Traci Sommer led
the Utes to
victory. (file photo)
Feb. 27, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 2 ranked University of Utah gymnastics team parlayed a huge night on bars, floor and vault into a 196.175- 192.775 win over Utah State before a crowd of 9,934 in the Huntsman Center. Utah set season highs on bars (49.475) and floor (49.375) and posted a credible 48.925 on vault in the rout--taking some of the sting off a sub-par beam performance.
Three Utes fell on the beam, marking the first time in four meets that Utah has had to count a fall on that event. Who fell made the misses even harder to figure out on a night where nearly everything else went right for Utah. Junior Molly Northrop, who had yet to miss a routine through six meets, toppled as Utah's first performer up. Star all-arounder Shannon Bowles also fell--her first fall on beam as a Ute--as did junior Denise Jones. The good news was that the three Utes who stayed on hit big. Angie Leonard came up after both Northrop and Jones toppled and hit her best routine of the year--a 9.925. Theresa Wolf followed with a 9.825. After Bowles' rare miss, Traci Sommer calmly nailed a 9.925.
Utah shrugged off its bad beam in a hurry, knocking out its best floor effort of the year. Led by Angie Leonard's career-tying 9.925, Utah swept the first six places on floor. Wolf also set a career best on the mat, with a 9.90.
It was a great night all the way around for Leonard, who took the all-around with a season-best 39.60. She also won bars (9.95), floor (9.925) and beam (tie, 9.925). Utes won every event, with Bowles producing a 9.90 vault score and Sommer tying with Leonard on beam (9.925).
Utah never trailed in running its national record home regular season win streak to 144. The Utes, who have not lost a regular season meet at home in 19 years, raised their record at home against Utah State to 30-0.
All-Around: 1. Angie Leonard (Utah) 39.60, 2. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 39.025, 3. Christy Denson (Utah State) 38.85, 4. Melissa Kilpatrick (Utah State) 38.650, 5. Denise Jones (Utah) 38.450 Vault: 1. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.90, 2. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.80, 3. Denise Jones (Utah) 9.775, 4. Angelika Schatton (Utah) 9.75, 5. (tie) Traci Sommer (Utah), Sarah Northrop (Utah), Amber Jamison (Utah State) 9.70 Bars: 1. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.95, 2. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.90, 3. (tie) Molly Northrop (Utah, Denise Jones (Utah), Marilyn Ekdahl (Utah) 9.875, 6. (tie) Sarah Northrop (Utah), Christy Denson (Utah State) 9.80 Floor: 1. (tie) Traci Sommer (Utah), Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.925, 3. (tie) Theresa Wolf (Utah) 9.825, Christy Denson (Utah State) 9.825, 5. Kerry Griggers (Utah State) 9.80, 6. (tie) Melissa Kilpatrick (Utah State),9.55 Lyndsey Gaustad (Utah State) 9.55 A-9934