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Midgets gymnastics adds second three-peat in program history

JAMESTOWN -- For the third consecutive year, the Dickinson High gymnastics team has reach the top of the summit. Completing a season sweep of all their meets, the Midgets captured their 12th state gymnastics championship in program history on Fri...

JAMESTOWN - For the third consecutive year, the Dickinson High gymnastics team has reach the top of the summit.

Completing a season sweep of all their meets, the Midgets captured their 12th state gymnastics championship in program history on Friday, Feb. 23 from the James McElrath gymnasium.

Dating back to a run from 1974-76, it is the second time that Dickinson has won three consecutive years. It is also the third time, the Midgets have run the table in a season, last accomplishing that feat in 2016.

“Two years ago, we really had a strong team with a couple of seniors who were uniquely talented. This year is a more balanced team, I think that’s the main difference,” Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells said. “We have gone without some of our better gymnasts at different times and still been able to win meets with some room to spare. Because of the depth, I say that’s the difference, we have quite a bit of depth in this group.”

Dickinson finished with a score of 148.034, outdistancing runner-up Bismarck High who tallied a score of 143.099. Host school Jamestown placed third with a score of 141.783.

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The Midgets won all of the team events.

“To me, the vault did stand out, primarily because that was the event we start on,” Van Ells said. “We just ran all six vaults really well and already, we were comfortable….Then we went to bars and we hit all of our routines there as well. After bars, it was cruising. They did all their performances. Sometimes pressure helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, being able to relax helps. They were able to perform without feeling like there was extra pressure on them.”

The Midgets will look to add more hardware as the individual competition will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24 from Jamestown at 1 p.m.

ND High School State MeetTeam Scores1, Dickinson High, 148.034. 2, Bismarck High, 143.009. 3, Jamestown, 141.783. 4, Grand Forks Central/GRRR 138.948. 5, Bismarck Legacy, 135.582. 6, Minot High, 134.665. 7, Valley City, 134.082. 8, Fargo Davies 129.035.    

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