Johnson leads Towson State to Invitational title


Senior Pam Johnson took first place in the all-around competition with a 38.80, as Towson State scored 191.625 points to win the TSU Invitational meet for the 11th year in a row at the Towson Center yesterday. It was the first time she finished first in an all-around competition.

The Tigers (15-2), who are ranked 18th nationally, edged runner-up George Washington (190.725). Maryland finished third (189.650).

Towson State overcame the loss of junior Erin Shanley, its top all-around gymnast. Shanley, who won the all-around title at last year's TSU Invitational, injured her knee while warming up on the bars.

"When we lost Erin in warm-ups, we knew it would take a team effort to win this meet," Towson State coach Dick Filbert said. "We needed some people to step up, and Pam was one of them."

Johnson came through with the best effort of her career to win the all-around. She had a 9.725 on beam to finish first in the event, and her 9.675 in floor exercise gave her fourth place.

Towson freshman Liane Williams finished first and set meet records in the floor exercise (9.85) and vault (9.875).

Junior Shawna Thompson also helped the Tigers with a first-place finish on bars, tying the meet record with a 9.75 score.

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