The Purdue University Twirling program continued its long tradition of excellence this summer, winning multiple titles at the 2019 USA Twirling Championships. The twirlers competed in multiple team and individual events during the last week of July at the University of Notre Dame.
With their Space-themed show honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, the Purdue Twirlers were named 2019 Grand National Collegiate Halftime Show Team Champions. The team featured a combination of the All-American Twirling Team and all five Purdue Solo Twirlers including the Golden Girl, Girl-in-Black, Miss Boilerette, and the Silver Twins. Along with this prestigious title, the twirlers were also awarded with a scholarship.
In addition to the team’s success, Golden Girl Kaitlyn Schleis was named the 2019 Grand National Collegiate Solo Champion. Kaitlyn competed against more than one hundred collegiate participants from all across the country. Her performance featured twirling to Purdue’s fight songs and some of the crowd-favorite tunes played by the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band in Ross-Ade Stadium every football season. She was awarded the $2500 Susan Dailey Orr Scholarship in conjunction with her national title.
With these national titles, Purdue Twirling continues to be one of the most storied twirling programs in the country. Fans can watch the National Champion Purdue Twirlers with the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band at their End-of-Camp performance at 7:30pm on August 17 at Hull Field.
The USA Twirling Championships, also known as American Youth on Parade (AYOP), were hosted by the National Baton Twirling Association.