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March 27th, 2010
Diamond Line shines in competitions

032310DL1The San Marcos High School Diamond Line celebrate the “Texas State Grand Champions” title. Photos by Lillian Wheaton.


The Diamond Line closed out their successful year on a high note at the HTEDance State Competition by outscoring 14 varsity dance teams and being named “Texas State Grand Champions.”

Diamond Line officers performed routines in the lyrical, novelty and jazz categories to receive the Grand State Champion title by achieving the highest score out of a field of 20 officer squads at the event.

Senior Diamond Line Officer Jill Davis took first place and junior Justin Campos took second in the solo division.

The team won the Grand Champion first place trophy for the large team division at Showtime International’s Austin Drill Team Festival. The team earned second place in the large team division at the Showmakers of America Texas State Dance/Drill team championship.

At all three competitions, the dance team was recognized by the judges for outstanding showmanship, choreography, technique and precision. Routines were performed in the categories of Jazz, Pom, Lyrical, Modern and Production. Every routine in each of the competitions garnered a score of 90 or higher.

The team was invited to nationals competitions by both Showtime International and Showmakers of America, but was unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. The Diamond Line plans to attend nationals competitons next year.

032310DL2Senior Diamond Line 1st Lieutenant Gabby Contreras (left) and senior Captain Mariel Swinney perform in the “Wicked” production routine.

032310DL3Senior Jill Davis performs her first place solo division routine.

032310DL5Left to right: Kristy Schauer, Justin Campos, Hannah Heiser, Rachel Wheaton, Sharra Wilder, Brittany Brandon and Mariel Swinney perform a leap in their lyrical routine.

032310DLUSESenior Justin Campos leaps like Najinsky as he performs his second place solo routine.

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