Former Cherry Creek High School feature twirler Ashley Dolan, who is now the feature twirler at the University of Texas, took top honors in the Collegiate Solo event at the Ninth U.S. Intercollegiate and National High School Baton Twirling Championships, held Feb. 3 at William Jewell College in Liberty, Miss. Dolan, a 2012 CCHS graduate, also earned second place in the Collegiate 3-Baton and Fight Song events.
Athletes from California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas took part in the competition, which is sponsored by National Coalition for the Advancement of Baton Twirling, an organization working to establish baton twirling as a scholastic sport at the high school and collegiate level.
“These talented twirlers add excitement and entertainment value to the game day experience for thousands of fans at high school and collegiate sporting events across the country,” said Sandi Wiemers, NCABT spokesperson. “At the same time, they are athletes themselves, who train very hard to represent their schools and bring home national honors in the sport of baton twirling.”
As the feature twirler for the University of Texas Longhorn Band, Dolan performs for 101,000 fans at every home football game. This fall, she also performed in the 2012 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, at the Formula I Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, and for University of Texas events honoring former First Lady Laura Bush and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
This summer, Dolan will represent the United States at the 2013 International Cup Championships, to be held in August in Almere, Netherlands. More than 500 of the world’s best baton twirlers, representing 20 countries, will compete in individual and group events at the championships, which are sponsored by the World Baton Twirling Federation.
Dolan is a freshman at the University of Texas where she majoring in Elementary Education and English.