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Katie Boyd, 22, of Hoover, left, and Colene Burns, 22, of Hayden, at right, tied to win the preliminary swimsuit competition of the Miss Point Mallard Pageant on Tuesday night. Boyd is third runner-up to Miss Alabama 2007. Burns is the current first runner-up to Miss Alabama. Eight finalists will compete again in swimsuit, talent and evening gown for the title of Miss Point Mallard 2007.

Swimsuit event results in a tie

By Danielle Komis Palmer · 340-2447

When a lifelong ballerina and a college majorette with a personal trainer tie to win a swimsuit competition, what do you get?

No surprise.

Katie Boyd, third runner-up in this year’s Miss Alabama pageant, and Colene Burns, that pageant’s first runner-up, tied in the preliminary swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss Point Mallard Pageant.

The two women hugged each other when their names were called as swimsuit co-winners — the only results announced on the first night of the pageant at Point Mallard Park.

Boyd, 22, of Hoover was a dance major at The University of Alabama and dances six days a week — making it easy to stay in shape. She danced to “Man of La Mancha” for the talent portion of the pageant.

While dancing onstage is Boyd’s favorite part of pageants, she doesn’t mind the swimsuit portion.

“There’s nothing to be scared of,” she said. “It’s just self-confidence. You have to be confident in what God gave you and strut your stuff.”

Burns agreed.

“I love the swimsuit competition,” she said. “It’s the easiest part. You just walk.”

Burns, 22, of Hayden is head majorette at The University of North Alabama and works out with a personal trainer — mostly abdominal exercises, she said.

For the talent portion, she sang the aria “Quando M’en Vo” from “La Boheme.”

Burns double-majored in economics and finance at UNA and will pursue her Masters of Business Administration degree there in the fall. She has entered the Miss Point Mallard competition three times before and won the swimsuit competition four years ago.

Boyd also has won the swimsuit competition before — in 2005, when she also won the overall title of Miss Point Mallard.

While winning the swimsuit competition is a boon to a competitor’s confidence, it does not necessarily foreshadow the overall winner. The swimsuit portion is only 15 percent of each contestant’s overall score. At 35 percent of the overall score, the talent portion counts most.

Miss Alabama Jamie Langley, Miss Point Mallard 2004, performed “And I Am Telling You” from the movie “Dreamgirls.”

Miss Point Mallard 2006 Jessica Headley danced to “God Bless America,” and guest entertainer Alabama Junior Miss Mary Catherine McAnnally of Decatur sang “This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride.

Wednesday night, the field of 13 competitors — one of the smallest in years — will be narrowed to eight finalists. In past years with more contestants (the average field is 16), judges have narrowed to 10 finalists.

The top eight contestants will be announced after the Spirit of America awards ceremony at about 8 p.m., and those women will compete again in swimsuit, talent and evening gown. From that field, the five judges will select and announce the winner of the Miss Point Mallard Pageant.

The new Miss Point Mallard will take over Headley’s duties, represent Decatur at activities throughout the year and compete in the next Miss Alabama pageant.

Miss Point Mallard will be awarded a $3,500 scholarship, a half-karat diamond necklace from Jimmy Smith Jewelers and an original pastel portrait.

The final night of the pageant will take place at the Spirit of America stage. Admission to the pageant is free. Festival organizers encourage audience members to bring a lawn chair.

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