Miss America 2011 Swimsuit Competition PHOTOS

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Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness winners ...

The Miss American 2011 competition is well underway this week at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, with three nights of preliminary competition completed.  The ladies wore black Swim n Sport bikinis for the all important Lifestyle & Fitness category.


Winning $1000 in the Preliminary Night 3 swimsuit round was the lovely Miss Oklahama - Emoly West.  Tuesday and Wednesday night winners were Jalee Fuselier Miss Hawaii  and Ashley Davis Miss Alabama.  On a side note: Fuselier was named Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2005.

Others showcased in our gallery below are: Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady, Miss California Abby Hancock, Miss Georgia Christina McCauley, Miss Louisiana Kelsi Crain, Miss Minnesota Kathryn Knuttila, Miss Mississippi Sarah Beth James, Miss New Mexico Madison Tabet, Miss New York Claire Buffie, Miss North Dakota Beth Dennison, Miss Tennessee Nicole Jordan and Miss Texas Ashley Melnick.

Miss Puerto Rico Mariselle Morales, Miss Nevada Cris Crotz, Miss Arizona Kathryn Bulkley, Miss Indiana Gabrielle Reed, Miss Florida Jaclyn Raulerson, Miss Missouri Erika Hebron, Miss Iowa Pauli Mayfield, Miss Maine Arikka Knights.

Miss Rhode Island Deborah Saint-Vil, Miss Utah Christina Lowe, Miss Ohio Becky Minger, Miss District of Columbia Stephanie Williams, Miss Delaware Kayla Martell, Miss Vermont Caroline Bright, Miss Illinois Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky, Miss Montana Kacie West, Miss South Dakota Loren Vaillancourt, Miss Idaho Kylie Kofoed, Miss South Carolina Desiree Leigh Puglia.

The 86th airing of the pageant will be telecast live on ABC Sunday, January 15, 2011.  Judges will include Joy Behar, Debbye Turner Bell, Mark Cherry, Tony Dovolani, Marilu Henner, Taryn Rose and Mark Wills.

We've put together some of our favorite posers from Thursday night's competition.  Check them out below:

Photos:  Judy Eddy - WENN