Dickinson High Midgets gymnastics top Jamestown on Acacia Fossum’s strong showing

Her fists were raised a little bit more triumphantly this time. It's called a "Shaposhnikova," and for the first time in her career, Acacia Fossum completed the uneven bars maneuver with judges watching. "All of them in warmups, I didn't catch a ...

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Dickinson High senior gymnast Acacia Fossum performs a segment of her routine on the uneven bars Friday against Jamestown at DHS gymnasium. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

Her fists were raised a little bit more triumphantly this time.
It’s called a “Shaposhnikova,” and for the first time in her career, Acacia Fossum completed the uneven bars maneuver with judges watching.
“All of them in warmups, I didn’t catch a single one,” she said. “I wanted to catch it so badly, and I was so relieved when I caught it. I was so happy I could add it to my routine today.”
The Dickinson High senior gymnast won the bars event, and swept the others as well, helping the Midgets defeat visiting Jamestown 147.575 to 137.650 Friday at DHS gymnasium.
Named for the famed Soviet gymnast Natalia Shaposhnikova, her skill she invented involves “rotating around the low bar with power, then shooting up and doing a kind of front flip to catch the high bar,” Dickinson High gymnastics coach Kent Van Ells said. “The risky part is that she’s coming up and not coming down on the release.
“It’s a skill on bars that no other North Dakota high school gymnast has ever done. I’ve never seen anybody else even attempt it. It’s a very unique and difficult skill.”
The daring move garnered a 9.725 score from the judges, just one of her four first-place finishes during the evening. She also took the top spot on the balance beam (9.200), the vault (9.775) and the floor exercise (9.650), giving her an all-around score of 38.350.
“Acacia did her best vault of her career today (too),” Van Ells said. “It would be great if she did that at state also.”
Fossum stole the top honors, but her teammates were right there with her.
Her younger sister, eighth-grader Ayanna Fossum, placed second in the all-around with 36.675 points, aided by a 9.600 on the floor (second place), third place on the vault and bars and fifth place on the beam.
Fellow eighth-grader Peyton Selle took fourth in the all-around (33.935 points) after standout performances on the beam (8.925, second) and vault (9.225, fourth).

“Peyton and Ayanna did really good today,” Acacia Fossum said. “Peyton is really proving herself this year. I’m really impressed with her. In the past years, she’s even shocked, ‘I got this score today! That’s so cool!’ She should expect more out of that. She’ll keep getting those higher scores.”
Freshman Meghan Ackerman placed seventh in the all-around with 33.800 points following an evening highlighted by her second-place finish on the vault with 9.375 points.
Sophomore Faith Beck fell on her vault attempt a week ago but looked healthy Friday competing in all events save for the vault. She tied for eighth on the floor, took seventh on the beam and was fifth on the bars.
Senior Keana Kudrna, still limited by a healing bone in her right foot, only competed on the bars and beam Friday, placing second and third, respectively, helping create a well-rounded effort for Dickinson High.
“Ayanna had a good day. She fell on the beam, but her floor was right up there with Acacia,” Van Ells said. “It was really exciting about Peyton. She had a really good meet, particularly beam. She has great skills, and as an eighth-grader, has great consistency. Faith came back from landing pretty hard (last week), and she hit her routines in the other ones. ... There’s a lot to like about today.”

Team scores: DHS 147.575, Jamestown 137.650
1, Acacia Fossum, D, 38.350. 2, Ayanna Fossum, D, 36.675. 3, Rachel Schiele, J, 34.125. 4, Payton Selle, D, 33.925. 7, Meghan Ackerman, D, 33.800.
1, Ac. Fossum, D, 9.775. 2, Ackerman, D, 9.375. 3, Ay. Fossum, D, 9.275. 4, Selle, D, 9.225. 5, Brinlyn Schumacher, D, 9.200. 13, Macy Leiss, D, 8.400.
Uneven bars
1, Ac. Fossum, D, 9.725. 2, Keana Kudrna, D, 9.700, 3, Ay. Fossum, D, 9.050. 5, Faith Beck, D, 8.650. 6, Dacia Rambousek, D, 8.375. 7T, Ackerman, D, 8.325. 13T, Selle, 7.275.
Balance beam
1, Ac. Fossum, D, 9.200. 2, Selle, D, 8.925. 3, Keana Kudrna, D, 8.875. 4, Rambousek, D, 8.850. 5, Ay. Fossum, D, 8.750. 7, Beck, D, 8.600. 13, Ackerman, D, 7.650.
Floor exercise
1, Ac. Fossum, D, 9.650. 2, Ay. Fossum, D, 9.600. 3, Ryan Campbell, D, 8.900. 5, Rambousek, D, 8.800. 8T, Beck, D, 8.550. 11, Selle, D, 8.500. 12T, Ackerman, D, 8.450. 14, Macy Leiss, D, 8.400. 16, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 7.950.

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