Anne Rowan ’12 can add “Team USA” to her resume after qualifying for the national baton twirling team this summer. Anne is a member of the competitive twirling team “Fusion” that won the United States Twirling Association’s Senior Elite competition to become a part of “Team USA.” “Fusion” will represent the USA in the 2011 International Cup in Jacksonville, Fla., next summer against teams from across the globe. “We hope to bring the International Twirling Cup back to the United States,” Anne said.
Anne’s twirling career started when she was in second grade participating in an after school program taught by volunteer instructors. Eventually, she joined the traveling competition team in town and competed throughout the country, including a trip to Disney World to compete in “Twirl Mania.” During her college days at Rutgers University, Anne was a member of the twirling team and performed at football games, including “the nerve-racking but amazing opportunity to twirl for the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets half-time shows. When asked about how I felt performing in front of 60,000 plus people I would respond; it’s pretty weird being in sparkles and no pants on the 50 yard line!”
Twirling aside, Anne worked as a legal intern with the law firm of Faloni & Associates in Fairfield, N.J., this past summer. She had worked at the firm as a legal assistant before law school after being put in contact with the head paralegal (a Rutgers twirler alumna) through her twirling coach when she expressed an interest in law school. “The twirling world is a pretty tight knit community,” Anne exclaims.
Best of Luck in the International Cup, Anne!