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Competitive College Twirling

As the final seconds of the game clock come to an end, college twirlers across the country begin to shift their focus to the spring and summertime. But, it is not the warmer weather college twirlers have on their mind - it’s competition season. That’s right, most baton twirlers that you see on the field in the fall, spend their off-seasons representing their schools in state, regional, national and even world baton competitions.

[Photo courtesy of USTA Facebook]

Competitive baton twirling has been around since the late 1940's and late 1950’s when the two organizations, National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) and United States Twirling Association and (USTA) were formed. While the two have slightly different rules and structures, they both are equally instrumental in growing some of the most talented baton twirlers on college football fields across the nation.
In addition to NBTA and USTA, there are several other major organizations in competitive baton twirling such as Drum Majorettes of America and Twirling Unlimited. Many college twirlers compete across multiple organizations and adapt to the different rule structures. While there are conferences for football teams, competitive college twirling is not set up that way. Every twirler, regardless of if they are SEC, Big Ten, or ACC, or Division I, II or III, competes against each other.

The United States Twirling Association held their National Championships the week of July 11th and hosted their first ever collegiate event. Savannah Miller from the University of Arkansas was crowned the National Collegiate champion. Also placing were:

2nd place - Jameson Kenerly, University of Georgia
3rd place - Sabrina Smith, University of South Carolina
4th place - Kristina Terwilliger, University of Washington
5th place - Mia Nordon, West Virginia University
6th place - Merri-Frances Dmitrzak, Baylor University
7th place - Simone Esters, University of Missouri

Beginning July 26th, the National Baton Twirling Association will host their National Championships at the University of Notre Dame. On Friday, college teams and individual athletes will compete to be named Grand National Collegiate Champion. The following titles are up for grabs:

National Collegiate Twirling Champion
National Collegiate Down the Field Champion
National Collegiate Majorette Line Halftime Show Twirl Team Champion
National Collegiate Majorette Line Dance Twirl Team Champion
College Miss Majorette of America

Last year, the Penn State Majorettes won both the Collegiate Dance Twirl and Halftime team champion titles. Jameson Kenerly from the University of Georgia won the Down the Field title and Savannah Miller won the Collegiate Twirling Champion title. College Miss Majorette of America, which is a 3-part competition that crowns an overall National Champion, went to Moriah Muscaro from Grand Valley State University.

[Photo courtesy of USTA Facebook]

Stay tuned for the 2016 results and live updates - our team will be onsite covering the amazing performances and athletes that have worked all spring and summer to make their schools proud.