in the Collegiate Baton Twirling Championships on Saturday (Feb. 3) in the Benton Central High School gymnasium in Oxford, Ind.
The competition will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the school, which is located on U.S. 52, which is about 20 miles north of West Lafayette. Purdue Bands and Orchestra is sponsoring the event.
This year marks the first time the annual event, which is coordinated and sponsored by the United States Twirling Association and the National Baton Twirling Association, has been held outside of Tennessee.
At the 2006 event, Purdue's twirlers won the College Team division and Golden Girl Christy Stallings won the Multiple Baton/Freestyle division.
From the state of Washington in the west, Maryland in the east and Florida to the south, twirlers are coming in from every direction, said Alisha Kuckartz, Purdue Bands director of auxiliaries.
"It's the only event like it and each year it gets better," she said. "The event helps promote twirling in college by showing young girls the benefits of continuing to twirl and it keeps college twirlers motivated.
"Competition also provides a personal challenge and helps twirlers build new skills and improve. Plus you see different programs and styles at the event; the competition gives you new ideas and keeps things fresh.
Competition categories include Collegiate Teams, College Fight Song for Individual Twirlers, College Fight Song for Groups, Duet/Pairs Competition and Solo Competition for One Baton /Freestyle and Multiple Batons/Freestyle.
Purdue's solo twirlers and twirling team plan to compete in several of the categories.
For information, visit http://ncabt.com
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