Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fins calendar girls strike a pose 

Posted by Sasha at 8:44 AM ET

Miami Herald: Swimming with stingrays paid off for Brittany Marlowe: The 22-year-old North Carolina blond made the cover of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders 2009 Swimsuit Calendar. [photos and video here]

Though the picture fans will see is her sultry self cozying up with a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove, Marlowe says she spent part of the day with the creature that killed adventurer Steve Irwin.

''Luckily, they took the barbs out!'' said Marlowe on the orange carpet set up outside The Forge, which held a sizzling unveiling party Wednesday night. ``It was so fun.''

Marlowe, dressed in her belly-baring cheerleading outfit and knee-high boots, had just gotten the good news. ''What an awesome honor; I'm in shock,'' she said. ``My mother doesn't even know yet.''

It is indeed an honor; 16 women appear in the calendar for 16 months (September 2008 to December 2009) -- out of a total of 39 in the squad. This is also the first time in years they have chosen a gal to be on the cover solita.

You can sorta see why -- Marlowe cuts a pretty nice figure, thanks to vigorous exercise with her 80-pound chocolate Lab every morning near her house in Boca Raton.

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