Ohio contestant wins Miss America talent prelim

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Contestants from Florida and Ohio won the first night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant on a night that saw one of the contestants collapse onstage.

Miss Florida Victoria Cowen won the swimsuit competition Tuesday, while Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart won the talent competition for a ventriloquism routine.

The awards were announced moments after Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew, collapsed onstage and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Pageant officials said she appeared to be overheated but predicted she would be all right.

The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night.

 

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