Miss Georgia Carly Mathis Wins Miss America Swimsuit Preliminary

Friday, September 13, 2013 - by Wendy King
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis

Miss Georgia Carly Mathis won the swimsuit award at Thursday’s third and final round of Miss America Pageant preliminaries in Atlantic City.

The University of Georgia Grady School of Journalism graduate received a $1,000 scholarship in becoming the first Miss Georgia in 11 years to win a Miss America preliminary.  Ms. Mathis, who hails from Leesburg along with country star Luke Bryan and 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, increased her odds of being among the top 15 who will compete in Sunday’s finals which will conclude with the crowning of Miss America 2014.  

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer who began her broadcasting career at WDEF News 12 will emcee the finals which will be televised starting at 9 p.

m. on WTVC NewsChannel 9.  A special edition of 20/20 highlighting the pageant as it makes its historic return to Atlantic City will air at 8 p.m.  

Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is joined by Thursday's Miss America 2014 preliminary winners Miss Georgia Carly Mathis (left) in Swimsuit and Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones (right)  in Talent who performed her baton routine wearing a brace after tearing the ACL in her right knee during rehearsals earlier in the day.  Ms. Hagan, who is a native of Opelika, Al., and now resides in New York, will crown her successor late Sunday evening.
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is joined by Thursday's Miss America 2014 preliminary winners Miss Georgia Carly Mathis (left) in Swimsuit and Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones (right) in Talent who performed her baton routine wearing a brace after tearing the ACL in her right knee during rehearsals earlier in the day. Ms. Hagan, who is a native of Opelika, Al., and now resides in New York, will crown her successor late Sunday evening.

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