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Miss Louisiana Wins Swimsuit Preliminary; Miss Iowa Wins for Talent

September 12, 1991

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Miss Iowa won a preliminary round in the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant with a piano recital, while Miss Louisiana won a swimsuit preliminary - after eating ice cream to make her skin glow.

Wednesday’s events were part of the second of three preliminary rounds leading up to Saturday night’s televised finals.

Lisa Somodi, 23, who graduated from the University of Iowa this year with a degree in piano performance and composition, played a Liszt rhapsody.

″I don’t try to play for the judges and the audience. I try to play for myself,″ said the Muscatine, Iowa, resident.

Christi Page, 21, of Ruston, La., wore a peach swimsuit to win that preliminary competition. She said she got in shape with a half-hour of running and two hours of weight training a day. She said she topped off her lunch with ice cream because her trainer told her ″it makes your skin glow.″

Miss Page is a senior majoring in piano and vocal performance at Louisiana Tech University.

The 50 contestants are split into three groups; in each of the preliminary rounds, each group competes in one of three areas: swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

During the first preliminaries Tuesday, Miss Hawaii Carolyn Suzanne Sapp won swimsuit and Miss New York Marisol Montalvo won talent.

The contestants accumulate points to become one of the 10 semifinalists at the finals.

Swimsuit and evening gown count for 15 percent each; the interview portion counts for 30 percent; and talent 40 percent. Winners of the preliminary evening gown competitions are kept secret until the finals.

The reigning Miss America is Judith Vincent of Oak Park, Ill.

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