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DHS gymnasts win home invite short-handed

Even in the face of adversity, the Dickinson High gymnastics team kept its cool. After junior Faith Beck injured herself in warmups for the vault, she was only able to compete in the bars the rest of Friday evening. No matter. The Midgets still c...

Dickinson High junior Faith Beck transitions to the lower bar during her routine on Friday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High junior Faith Beck transitions to the lower bar during her routine on Friday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Even in the face of adversity, the Dickinson High gymnastics team kept its cool.

After junior Faith Beck injured herself in warmups for the vault, she was only able to compete in the bars the rest of Friday evening.

No matter. The Midgets still came away as the team to beat at its home invitational at DHS gymnasium.

Dickinson collected 142.825 points, which topped visiting Jamestown (138.325), Grand Forks (132.925), Fargo Davies (130.825) and Fargo (114.425).

"We were pleased because Faith only did one event, and we were still able to score nearly what we did last week. They did well for being short-handed," said Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells. "But Jamestown showed some strength. They looked like they'll be some competition for us."

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Beck scored a 7.975 on the uneven bars in her only action of the meet, and her teammates took care of the rest.

Freshman Ayanna Fossum and sophomore Meghan Ackerman were one-two in the all-around with 37.825 points and 36.350 points, respectively. Freshman Brinklyn Schumacher was fourth in the all-around with 35.100 points.

"Those three in particular led the way. It made a lot of difference with those three hitting their events," Van Ells said. "Ayanna had another stellar night. She hit every event. She won everything again except vault, which Meghan won. Meghan had another really nice night. She had the one fall on beam, but she hit everything else. It was also her first time getting a nine (9.125) on the bars. She hit a really nice routine. ... Brinklyn had a really good night for 35.100 in the all around. She hit every one of her events."

Macy Leiss rounded out Dickinson's scoring with 32.175 total points, for 16th place.

Fossum earned a 9.275 on the bars, was second to Ackerman on the vault with a 9.425, won the balance beam with a 9.500 and won the floor with a 9.625.

Ackerman, after winning the vault with a 9.450, was second on the bars and fourth on the beam (8.750) and the floor (9.025).

Schumacher was third on the vault (9.275) and bars (8.575) and sixth on the beam (8.625).

Leiss tied for 15th on the bars (7.675), tied for 18th on the beam (7.700), tied for 11th on the floor (8.825) and tied for 26th on the vault (7.975).

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At Dickinson High Gym

Team scores: 1, Dickinson High, 142.825. 2, Jamestown, 138.325. 3, Grand Forks, 132.925. 4, Fargo Davies 130.825. 5, Fargo, 114.425.

All around

1, Ayanna Fossum, Dickinson High, 37.825. 2, Meghan Ackerman, Dickinson High, 36.350. 3, Anna Suppes, Fargo Davies, 35.425. 4, Brinklyn Schumacher, Dickinson High, 35.100. 16, Macy Leiss, Dickinson High, 32.175.

Vault

1, Meghan Ackerman, Dickinson High, 9.450. 2, Ayanna Fossum, Dickinson High, 9.425. 3, Brinklyn Schumacher, Dickinson High, 9.275. 15, Baylee Fetch, Dickinson High, 8.625.

Uneven bars

1, Ayanna Fossum, Dickinson High, 9.275. 2, Meghan Ackerman, Dickinson High, 9.125. 3, Brinklyn Schumacher, Dickinson High, 8.575. 11, Faith Beck, Dickinson High, 7.975.

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Balance beam

1, Ayanna Fossum, Dickinson High, 9.500. 2, Anna Suppes, Fargo Davies, 8.900. 3, Rachel Schiele, Jamestown, 8.775. 4, Meghan Ackerman, Dickinson High, 8.750. 6, Brinklyn Schumacher, Dickinson High, 8.625.

Floor exercise

1, Ayanna Fossum, Dickinson High, 9.625. 2, Madison Mandan, Jamestown, 9.250. 3, Haley Nelson, Jamestown, 9.225. 4, Anna Suppes, Fargo Davies, 9.025. 4, Meghan Ackerman, Dickinson High, 9.025. 7, Dacia Rambousek, Dickinson High, 8.975.

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