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DHS gymnastics team finishes regular season unbeaten

In a tune-up dual before regionals next week, Dickinson High's gymnastics team had a victory over Mandan High marred by injury. Completing an undefeated regular season, the Midgets placed first in the dual, notching a team score of 149.775. Manda...

Midgets seventh grade gymnast Courtney Roller goes to work on the uneven bars on Friday, Dec. 9 from the DHS Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Midgets seventh grade gymnast Courtney Roller goes to work on the uneven bars on Friday, Dec. 9 from the DHS Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

In a tune-up dual before regionals next week, Dickinson High's gymnastics team had a victory over Mandan High marred by injury.

Completing an undefeated regular season, the Midgets placed first in the dual, notching a team score of 149.775. Mandan collected a team score of 126.500.

Towards the end of the dual, Midgets seventh-grader Teghan Hoff was injured while competing in the vault.

Racing toward the vault at a high rate of speed, one of Hoff's hands slipped on the table as she began her ascent. Losing control in the air, she landed on the back of her neck.

The energy from the audience and participants halted to a worrying silence as medics came to the scene to examine Hoff, who complained of back pain. She remained alert, had movement in all of her extremities and even shared a couple of laughs before being wheeled away on a stretcher.

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"It's the hardest part, you wish you could do more," longtime Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells said. "We'll have to see how she is. She may be fine. ... you just don't know. ... We're thinking about her all the time right now."

Midgets sophomore Ayanna Fossum won the all-around for the tenth time in as many events, amassing a score of 38.250 after wins in the vault, floor and beam.

Capturing a victory in the uneven bars, Dickinson junior Meghan Ackerman finished second with a score of 37.125. Midgets swept the top seven places in the all-around.

Eighth grader McKayla Lindbo was the highest placing Mandan gymnast, coming in eighth place with a score of 34.000.

"We had a really good meet," Van Ells said. "They were real relaxed, they had a lot of confidence. They felt like it was a meet that was more of a matter of competing to prepare themselves for the WDA regionals, rather than if they won or lost this particular meet. They really did well."

Regionals will be held at Dickinson High School on Friday, Feb. 16. While it won't be her last time performing at home, senior Faith Beck received a fond farewell after competing in her last regular season meet.

Before the award ceremony, Ackerman and fellow junior Dacia Rambousek read a touching tribute to Beck, showing appreciation of their time as teammates.

"It feels really great to know that I was such a positive role for them," Beck said. "But it's also really sad. I'm going to miss them, they've been a big part of my life over the last five years. It's just really humbling that they get to be my teammates."

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Beck has been a member of four state championship teams and will be looking for number five toward the end of the month.

"It's crazy that it's gone by so fast," Beck said. "I've had a wonderful experience. All of my teammates and coaches that I've had throughout the years have definitely helped me grow into the person I am today and they have impacted me greatly, in not only gymnastics, but my life as well."

As her coach through her tenure on the team, Van Ells remarked on how she has evolved over the years.

"We have pictures of her in her seventh-grade year, a state championship season, and she looked so tiny," Van Ells said with a smile. "To see her grow so tall and strong has been really exciting. Every year it's gotten better for her and this season is easily her best season, that's the way you want to go."

Team scores: 1, Dickinson High 149.775. 2, Mandan High 126.550

All around

1, Ayanna Fossum, D, 38.250. 2, Meghan Ackerman, D, 37.125. 3, Faith Beck, D, 36.650. 4 Dacia Rambousek, D, 35.975. 5, Amy Fridley, 35.800. 6, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 35.575. 7, Brooklyn DeGuzman 34.650.

Vault

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1, Ayanna Fossum, D, 9.550. 2, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 9.350. 3, Meghan Ackerman, D, 9.325. 4 Faith Beck, D, 9.250. 5, Amy Fridley, D, 9.200. 7, Brooklyn Deguzman, D, 8.875. 8, Dacia Rambousek, D, 8.750.

Uneven bars

1, Meghan Ackerman, D, 9.600. 2, Ayanna Fossum, D, 9.450. 3, Teghan Hoff, D, 9.275. 4, Faith Beck, D, 9.000, 5, Ruby Benton, D, 8.800. 6, Dacia Rambousek, D, 8.750. 7, Amy Fridley, D, 8.700. 8, Brooklyn Deguzman, D, 8.175. 9, Macy Leiss, D, 8.150.

Balance beam

1, Ayanna Fossum, D, 9.650. 2, Dacia Rambousek, D, 9.375. 3, Faith Beck, D, 9.325. 4, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 9.250. T5, Peyton Laser, D, 9.125. T5, Meghan Ackerman, D, 9.125. 7 Veronica Pavek, D, 8.925. T8, Brooklyn Deguzman, D, 8.775. T8, Amy Fridley, D, 8.775.

Floor exercise

1, Ayanna Fossum, D, 9.600. 2, Teghan Hoff, D, 9.375. 3, Macy Leiss, D, 9.275. 4, Amy Fridley, D, 9.125. 5, Dacia Rambousek, D, 9.100. T6, Faith Beck, D, 9.075. T6, Meghan Ackerman, D, 9.075. 8, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 8.925. T9, Courtney Roller, D, 8.875. T9, Veronica Pavek, D, 8.875.

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