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Jan. 16, 1998

Utah Gymnasts Bounce Arizona

SALT LAKE CITY-- The University of Utah gymnastics gave a season- opening crowd of 11,522 something new to cheer about in its 194.700-188.850 rout over No. 12 ranked Arizona.

The Ute freshman class.

The trio of rookies was led by Shannon Bowles, a member of the U.S. National Team who won the balance beam and floor exercise in her first meet as a Ute. Her 9.875 on both events tied for the highest score of the night. Bowles' classmates also responded well to their first collegiate competition. Marilyn Ekdahl tied for second on both vault and bars and Theresa Wolf tied for third on the floor exercise. Good as Utah's freshmen were, they couldn't top their junior teammate Angie Leonard, who won the all-around convincingly with a 39.350. Leonard was a triple winner, capturing the vault with a 9.825 and the bars with a 9.875. Sophomore Denise Jones placed second in the all-around with a 38.350 that included a fall on bars.

The meet was marred by knee injuries to a pair of key competitors. Utah's Traci Sommer scratched from floor after an apparently minor knee injury incurred during timed warmups. Arizona's Maureen Kealey wasn't as lucky. She crumpled to the mat after landing her first vault. The initial diagnosis is a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Arizona was never the same after Kealey was carried from the floor. Down by a little over two points before her injury, the Wildcats fell apart on their final two events, counting a fall on both bars and beam. Utah, which competed without injured two-time defending NCAA balance beam champion Summer Reid, is now 1-0. Arizona falls to 1- 1.

Utah 194.700, Arizona 188.850

All-Around: 1. Angie Leonard (Utah) 39.050, 2. Denise Jones (Utah) 38.350, 3. Kristin McDermott (Arizona) 38.250, 4. Kara Fry (Arizona) 37.525

Vault: 1. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.825, 2. (tie) Angelika Schatton (Utah), Marilyn Ekdahl (Utah) 9.750, 4. (tie) Denise Jones (Utah), Cami Banholzer (Arizona) 9.70, 6. (tie) Theresa Wolf (Utah), Kristin McDermott (Arizona) 9.675.

Bars: 1. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.875, 2. (tie) Shannon Bowles (Utah), Marilyn Ekdahl (Utah) 9.750, 4. Molly Northrop (Utah) 9.725, 5. (tie) Kristin McDermott (Arizona), Rose McLaughlin (Arizona) 9.675.

Beam: 1. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.875, 2. Molly Northrop (Utah) 9.700, 3. Rose McLaughlin (Arizona) 9.650, 4. Theresa Wolf (Utah) 9.625, 5. Denise Jones (Utah) 9.600, 6. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.525.

Floor: 1. Shannon Bowles (Utah) 9.875, 2. Angie Leonard (Utah) 9.825, 3. (tie) Denise Jones (Utah), Theresa Wolf (Utah) 9.800, 5. Tenli Poggemeyer (Arizona) 9.700, 6. Ashley Kever (Utah) 9.650.

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