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USTA Grand Prix and International Cup athletes announced( Fri, Mar 10 00:03:AM)



Congratulations to Grand Prix and International Cup athletes

The United States Twirling Association (USTA) is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent USTA in the 2017 Grand Prix, to be held August 4-6, and the 9th International Cup, to be held August 8-13. Both competitions will be held in Porec, Croatia.

Congratulations to USTA’s 2017 Grand Prix athletes:

Brandon Ennis   
Austin Arellanes   
Austin Peterson   
Michael Lopez   
Curt Burrows   
Sophia Barden   
Ally Duda   
Claudia Swauger   
Lexi Duda   
Adaline Bebo   
Madison Eis   
Jenny Hannah   
Merri-Frances Dmitrzak
Emily M. Cooper   
Emery Harriston   
Kirsandra Welsheimer
Julia Arciola   
Autumn Barfield   
Carly Finkel   
Lindsey Finkel   
Claire McNamara   
Jenni Rustan   
Abby Veccia   
The Grand Prix, which is sanctioned by the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA), involves athletes from different twirling organizations and different countries in a one-of-a-kind international competition. Athletes compete in Men and Women’s Solo, 2-Baton and Team. Athletes are selected by their governing organization. USTA’s Grand Prix athletes were selected through the following process:
•    Results from the U.S. National Championships and International Cup Qualifier for 2017 were reviewed by a panel of USTA professionals in each of the Grand Prix event categories.
•    Gender divisions and age of competition during the 2017 Grand Prix were considered and a list was comprised.
•    Based upon placement and, when needed, numerical score, athletes were seeded and offered invitations in the order determined.

The International Cup, which is sanctioned by the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF), is held every other year in odd-numbered years. The International Cup involves athletes from different countries who compete in Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Artistic Twirl, Artistic Pairs, Artistic Group and Team. There are three levels of competition; Elite, A and B.

The International Cup was designed to create an avenue for smaller countries to gain experience and success on the international level. Larger countries, such as Japan and the U.S., do not send B level athletes to this competition for that reason. Get more information about the International Cup here.

Congratulations to USTA’s International Cup athletes: (For easier viewing, download the IC Team list here.)
Wishing all of these athletes the best of luck as they prepare to represent USTA and the United States in the 2017 Grand Prix and 9th International Cup!