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#2019Nationals is a wrap!( Wed, Jul 24 00:07:AM)

Dreams definitely took flight, and in many cases came true, during the 61st Anniversary U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships, held July 10-13, 2019 at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.

Nearly 900 athletes from 31 states took part in the championships, which were a celebration of fun, friendship and great twirling!

The 2019 Championships featured a new four-day format, with National events taking place in the Nutter Center and Festival of the Future events taking place in the adjacent McLin Gym.

 
Competition began on July 10 with a record number of athletes participating in the prestigious U.S. PreTrials.
 
 
The National Finals Show is always one of the highlights of Nationals week, and this year’s show didn’t disappoint! There were thrilling performances as the top two junior, senior and adult athletes in 2-Baton, Strut, 3-Baton, Artistic Twirl, Men’s Solo and Women’s Solo competed for Grand National Champion honors. Congratulations to our 2019 Grand National Champions: Bower Sarra, Men’s Solo; Keragan Ogden, Artistic Twirl; Lexi Duda, Women’s Solo and 2-Baton; Laney Puhalla, Strut; and Amelia DiPaola, 3-Baton.
 
 
After the Finals Show, it was time for the awesome Athletes’ Party and Champions’ Celebration, where nearly 500 people enjoyed a delicious dinner and lots of photo booth fun, dancing, prizes and autographs from the new Grand National Champs!
 
 

The week wrapped up with National and Festival Group competitions, the exciting Collegiate Championship event and the aviation-themed Team Retreat. Congratulations to University of Oklahoma Feature Twirler Emily Perkins, who captured the Collegiate Championship Miller Cup with a flawless performance! Boomer Sooner!

Find more photos from #2019Nationals on the USTA Facebook page.

Complete National, Festival and PreTrials results are available here.

Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed, and the coaches, parents and family members who supported them along the way!

 
Watch for information this fall on www.ustwirling.com about the 2020 National Championships, Festival of the Future and International Cup Qualifier, July 15-18, 2020 in Stockton, Calif.