Eleven-year-old Sophia Barden, daughter of Craig and Cynthia Barden of El Dorado Hills, won a national title in baton twirling held this year in Fairborn, Ohio.
The U.S. National Championships were held July 9-14 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center. With more than 600 athletes, Sophia competed in four events, winning Baton Strut and placing second in both the Solo and Two Baton competitions. She also competed and earned a spot on the International Cup team that will travel to the Netherlands next August to compete in the world championships. She was the youngest twirler to earn a spot.
Sophia will enter sixth grade and is a student of Kellie Donovan-Perlman of the Revolution Twirl Club and Carrie Bergeron of Flip and Twist.