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2002 OKSSDA State Championships

Over 200 dancers from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita, and Kansas City attended the 2002 Oklahoma/Kansas State Swing Dance Championships at the Westin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City Swing Club hosted a great event, with red, white, and blue balloons, ribbons, and American flags decorating the makeshift ballroom in the mall downstairs at the hotel. Most of the attendees were from the Oklahoma City Swing Club, who showed their support for these championships with great pride.

Thirty-eight (38) couples performed and entertained the audience in ten categories. Highlights included Cow Town Swing Dance Club's impressive debut, finishing 1/2 of a point behind Swing Tulsa Style in their first-ever state competition; Austin Murrey of Oz Swing Club completing a hat trick by winning the last three contests of the weekend; Will Carlton and Charolett Knapic winning Novice Strictly Swing as the only couple from the Wichita Push Club in the entire state competition; and OKC Swing Club winning three contests as well.

However, there was a dark side in this contest. The Novice Traditional contest had a controversial finish, as a protest was filed by the judges after the contest. The protest was filed over at least two couples thought to be performing contemporary content during their "traditional" routines. Two couples were DQ'd, dropping them out of contention; one was from Cow Town, and the other was from River City Swing. One of the two couples would have finished second in the contest.

In spite of that controversy, all the dance clubs and competitors are to be congratulated for winning and competing in the 20th annual state championships.

Here are the final results from the 2002 OKSSDA State Championships:

Novice Jack-N-Jill Winners: Bill Bateman and Jean Anderson (CTSDC/STS)

Advanced Jack-N-Jill Winners: Austin Murrey and Andrea Scott (OZ/STS)

1st--Danny and Janet Castro (OKC)
2nd--Lonnie Johnson, Jr. and Susan Quisenberry (OKC)
3rd--Mark Ford and Brenda Barrett (CTSDC)

Novice Traditional
1st--Bill Bateman and Lara Craig (CTSDC)
2nd--Ron Harvell and Cathy Fieser (RCS)
3rd--Vince Matthews and Valerie Walker (CTSDC)
4th--Ken Bryant and Carol Barber (OKC)
Other competitors: Gene and Ella Gillogly (CTSDC)*, Joe Rohlin and Lori Robinson (RCS)*
*--disqualified for using "contemporary" content during "traditional" routine after judges' protest

Novice Contemporary
1st--Ross Fieser and Danielle Ely (RCS)
2nd--Larry and Judikay Boehringer (RCS)

Advanced Novice
1st--Nick Nichols and Jean Anderson (STS)
2nd--Rex Sturdy and Dee Murrey (OZ)

Novice Strictly Swing
1st--Will Carlton and Charolett Knapic (WPC)
2nd--Bob Tunison and Angie Kraft (CTSDC)
3rd--Rex and Pam Sturdy (OZ)
4th--Bill Buxton and Cheryl Mitchell (STS)
Other competitors: Bill Bateman and Ella Gillogly (CTSDC), John Thomas and Dee Murrey (STS/OZ), Patrick Bunch and Betty Langston (CTSDC/STS), Joe Rohlin and Judikay Boehringer (RCS), Larry Boehringer and Lori Robinson (RCS)

1st--Floyd Schlicher and Jackie Smith (OKC)
2nd--Chips Hough and Glenda Evans (STS)
3rd--Patrick Bunch and Mary Carrington-Harris (CTSDC)
4th--Harry Reese and Cathy Fieser (RCS)

1st--Brock Geeslin and Gene Fowler (OKC)
2nd--Tom Cameron and Angel Butler (SS)
3rd--Doug Hilbert and Susy Mansfield (OKC)

Advanced Strictly Swing
1st--Austin Murrey and Jeanne DeGeyter (OZ/STS)
2nd--Mark Harris and Mary Carrington-Harris (CTSDC)
3rd--Chips Hough and Andrea Scott (STS)
4th--Harry Reese and Michelle Young (RCS)

Pro-Am Strictly Swing
1st--Austin and Dee Murrey (OZ)
2nd--John Thomas and Jeanne DeGeyter (STS)
3rd--Bill Bateman and Andrea Scott (CTSDC/STS)

Advanced Contemporary
1st--Austin Murrey and Andrea Scott (OZ/STS)
2nd--Tom Cameron and Michelle Young (SS/STS)

Club Trophy
1st--Swing Tulsa Style (27.0 points--5th straight year)
2nd--Cow Town Swing Dance Club (26.5 points)
3rd--Oklahoma City Swing Club (24.0 points)

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