National Barrow Show Swine Judging Contest winners named
Winners in the 65th annual National Barrow Show Swine Judging Contest held Sept. 12th in Austin, Minn., were Texas Tech University of Lubbock in the senior college division; Black Hawk East, Kewanee, Ill., in the junior college division; and Dekalb County 4-H, Ill., in the junior division. The winning team in each of the three levels of judging competition was awarded according to points accumulated in the contest.
This year's contest attracted 72 teams and 406 participants. Senior College Division Texas Tech University won first place in the senior college division with a score of 3,035 points out of a possible 3,250 points. The Texas Tech team competed against 14 other teams in the university division. Members of this team, coached by Ryan Rathmann and Bryan Bernhard, included Clay Burson, Brandi Capps, Jordan Clem, Kody Lucherk, Clay Morrison, Logan Pritchett, and Brady Ragland. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., was second in the senior college division with a score of 3,003 points. Coached by Matt Claeys, this team comprised Maria Crandell, Jenna Day, Brent Dunham, Jared Jacobs, Tegan Simmons, Courtney Smith, and Courtney Wesner. Oklahoma State University of Stillwater, coached by Mark Z. Johnson, came in third with a score of 3,002. University of Illinois, Urbana, finished fourth with 2,993 and Iowa State University, Ames, was fifth with a score of 2,962.
Tegan Simmons, Purdue University, was the top individual of 116 competing in the university division with 624 points out of a possible 650. In second place with 618 points, representing University of Illinois was Chance Meeter. Picking up third was Stephanie Steffes, South Dakota State University, with a score of 617. Texas Tech contestant Brandi Capps along with University of Illinois contestant Lee Rincker and Texas Tech contestant Clay Burson finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with a score of 614. The tie was broken on higher Total Reasons Score.
The competition is held in conjunction with the four-day National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn. This event is co-sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation and the National Association of Swine Records.
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