Purdue twirlers win big at Nationals
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Congratulations are in order for Purdue’s twirlers who brought home a boatload of awards from the Twirling Nationals at Notre Dame the week of July 20.
“Our full twirling team won the ‘Wow Entertainment Award for Collegiate Teams,’ awarded to the college team who would bring an audience to their feet the best, and I consider it a very high compliment since our goal at Purdue is to entertain,” says twirling coach Alisha Kuckartz. Golden Girl MerrieBeth Cox also won the “Personal Wow Award for Collegiate Solo Twirlers.”
Here are other awards and recognitions earned by Purdue twirlers.
- Teenage Miss Majorette of America – awarded to MerrieBeth Cox. “This is one of the highest honors at Nationals and includes competition in three different areas: solo twirling, strutting and modeling/interview,” says Kuckartz.
- College Miss Majorette of America – Meg Merdian, Girl in Black finished 8th out of 30 contestants.
- 18 year-old strut – MerrieBeth Cox won her division.
- 19 year-old strut – Meg Merdian won her division.
- 18 and 19 year-old solo events – MerrieBeth Cox, Meg Merdian and Boilerette Team member Rachael Bazzell, all finished in the top 3 in their solo divisions.
- Collegiate Freestyle – MerrieBeth Cox and Rachael Bazzell made the top 12 finalists in this event with 40 college twirling contestants. Cox placed 3rd overall and Rachael placed 12th.
- Collegiate Down the Field – MerrieBeth Cox won this event “with a great traveling routine incorporating showmanship, projection and visual movement,” says Kuckartz.
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