Dickinson High Midgets gymnastics secures victory in first home meet

This wasn't practice anymore. This was the real thing.The Dickinson High gymnastics team hosted its first meaningful competition of the year Friday, and after shaking off the jitters, the Midgets came away with the team title -- edging Minot 145....

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Eighth-grade gymnast Ayanna Fossum competes in the vault competition for Dickinson High Friday at DHS gymnasium while head coach Kent Van Ells spots her. Fossum took first in the event with 9.575 points. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

This wasn’t practice anymore. This was the real thing.
The Dickinson High gymnastics team hosted its first meaningful competition of the year Friday, and after shaking off the jitters, the Midgets came away with the team title - edging Minot 145.975 to 142.250 - and placed four gymnasts in the all-around top 10. Wahpeton (121.300) and Mandan (119.100) placed third and fourth, respectively.
“I fell a few times and had kind of a rough meet,” said Dickinson High senior gymnast Acacia Fossum, who placed first, “but after doing high school gymnastics for so long, it was like a practice. I just had to get all that stuff out of the way, and hopefully it doesn’t happen again for the rest of the year. It was a nice practice meet.”
So maybe it was kind of like a practice. Whatever it felt like, it treated the Midgets well.
Fossum beat out Minot senior Hannah Werchau 37.600 to 37.200 for the all-around title after placing third in the vault (9.450 points), tying for second on the uneven bars (9.050), and placing first on the balance beam (9.450) and in her floor exercise (9.650).
Fossum’s younger sister Ayanna Fossum, an eighth-grader, took third with 36.025 points, a performance that included placing first on the vault (9.575) and tying for third on the floor (9.300). Fellow eighth-grader Peyton Selle took sixth in the all-around with 33.875 points, and freshman Meghan Ackerman was seventh with 33.700 points.
“They all did really well tonight,” Acacia Fossum said of the team’s younger gymnasts. “Sometimes they have hiccups in the first meet, but they really stepped up tonight. I’m really happy for them.”

Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells also said he was proud of the team’s performance.
“I was pleased with a lot of the girls down the line,” he said. “Peyton did really well. Meghan is really coming around and doing better. Dacia (Rambousek), her beam was a big deal (fourth, 8.925). I can’t think of any performances that I was particularly unhappy about.”
Dickinson High senior Keana Kudrna, competing while a bone heals in her right foot, was limited to just the bars and the beam Friday, but her results would suggest she was neither limited nor injured. She placed first on the bars (9.650) and second on the beam (9.250).
“I was really happy for her,” Acacia Fossum said. “After having such a long couple weeks with her foot, it was nice and reassuring for her that - even though she’s only practicing in two events - that hard work paid off.”
Dickinson returns to action next at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 when it hosts Jamestown, Rapid City and Rapid City Stevens at Dickinson High School. After getting past their first invitational with such success, the Midgets are anxious for what the rest of the season may hold.
“For this being our first meet, I’m proud of what I’ve done, but I know I’ll slowly get better too,” Ackerman said. “We were all scared for it, but I think we got it out of the way. We realized that we were overthinking it. It’s nice to be back. I’m excited for what the rest of the meets bring for us as a team.”

Team scores: 1, Dickinson High, 145.975. 2, Minot, 142.250. 3, Wahpeton, 121.300. 4, Mandan, 119.100.
All around
1, Acacia Fossum, DHS, 37.600. 2, Hannah Werchau, Minot, 37.200. 3, Ayanna Fossum, DHS, 36.025. 6, Peyton Selle, DHS, 33.875. 7, Meghan Ackerman, DHS, 33.700.
1, Ayanna Fossum, DHS, 9.575. 2, Werchau, Minot, 9.500. 3, Acacia Fossum, DHS, 9.450. 4, Ackerman, DHS, 9.375. 6, Faith Beck, DHS, 9.225. 7, Selle, DHS, 9.100. 8, Brinklyn Schumacher, DHS, 9.075. 9, Karsen Stroh, DHS, 9.050.
Uneven bars
1, Keana Kudrna, DHS, 9.650. T2, Acacia Fossum, DHS, and Olivia Schoffstall, Minot, 9.050. 5, Ayanna Fossum, DHS, 8.900. 7, Ackerman, DHS, 8.450. 8, Dacia Rambousek, DHS, 8.300. 9, Selle, DHS, 8.150.
Balance beam
1, Acacia Fossum, DHS, 9.450. 2, Kudrna, DHS, 9.250. 3, Werchau, Minot, 9.100. 4, Rambousek, DHS, 8.925. 6, Stroh, DHS. 8.725.
Floor exercise
1, Acacia Fossum, DHS, 9.650. 2, Werchau, Minot, 9.600. T3, Ayanna Fossum, DHS, and Adisynn Widdel, Minot, 9.300. 8, Rambousek, DHS, 8.550. 10, Ryan Campbell, DHS, 8.450.

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