Go Utes!
Go Utes!
Sommer Leads Ute Gymnasts Past Oregon State




March 14, 1998

SALT LAKE CITY--In her last home meet as a Ute, senior Traci Sommer was perfect. Sommer, a two-time balance beam All-American, scored a perfect 10.0 on the beam to lead the No. 4 Utes past No. 11 Oregon State, 195.875-190.100. She capped the evening by winning the floor exercise with a season-best 9.925.

The meet was not with adversity for the Utes, who improved their record to 7-2 with the victory. Utah's first competitor, Sarah Northrop, silenced a raucous crowd of 9,015 when she sprained both knees on her first vault. Utah was already competing without Teresa Wolf, who was out with a heel contusion. Northrop and Wolf's absence was felt on bars, too, where Utah--down to just eight healthy gymnasts--could not fill its sixth slot. While Utah was struggling with injuries, Oregon State was struggling to stay on the apparatus. Despite a season-low 48.725 on bars, Utah held a comfortable two-point lead after two events, thanks in part to five falls by OSU during that span.

But Utah helped its own cause in the final two events. Sommer's 10.0 culminated a solid 49.175 beam set for the Utes, who also got a 9.95 by freshman Shannon Bowles. On floor, the Utes were equally as good. Angelika Schatton opened the set with a career-best 9.75, and was followed by Denise Jones (9.775), Angie Leonard (9.85), Ashley Kever (9.80), Bowles (9.825) and Sommer (9.925).

Leonard, Jones and Bowles finished 1-2-3 in the all-around, with Leonard vaulting past Jones on floor. Leonard scored a 39.150 to Jones' 39.125. Bowles had a 39.10. But the star of the night was Sommer, who received standing ovations after each of her three events.

                Utah        Oregon State
                Vault       Vault
Sarah Northrop  9.200   Marissa Bruch   8.900
A. Schatton     9.725   Annette Taylor  9.400
Denise Jones    9.725   Amanda Turko    9.050
Traci Sommer    9.800   Megan Murphy    9.725
Angie Leonard   9.775   Corrie Young    9.500
Shannon Bowles  9.775   Lara Degenhardt 9.850
VT: 48.000; Running 48.800      VT: 47.525; Running 95.225

                Bars                   Bars
Marilyn Ekdahl  9.775   Amanda Turko    9.750
Denise Jones    9.850   Annette Taylor  9.750
Molly Northrop  9.700   Megan Murphy    8.800
Shannon Bowles  9.550   Stephanie Bychowski 9.200
Angie Leonard   9.850   Amy Slack       9.775
D. Droegemueller9.300
UB: 48.725; Running 97.525      UB: 47.700; Running 47.700

                Beam                     Beam
Ashley Kever    9.175   Annette Taylor   9.775
Molly Northrop  9.775   Marissa Bruch    9.050
Denise Jones    9.775   Corrie Young     9.825
Angie Leonard   9.675   Bea Tistu        9.825
Shannon Bowles  9.950   D. Droegemueller 9.400
Traci Sommer    10.00   Megan Murphy     9.400
BB: 49.175; Running 146.700 BB: 48.425; Running 190.100

                Floor   Floor
A. Schatton     9.750   Leah McKernan   8.300
Denise Jones    9.775   Bea Tistu       9.375
Angie Leoanrd   9.850   Annette Taylor  9.550
Ashley Kever    9.800   Corrie Young    8.900
Shannon Bowles  9.825   Lara Degenhardt 8.850
Traci Sommer    9.925   Megan Murphy    9.775
FX: 49.175; Running 195.875 FX: 46.450; Running 141.675

Total: 195.875      Total: 190.100
    

All-Around: 1. Angie Leonard (Utah) 39.150, 2. Denise Jones (Utah) 39.125, 3. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 39.100, 4. Annette Taylor (Oregon State) 38.40, 5. Megan Murphy (Oregon State) 37.70.

Vault: 1. Lara Degenhardt (Oregon State) 9.85, 2. Traci Sommer (Utah) 9.80, 3. (tie) Angie Leonard (Utah), Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.775, 5. (tie) Denise Jones (Utah), Angelika Schatton (Utah), Megan Murphy (Oregon State) 9.725.

Bars: (tie) Angie Leonard (Utah), Denise Jones (Utah) 9.85, 3. (tie) Marilyn Ekdahl (Utah), Amy Slack (Oregon State) 9.775, 5. Amanda Turko (Oregon State) 9.75, 6. Molly Northrop (Utah) 9.70.

Beam: 1. Traci Sommer (Utah) 10.0, 2. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.95, 3. (tie) Corrie Young (Oregon State), Bea Tistu (Oregon State) 9.825, 5. (tie) Molly Northrop (Utah), Denise Jones (Utah), Annette Taylor (Oregon State) 9.775.

Floor: Traci Sommer (Utah) 9.925, 2. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.85, 3. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.825, 4. Ashley Kever (Utah) 9.80, 5. (tie) Denise Jones (Utah), Megan Murphy (Oregon State) 9.775.

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