Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick wins Miss America swimsuit prelim

Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo, left, and Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick pose for photographers after winning the first night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Russo won the talent competition while Rick won the swimsuit competition. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo, left, and Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick pose for photographers after winning the first night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Russo won the talent competition while Rick won the swimsuit competition. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks will open the second night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant Wednesday night.

The Spotlight Performers Show Choir from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will perform “God Bless the USA,” and Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell will speak about the group’s support of military families.

Contestants from Mississippi and New Hampshire won the first night of preliminaries on Tuesday.

Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo won the talent competition by singing a Barbra Streisand song from the musical “Funny Girl.”

Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick won the swimsuit competition.

Preliminary competition runs through Thursday.

The traditional “show us your shoes” parade on the Boardwalk is Saturday, followed by the nationally televised crowning of the new Miss America Sunday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Sept. 10, 2013 photo released by the Miss America Organization shows Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick participating in the swimsuit competition during first night of preliminaries for the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. Rick won the swimsuit competition. A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks will open the second night of preliminary competition on Wednesday night and a new Miss America will be crowned on Sunday. (AP Photo/Miss America Organization)

This Sept. 10, 2013 photo released by the Miss America Organization shows Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick participating in the swimsuit competition during first night of preliminaries for the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. Rick won the swimsuit competition. (AP Photo/Miss America Organization)