Miss South Carolina has won the swimsuit competition during the first night of preliminaries in the Miss America pageant.
Daja Dial of South Carolina won the swimsuit contest on Tuesday night. She also received the Children’s Miracle Network “Miracle Maker” award for collecting more than $32,000 for CMN hospitals.
Dial is a Clemson University student, Dorman High School graduate and a Spartanburg native.
The new Miss America will be crowned in Sunday night’s nationally televised finale.
Contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are vying for the crown. The U.S. Virgin islands, which competed last year, could not field the required minimum number of entrants this year, pageant officials said. It is eligible for future competitions.
Preliminary competition in talent, interviews, evening wear and swimsuit competition will run through Thursday.