This is the first win for Tennessee in pageant history.
Lynnette Cole becomes the fifth former Miss Teen USA state delegate to win or inherit the Miss USA title in six years and the third to win it outright.
This is the highest finish from a New Hampshire delegate in pageant history, and its first placement since 1980.
Alabama had its highest placement since 1992. The delegate, Jina Mitchell received a 9.93 score in the evening gown final from the judges, the highest ever recorded evening gown score in the history of the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA or Miss Universe pageants.
Kansas had its highest placement since 1996.
Georgia had its highest placement since 1993.
Colorado placed for the first time since 1989 and second since 1969.
Iowa placed for the first time since 1993 and second since 1960.
The delegates from Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri - all popular favorites for the semifinals - finished in the 11th through 14th places, just missing the official Top 10. North Dakota placed 15th and Minnesota 16th.
Jennifer Dupont (Louisiana) - Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998 (Dupont competed in the Miss USA pageant less than two years after competing at Miss Teen USA. The youngest in the competition, in 2004 she became a Triple Crown winner, for holding state titles for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America)
Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title or would later win one were:
Rebekah Keller (California) - Miss California 1997 (4th runner-up and Preliminary Swimsuit award at Miss America 1998)