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Name:
Traci Sommer
Class/Ht.:
Senior/4-10
Major:
Psychology
Hometown/School:
Chatham, NJ (Chatham)

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UTAH: Team's only senior will contend for 1998 NCAA all-around and beam titles ... all-arounder all three years at Utah ... 18 career 39.00 all-arounds. 1997—First-team All-American tied for third on balance beam at NCAA Championships (9.85) ... placed third on beam despite bad case of stomach flu ... second-team All-America all-arounder placed 13th (39.20) ... 9.90 on beam during team competition also ranked third ... other scores at NCAA's: 9.80 on vault and bars and 9.70 on floor ... finished regular season ranked No. 2 in nation on beam (9.947 RQS) ... 39.70 all-around on March 7 ranks fifth all-time at Utah ... went all-around nine times, with seven 39.00-plus scores ... top all-around scores: 39.70, 39.525, 39.500 and 39.450 ... won 16 competitions: 3 all-arounds, 5 vaults, 5 beams, 3 floors ... set new personal bests in all-around (39.70), vault (9.95), bars (9.875) and floor (9.95, twice) ... season-best 9.975 on beam ... hit 15 of 16 beam routines and 46 of 51 total routines. 1996—Shot at NCAA individual titles snuffed after frightening fall on bars first night of championship competition ... courageous comeback after Thursday's neck injury: scored 9.90 on vault and beam and 9.85 on floor during Super Six ... Utah's only all-arounder won seven of nine all-arounds ... NCAA Midwest Regional floor exercise champion (9.95) also tied for fourth in all-around (39.30) ... then career-best 39.525 against Southern Utah ... 39.475 against Utah State ... seven 9.90-or-better beam scores best on team ...hit 42 of 47 routines, including 23-of-23 on beam and floor combined. 1995—All-American on beam placed fifth on individual night (9.875) ... first U. freshman to compete all-around at NCAA Championships since 1990 ... 39.25 all-around score ranked eighth at NCAA Super Six and included 9.875 on floor, 9.85 on beam, 9.775 on bars and 9.75 on vault ... hit 8 of 9 routines during three-day NCAA meet ... went all-around every meet ... four 39.00 or better all-around scores, including best all-around debut ever by a Ute freshman (39.324) ... season-best 39.425 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 25 ... first U. freshman ever to score 10.0 (on beam).

CLUB, HIGH SCHOOL, PERSONAL: Trained under Tony and Paula Gehman at North Stars Gymnastics ... two-year National Team member ... five-year elite ... qualified for 1992 Olympic Trials ... 1991 National Classic champion ... international experience included meets in Korea, Bulgaria and France ... fourth all-around in Korea and 10th all-around in Bulgaria ... second on floor and second as team in France ... three-year participant in U. athletic department's Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program ... majoring in psychology ... hopes to become psychologist ... daughter of Bob and Axlyn Sommer ... parents own coffee business ... enjoys rollerblading, drawing and writing ... only girl and youngest of four children ... started gymnastics at age 6 ... born Feb. 17, 1976 in Summit, N.J.

Sommer's Career Highs

All-Around	39.700 vs. Stanford, Mar. 7, 1997
Vault		9.950 vs. Michigan, Feb. 28, 1997
Bars		9.875 vs. Stanford, Mar. 7, 1997
		9.875 vs. Southern Utah, Mar. 30, 1996
		9.875 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 17, 1996
Beam		10.00+ vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 25, 1995
Floor		9.950 vs. Stanford, Mar. 7, 1997
		9.950 vs. Penn State, Mar. 8, 1996
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