Gymnastics has strong outing in Fargo

Midgets place first in second meet of season.

The Dickinson gymnastics team watches a teammate compete on the floor in their dominant performance at state. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)

After having a narrow victory to start out the season, the Dickinson Midgets gymnastics team had a stellar weekend in Fargo, ending with an overall team score of 142.050. Fargo Davies placed second with 120.675, and Fargo placed third with 120.025.

In the all-around, the Midgets took hold of the top five positions, with sophomore Amy Fridley taking the first-place slot with a score of 37 and placing first on the vault with 9.750, bars with 9.275, and on the floor exercise with 9.450. Fridley also placed third on the beam with 8.525.

Rylee Olson placed second with 43.500, always placing in at least the top five positions, her best score coming at the floor exercise with an 8.950 and placing third. Addison Fitterer placed third with 34.250, her best score coming in the balance beam with a score of 9.425 and placing first. Aspen Roadarmel placed fourth with 32.300, and Mikah Schock placed fifth with 32.125.

"This week was a lot better. They started making some improvements from their last meet," Head Coach Casey Berry said. "They were looking good and if they can just keep improving, it's going to be a good, fun season for the girls."

This is Fridley's second consecutive meet of placing first and helping the Dickinson gymnastics team earn its first place finish.


"Amy is doing great ... she still has room for improvement," Berry said. "She has room to be even better than that. She works so hard in practice she really is going to be a contender this year, I think for one of the top spots in the state individually."

The Midgets' Anna Clifton also had a strong performance, particularly on the vault with a placement of 9.050, and placed third behind Fitterer in second with 9.300 and Fridley with 9.750.

"Her vault is just getting better and better," Berry said.

Sophomore Brooklyn Deguzman also made a slight return to action for the Midgets by competing on the bars and finished with a score of 7.775, allowing her to place fifth in the activity. Deguzman also warmed up for the floor exercise but did not compete.

"I was really happy that we got her back on at least one of the events and that she was able to warm up those other two events," Berry said. "I was really proud of her for getting out there and getting going. It's been a long and hard recovery process for her so that was great to see."

Berry said the team's consistency must continue to grow to ensure further success.

"The scores will be there if we can hit," Berry said. "Right now we're kind of falling a lot, which is expected at the beginning of the season, but if we can continue to just get more consistent and hit our routines they'll look good."

The Midgets will compete again on Saturday in Bismarck.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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