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Utah Gymnastics Hosts Sizzler Supermeet

March 9, 1998

Next Matchup

Sat., March 14
7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City
Huntsman Center

Meet at a Glance

  • Utah: 6-2
    Rank: No. 3
    Oregon State: 11-2*
    Rank: No. 14
    Series: Utah leads 38-4

    *competes at BYU, Friday


  • Mar. 14 Oregon State, 7 p.m.
  • Mar. 21 at Brigham Young, 7 p.m.
  • Apr. 4 NCAA Regional (Tempe, Ariz.)

    QUICKLY Senior Traci Sommer will make her final home appearance this Saturday, when the No. 3 Utes (6-2) play host to No. 14 Oregon State (11-2 before a Friday meet at Brigham Young) in the Sizzler Supermeet ... Utahs only Saturday meet of the season begins at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center ... Utah is 2-1 against the Pacific-10 this year, with wins over Arizona and Washington and a loss to Stanford. All-time, Utah is 208-24-1 against the Pac-10 ... Although the Utes are 38-4 in their series with Oregon State and have won nine of the last 10, the rivalry has been heated. The Beavers nearly broke Utahs lengthy home court win streak two years ago (see The Streak below) and defeated Utah last year in Corvallis ... Utahs two losses this year is its most since 1989, when the Utes finished 15-2 ... Utah starts the week ranked No. 3 in the nation, but could slip a notch or two when the new poll comes out late Tuesday (Mar. 10) ... Utah has won a record ten national championships, including four in the 1990s (1990, 92, 94, 95).

    THE STREAK Utah puts its national record 144 straight regular season home win streak on the line against the team that nearly wrecked the record two years ago. Oregon State, which led Utah through three events back in 1996 before losing by less than a point, came closer than anyone has in 14 years to snapping Utahs streak. The Utes last regular season home court loss was 19 years ago, on Feb. 20, 1979 to Cal State-Fullerton. Including postseason competition (Utah has hosted seven regional championships and seven national championships), Utahs all-time home record is 283-12 (96%). In the last 14 years, just two opponents have come within a point and a half of Utah during a regular season meet in the Huntsman Center: Utah defeated Oregon State by three quarters of a point in 1996 and beat Georgia by 1.4 points in 1991. Among the teams to fall by larger margins to Utah during that time span are the likes of national powers Alabama, UCLA, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Penn State, Oregon State, Nebraska, Brigham Young, Washington and Minnesota.

    PRACTICE TIMES & INTERVIEW POLICY Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (1:30-4:30) in HPER W106. All practices are open. Media interested in interviews should plan to be in the practice facility (HPER W106) by 1:00 p.m. All interviews must be completed by 1:30 p.m. Note: Head Coach Greg Marsden is available during practice, upon request. Interviews outside practice can be arranged by calling sports information director Liz Abel at 801-581-3511.

    IN THE POLLS After six weeks at No. 2 in the polls, Utah slipped a spot to No. 3 in the March 3 rankings. The drop was due to a change in how the poll is determined, which is now by regional qualifying score (RQS). That tabulation placed Utah (195.575 RQS) behind Georgia (196.831) and Alabama (195.706). A new poll will be issued late Tuesday (March 10). As of the March 3 poll, the top five was Georgia, Alabama, Utah, Michigan and Florida. The complete poll is on page 6 of this release.

    LAST WEEK Five falls and an all-around sub-par showing resulted in a season-low 194.275 score and a loss to No. 18 Stanford, in Palo Alto, Calif., last Friday. Only Denise Jones, who finished second all-around with a 39.00, hit all four events for the Utes, who suffered their first loss in seven tries to the Cardinal. Stanford scored a season-best 195.550 and set season highs on all four events. Utah struggled on every event, with one fall on vault, one on bars, two on beam and one on floor.

    TRAINERS TABLE Freshman Teresa Wolf injured her plantar fascia (foot) and is doubtful for Saturdays meet. Sophomore Jenny Schmidt underwent surgery on Dec. 27 to repair the patellar tendon in her right knee and is out for the season.

    UTAH COACH GREG MARSDEN Utahs Greg Marsden, the most successful coach in collegiate gymnastics history, is in his 23rd year at the U. He owns a 659-91-3 record (333-42-1 regular season). His ten national championships is triple that of any other coach. Four of those titles have come in the 90s (1990, 92, 94, 95). Fourteen of Marsdens teams have placed in the top-two nationally. The only coach in Utahs gymnastics history, Marsden is a seven-time national coach of the year selection.

    SERIES SHORTS Utah leads 38-4 ... Oregon State won last year in Corvallis 194.900-194.475 ... Utes have 19-0 edge at home, but 1996 meet was Utahs narrowest win in the Huntsman Center in 14 years (195.60-194.85) ... Utah had won 12 straight, extending back to 1992, before losing last year.

    COMMON FOES Utah and Oregon State have faced four common opponents this year: Brigham Young, Washington, Arizona and Stanford ... Utah is 3-1 against the field, with its loss coming at Stanford last week. Oregon State is 4-0.

    UTE NOTES Utah is averaging 10,510 fans at its four home meets, with two meets drawing in excess of 11,000. A big crowd for this weeks Senior Meet would help Utahs quest to average 10,000 people a meet for the sixth time ... Utah is 4-0 at home ... Utah has completed a 49.00 circuit twice this yearagainst Brigham Young (196.825) and Washington (196.225) ... Uneven bars has produced Utahs highest score in all eight meets, including a season-best score (for any event) of 49.475 vs. Utah State on Feb. 27 ... Utah has struggled on its trademark eventthe balance beamthis year. The Utes had three falls at Michigan, two at Utah State, three vs. Utah State and two at Stanford. There have been just three meets in which Utah has not counted a fall on beam.

    TRACKING TRACI Senior Traci Sommer, an all-arounder her first three years at Utah, is starring on three events this year. She has improved as the season has progressed and her only miss of the year (on beam) came in the season opener. Sommer was one of just three multi-event Utes to hit all of her events last week at Stanford, scoring a 9.675 on vault, 9.70 on beam and 9.75 on floor. The previous week against Utah State, the two-time balance beam All-American tied for first on that event with a 9.925. It was her second win in a row on beam. Sommer, who has missed two meets with injuries (knee, back) this year, has performed 18 routines. Although she has not cracked the bar lineup this year, Sommer has a fine all-around history: She has 18 career 39.00 all-arounds and owns the fifth-best score in history (39.70, Mar. 7, 1997). In her career, she has hit 150 of 169 routines (89%). Her breakdown by year: 46-51 (1995), 42-47 (1996), 45-53 (1997), 17-18 (1998).

    ALL-AMERICA ANGIE Junior All-American Angie Leonard enters this week as the nations top ranked all-arounder with a 39.169 regional qualifying score (RQS). She was also ranked fifth on bars (9.894 RQS) in the March 3 poll. She struggled for the first time all year in the all-around last week at Stanford, with her two falls equalling her previous season total. Last week aside, Leonard is having another huge year for the Utes. She has won two all-arounds, with her 39.60 against Utah State on Feb. 27 tying for the best score of the year by a Ute and the eighth-best score in school history. She won three of four individual events in that meet as well: bars (9.95), beam (9.925, tie) and floor (9.925). Her floor score tied her career best. Leonards 39.60 all-around was her 13th career 39.00 all-around. Her victory on bars vs. USU was her fourth bar win of the year and her 15th career victory on that event. She is second on the team in wins this year with 11. Her victory breakdown this season: bars (4), all-around (2), vault (2), floor (2), beam (1). Utahs most consistent upperclass all-arounder, Leonard has hit 113 of 125 (92%) routines in her career. On bars, she is a near-perfect 33 of 34. She has not missed a bar routine since her freshman year. On all events this season, she is 28 of 32.

    SHANNON SHINES Freshman sensation Shannon Bowles made the top 10 in two national categories in last weeks pollranking No. 6 on beam (9.884 RQS) and tying for seventh on bars (9.881 RQS). She has four 39.00 all-around scores this year and missed a fifth when she had a major break on beam at Stanford last Friday. The current U.S. National Team member tied the eighth highest all-around score in school history with her 39.60 against BYU on Feb. 6. She followed with a 39.50 against Minnesota on Feb. 13. Bowles is the only Ute to score a 10.0 this year (on beam) and just the second Ute freshman ever to score a 10.0. She has won at least one event in every meet but two (Washington and Stanford). Against Washington, she competed on just one event (bars) due to a foot injury. She is Utahs win leader with 13. Her three all-around victories is tops on the team. Bowles individual victory breakdown follows: beam (4), all-around (3), vault (3), floor (2), bars (1). She won her collegiate all-around debut on January 23 at Michigan, scoring a 39.25. She has the most 9.875-or-better scores on the team (12)four on beam, four on bars, three on vault, one on floor. The rookie has hit 26 of 28 routines this season.

    Marilyn EkdahlFreshman has competed in every meet on bars and in five meets on vault ... broke career uneven bar high two weeks running: then-best 9.85 at Washington on Feb. 20 and new high 9.875 against Utah State on Feb. 27 ... on vault has twice scored 9.75 (vs. Arizona and Minnesota) ... had great collegiate start, tying for second on both vault (9.75) and bars (9.75) against Arizona ... has hit 12 of 13 routines.

    Denise JonesSecond-year all-arounder has struggled with consistency but was Utahs only all-arounder without a miss at Stanford ... second all-around at Stanford with 39.00 ... best meet was on Feb. 6 against BYU, when she set career bests in the all-around (39.25) and on bars (9.90) ... season-best 9.775 on vault was also on Feb. 6 ... tied career high on floor on Feb. 27 (9.85) ... 9.825 beam score at Washington on Feb. 20 and at Stanford on Mar. 6 ... second all-around against Minnesota (38.80) ... has hit 26 of 32 routines ... 73 of 82 (89%) in her career.

    Ashley KeverRejoined beam lineup with a bang on Mar. 6scoring season-best 9.725 as Utahs first competitor ... has been in floor lineup every meet, with season-best 9.85 against USU on Feb. 27 ... 9.80 floor scores at Michigan (Jan. 23) and Washington (Feb. 20) ... since 9.65 season-opener, has scored 9.70 or better in every meet on floor ... vying for full-time spot in beam lineup where she was one of Utahs best last year, but is 1-2 in 98.

    Molly NorthropExtremely consistent bar and beam worker suffered first fall of the season last week (on beam) ... is in battle to hold on to lead-off beam spot, where she was second-team All-American last year ... has hit all 8 bar routines this year ... on beam, she has 9.80 season best and has scored 9.70 or better in four meets ... has moved down to No. 4 in the bar lineup, where she has three 9.85 or better scores, including career-best 9.90 on Feb. 6 ... won first event of career on Feb. 6, when she tied for first on bars ... is 14 of 15 this season.

    Sarah NorthropCracked lineup late, but has quickly made up for lost time ... 9.80 on both vault and bars on Feb. 6 in first competitive routines of season ... has done both vault and bars in three meets ... first miss of season came at Stanford last week, when she sat both vaults ... missed Feb. 20 meet at Washington because of illness ... season best 9.70 on vault on Feb. 27 ... best bar score of 9.85 on Feb. 13.

    Angelika SchattonOne of teams best vaulters is averaging a 9.75 ... career-best 9.80 vault against both Michigan (Jan. 23) and BYU (Feb. 6) ... competed on floor three times (Arizona, Minnesota and Washington) ... 9.80 in first beam to count against Minnesota ... has made beam lineup twice this year.

    Jenny SchmidtSurgery on Dec. 27 to repair patellar tendon in her right knee ... injured while training uneven bars prior to Christmas ... was coming back from season-ending knee surgery last year (Mar. 7, same knee) ... will miss entire 1998 season.

    Theresa WolfFreshman is coming into her own as season progresses, although status is questionable this week due to foot injury suffered in last meet ... career-best 39.175 all-around at Washington on Feb. 20 ... also had bests on vault (9.725, tie) and beam (9.85, tie) in Washington meet ... personal best 9.90 on floor against USU on Feb. 27 ... has received 9.80 or better on floor all six attempts (missed Minnesota meet with flu) ... 9.875 on floor was Utahs top score on any event at Stanford ... won two straight floor competitions (Utah State, Feb. 2 and BYU, Feb. 6) ... also went all-around at Michigan, scoring 38.60 ... has hit 18 of 22 routines.

    OSU REVIEW 11-2 ... compete at BYU Friday ... upset defending NCAA champion UCLA last week in Corvallis (195.400-194.500) ... score last weekend was season-best ... top all-arounders are Megan Murphy (39.175 best) and Amy Slack (39.100 best) ... four All-Americans are on the roster: seniors Deanne Droegemueller (beam 1995), Slack (1996) and Amanda Turko (beam, 1996), and junior Murphy (beam, 1996) ... Tanya (Service) Chaplin, a former UCLA All-American, is in her first year as head coach.

    MARSDEN SAYS This week is Senior Night and it will be nice to showcase Traci Sommer. Traci's been a great competitor for us from her first meet, when she had the best all-around debut ever by a freshman here. Shes been very dependable throughout her career. We will miss her tremendously next year. She's the type of athlete you cant ever really replace. It's hard to believe its been four years ... It should be a great meet. Oregon State is obviously peaking and just beat UCLA this last weekend. Were coming off our most disappointing performance of the season. Obviously, we need to get back on track these last two regular season meets as we prepare for the postseason.

    Shannon Bowles (13)

    All-Around (3):
    39.25 vs. Michigan, Jan. 23
    39.60 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6
    39.50 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 13

    Vault (3):
    9.925 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6
    9.925 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 13
    9.900 vs. Utah State, Feb. 27

    Bars (1):
    9.875 vs. Utah State, Feb. 2

    Beam (4):
    9.875 vs. Arizona, Jan. 16
    9.875 vs. Utah State, Feb. 2
    10.00 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6
    9.875 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 13

    Floor (2):
    9.875 vs. Arizona, Jan. 16
    9.800 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 13
    Angie Leonard (11)

    All-Around (2):
    39.05 vs. Arizona, Jan. 16
    39.60 vs. Utah State, Feb. 27

    Vault (2):
    9.825 vs. Arizona, Jan. 16
    9.800 vs. Utah State, Feb. 2

    Bars (4):
    9.875 vs. Arizona, Jan. 16
    9.875 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 13
    9.900 vs. Washington, Feb. 20
    9.950 vs. Utah State, Feb. 27

    Beam (1):
    9.925 vs. Utah State, Feb. 27
    Floor (2):
    9.800 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 13
    9.925 vs. Utah State, Feb. 27

    Traci Sommer (2)
    Beam (2):
    9.950 vs. Washington, Feb. 20
    9.925 vs. Utah State, Feb. 27

    Theresa Wolf (2)
    Floor (2):
    9.850 vs. Utah State, Feb. 2
    9.850 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6

    Denise Jones (1)
    Bars (1):
    9.900 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6

    Molly Northrop (1)
    Bars (1):
    9.900 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6



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