Twirlers Earn 19 National Awards

Five members of the Texas Tech University Twirlers competed at America’s Youth on Parade National Baton Twirling Championships, winning two team awards and 17 individual awards.

Texas Tech University Twirlers

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Texas Tech University Twirlers

The Texas Tech University Twirlers returned from America’s Youth on Parade National Baton Twirling Championships with 19 individual and team awards. Five of the nine 2017-18 twirlers traveled to the competition, held July 25-29 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Raegan McWilliams, a senior from Odessa; Allyson Padron, a senior from San Antonio; Paxton Parliament, a junior from Brock; Emily Smith, a sophomore from Austin; and Shae Willingham, a junior from San Antonio, took third place in the National Collegiate Halftime Twirl Show team competition and fifth place in the National Collegiate Dance Twirl team competition.

“We started working on routines right after football season ended, and they gave up their summer to be here to practice,” said Bethany Tolley, program coach and coordinator. “The competition is a long week of hard work and I’m really proud of what they accomplished.”

In addition to the team awards, each of the twirlers earned multiple top-10 awards in the individual categories of solo- and two-baton twirling, strutting and flag twirling.

Padron competed in the beginner category for competitors age 20 and over and won first place in the women’s national and world open two-baton twirling championship and the national-international championship flag twirling/swinging contest.

Texas Tech University Twirlers

Smith competed in the beginner category for 19-year-old competitors and won first place in the women’s world open solo-baton championship, second place in the women’s national and world open two-baton twirling championship and fourth place in the national-international championship flag twirling/swinging contest.

Parliament competed in the intermediate category for 19-year-old competitors and won second place in the national-international championship flag twirling/swinging contest and third place in the women’s national and world open two-baton twirling championship. She also won sixth place in the women’s world open solo-baton championship and the women’s world open strutting championships.

McWilliams competed in the intermediate category for competitors age 20 and over and won third place in women’s world open strutting championships and in the national-international championship flag twirling/swinging contest. She also won fifth place in the women’s world open solo-baton championship and ninth place in the women’s national and world open two-baton twirling championship.

Willingham competed in the intermediate category for 19-year-old competitors and won third place for the national-international championship flag twirling/swinging contest and fourth place for the women’s world open strutting championship. She also won fifth place for the women’s world open solo-baton championship and the women’s national and world open two-baton twirling championship.

Tolley said the twirling team has competed at the championship every year since 2011 and has placed in the top five each time, including back-to-back national titles in 2014 and 2015.

“I am very happy with the results,” Tolley said. “It’s a very stiff competition, but they did really well.”

The Texas Tech Twirlers are part of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, the university’s 450-member marching band. The Goin’ Band is part of the School of Music in the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts.


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