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Women's Gym Wins over Minnesota

Feb. 13, 1998

SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman Shannon Bowles led a shorthanded Utah team to a 194.95- 192.175 win over No. 9 Minnesota before 9,116 fans in the Huntsman Center. Just eight healthy competitors were available for the No. 2 ranked Utes, who found out just before the meet they would be without the services of senior All-American Traci Sommer (injured back) and freshman Theresa Wolf (flu).

Although not nearly as sharp as they were a week before in a win over Brigham Young, the Bowles-led Utes had enough firepower to stop Minnesota. Bowles won or tied three of the four events, in addition to winning the all-around with a 39.50. She won the bars with a 9.925, the beam (9.875) and tied with teammate Angie Leonard on the floor (9.80). Leonard bounced back from an atypical start to win bars (9.925), place second on beam (9.80) and share the floor title. Utah's last vaulter up, Leonard sat both vaults for the first time in her career, but got back on track quickly.

Utah (4-1) took control of the meet on the bars, where the Utes tied their season best with a solid 49.35. Sarah Northrop opened the set with a 9.85 and no Ute scored lower than a 9.80. The big bar set gave Utah nearly a point and a half cushion--more than a point better than its round one advantage over the Golden Gophers. Bowles and sophomore Angelika Schatton, a late addition to the lineup with the injuries to Sommer and Wolf, kept Utah ahead on the beam. Bowles hit her season average of 9.875 and Schatton contributed a 9.80 in her first-ever beam to count. Utah wrapped things up with its worst floor performance of the year for Utah (47.975). The low score was due in part to the fact that the Utes had just five gymnasts available and had to count Schatton's fall. But Minnesota (5-2) ran into even bigger problems on its final event, counting three falls on the balance beam.

Utah 194.950
Minnesota 192.175

Vault                       Vault
Marilyn Ekdahl      9.750   Melissa Change   9.575
Sarah Northrop      9.625   Shanyn Lancaster 9.700
Angelika Schatton   9.700   Kristi Selinger  9.650
Denise Jones        9.750   Mindy Knaeble    9.650
Shannon Bowles      9.925   Stacey Batza     9.725
Angie Leonard       9.200   Kim Sveum        9.675
Vault score:       48.750   Vault Score:    48.400 

Bars                    Bars
Sarah Northrop  9.850   Lacey Purkat      9.600
Marilyn Ekdahl	9.825   Michelle Arbogast 9.625
Molly Northrop	9.850   Megan Skokut      9.725
Shannon Bowles	9.900   Molly Umland      9.600
Denise Jones	9.800   Melissa Chang     9.725
Angie Leonard	9.925   Judith Cavazos    9.000
Bars score:    49.350   Bars score:      48.275

Beam                    Beam
Molly Northrop    9.650	Cami Phillippi	9.375
Ashley Kever      9.200	Stacey Batza	9.200
Angelika Schatton 9.800	Judith Cavazos	9.650
Denise Jones      9.750	cathy Keyser	9.750
Angie Leonard     9.800	Lacey Purkat	9.300
Shannon Bowles    9.875	Mindy Knaeble	9.200
Beam score:      48.875 Beam score:    47.275

Floor                       Floor
Angelika Schatton  9.150    Cami Phillippi   9.400
Ashley Kever       9.725    Kristi Selinger  9.500
Denise Jones       9.500    Mindy Myhre      9.700
Angie Leonard      9.800    Kim Sveum        9.700
Shannon Bowles     9.800    Judith Cavazos   9.725
Mindy Knaeble      9.600
Floor score:      47.975    Floor score:    48.225



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