Pictured with their winning plaques and medals is the 10-member Phoenix Superstar Twirling Team.
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Superstar Twirlers take 30 medals at national competition
Staff Report~ 7/31/2014
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Superstar Twirling Team placed top ten in the country at the 69th Annual World Open Baton Twirling Championships held this past week at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.
This was a new experience for three of the ten members of the Phoenix Superstar Twirling Team, but not for their coach. Coach Becky Hewitt has been coaching and taking Arizona twirlers to compete for the past 39 years, as well as her assistant coach, Sarah Ewart, who was on a team herself since the age of six and had to fill in for one of the senior twirlers who didn’t make it this year because of mono.
The girls trained rigorously for the competition, practicing once a week during the school year with the Arizona Twirling Athletes, a non-profit youth organization, and then attending a four day twirling camp at Yavapai College in Prescott. The girls also worked daily on their skills, with daily practices in the gym during the summer.
The rigorous schedule paid off as usual when the team came home with 30 medals for individual events, which placed the girls in the top ten in the country, including three first places in the flag twirling competition by Madysin Hewitt, Rachel Rodriguez, and Emily Tutnick. Five of their twirling and dance teams also placed in the top ten of the USA and their Senior beginner twirl team captured the first place title for the second year in a row.
Coach Hewitt will begin a program for interested beginner twirling students between the ages of 6 and 16 in September in five different local school districts. For registration information call (602) 997-0522.
Pictured with their winning plaques and medals is the 10 member Phoenix Superstar Twirling Team.