Denise Jones finished
March 6, 1998
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3 ranked University of Utah gymnastics team started out flat, then got flattened by No. 18 Stanford, 195.550-194.275. It was Stanford's best score of the year and Utah's worst on a night that the Utes fell five times.
"We were flat from the first event and never got it rolling," said Utah coach Greg Marsden, who saw his team fall to 6-2--the first time Utah has lost two regular season meets in nine years. "This was an opportunity for us to compete against a good team on their floor and have a good meet. We just didn't do it."
Theresa Wolf started the meet for Utah with a fall on her bar dismount. The other five Utes hit their routines, but nearly all of them struggled. Utah started its next event in similar fashion, as Sarah Northrop sat both vaults to set up a relatively lackluster set. Just about everyone got in the act of falling, with Angie Leonard--the nation's top ranked all-arounder--crashing on both floor and beam. Despite their bout with the spills, the Utes weren't out of it until the final event. Down by half a point going into beam, Utah needed a big score to make a run at the Cardinal, who were recording season-best scores on every event.
It didn't happen. Two Utes toppled off the beam and Shannon Bowles--the nation's sixth ranked beam worker--had a major break. Only Denise Jones escaped the medley of falls. Jones posted a 39.00 all-around to finish second to Stanford's Amy Murakami (39.25).
All-Around: 1. Amy Murakami (S) 39.250, 2. Denise Jones (U) 39.00, 3. Shannon Bowles (U) 38.75, 4. Angie Leonard (U) 38.125. Vault: 1. Larissa Fontaine (S) 9.875, 2. (tie) Jennie Wilson (S), Keri Monahan (S) 9.85, 4. (tie) Shannon Bowles (U), Amy Murakami (S) 9.725, 6. Angie Leonard (U) 9.70 Bars: 1. Larissa Fontaine (S) 9.90, 2. Amy Murakami (S) 9.85, 3. (tie) Shannon Bowles (U), Angie Leonard (U) 9.825, 5. (tie) Molly Northrop (U), Kim Young (S) 9.80. Beam: 1. (tie) Amy Murakami (S), Keri Monahan (S) 9.85, 3. (tie) Denise Jones (U), Kim Young (S) 9.825, 5. (tie) Ashley Kever (U), Katie Fitzpatrick (S) 9.725. Floor: 1. Keri Monahan (S) 9.90, 2. (tie) Theresa Wolf (U), Kim Young (S) 9.875, 4. (tie) Amy Murakami (S), Kim Young (S) 9.825, 6. (tie) Denise Jones (U), Ashley Kever (U) 9.725. Vault Tracey Kohl 9.625 Sarah Northrop 9.050 Amy Murakami 9.725 Angelika Schatton 9.650 Denise Jones 9.675 Jenny Wilson 9.850 Traci Sommer 9.675 Keri Monahan 9.850 Shannon Bowles 9.725 Larissa Fontaine 9.875 Angie Leonard 9.700 Annie Thananopavarn 9.675 Bars Jenny Wilson 9.775 Theresa Wolf 9.175 Sarah Harding 9.750 Marilyn Ekdahl 9.750 Denise Jones 9.775 Amy Murakami 9.850 Katie Fitzpatrick 9.225 Molly Northrop 9.800 Shannon Bowles 9.825 Kim Young 9.800 Larissa Fontaine 9.900 Angie Leonard 9.825 Beam Keri Monahan 9.850 Ashley Kever 9.725 Kim Young 9.825 Denise Jones 9.825 Katie Fitzpatrick 9.725 Angie Leonard 9.325 Amy Murakami 9.850 Theresa Wolf 9.350 Larissa Fontaine 8.425 Shannon Bowles 9.525 Jennifer Exaltacion 9.200 Angie Leonard 9.825 Floor Jenny Wilson 9.625 Denise Jones 9.725 Tracey Kohl 9.825 Ashley Kever 9.725 Kim Young 9.875 Angie Leonard 9.275 Keri Monahan 9.900 Theresa Wolf 9.875 Sarah Harding 9.175 Shannon Bowles 9.675 Amy Murakami 9.825 Traci Sommer 9.750 Final Score 195.550 Final Score 194.275