A major(ette) sweep for the Dawgs-UGA Majorettes win collegiate national championships
by Colleen Murphy, UGA Majorette Captain
clean sweep. This is what the University of Georgia Majorettes accomplished this past July after winning three National Championship titles, including the entire collegiate division at the annual America’s Youth on Parade competition (AYOP) held in South Bend, IN.
“It was an unbelievable experience, definitely something we will never forget,” said Taylor Brown, a junior from Bowdon, GA. Brown is one of the seven young women that made up the competition team that performed two different routines at AYOP. The halftime routine, which is judged based on entertainment value, was a bulldawg rendition of Can-Can featuring props that created a “Big Dawg Saloon” atmosphere for the audience. The more serious dance-twirl routine was a sophisticated Spanish theme, where the majorettes emphasized difficulty and intricacy of tricks.
The majorettes also won the WOW Award for being the most entertaining collegiate team. Sophomore Mary Katelyn Williams from Jesup, GA said that the routines were “a crowd pleaser – the audience definitely got into our performances.”
AYOP draws many competitors including other university majorette lines such as Penn State and the University of Florida. To win over these other prestigious schools, the UGA majorettes put in their fair share of hard work. They practiced twice a week during the past spring semester and every other weekend this past summer. “Although it was a big time commitment, it was so worth it to see our hard work pay off,” said junior Leslie Koch from Knoxville, TN.
And the rewards keep on coming for these national champions. The team was presented before halftime at UGA’s first football game of the season in Sanford Stadium, as well as receiving National Championship rings from their coach, Ashley Clark. Also, several billboards in Athens, GA feature a picture of the majorettes along with their winning titles. The rings and billboards were “a total surprise,” said KayLeigh Gaines, a sophomore from Lavonia, GA, “we were so excited.”
Now the majorettes are focused on performing on the football field. They perform pre-game and halftime at every UGA football game as part of the Redcoat Marching Band. They strive to wow the crowds with their winning performances for the rest of the season while cheering on the Dawgs!
UGA Majorette National Champion Team Members:
Colleen Murphy, Captain – Junior – Damascus, MD
Taylor Brown – Junior – Bowdon, GA
Leslie Koch – Junior – Knoxville, TN
Mary Katelyn Williams – Sophomore – Jesup, GA
Angel Flournoy – Sophomore – Jesup, GA
Kelly Daniel – Sophomore – Elberton, GA
KayLeigh Gaines – Sophomore – Lavonia, GA