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Midgets gymnastics places first at Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- The Dickinson High gymnastics team had its struggles on Friday but still managed to come out ahead of the competition. The Midgets amassed 139.150 team points to top Jamestown's 138.425 and Minot's 135.425. Dickinson head coach Kent ...

JAMESTOWN - The Dickinson High gymnastics team had its struggles on Friday but still managed to come out ahead of the competition.

The Midgets amassed 139.150 team points to top Jamestown’s 138.425 and Minot’s 135.425.

Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells said the team had bright spots, of course, but all but one gymnast didn’t record a fall while on the balance beam on Friday - and even that one fell on the dismount.

“We did not have a good meet. We still came out and won it, and we’re still happy about that. But (the beam is) a concern,” Van Ells said. “We got a ways to go if we want to defend the state championship. It’s just nice to know we can come out ahead and not have a good meet, but I don’t want to rely on that.”

Dickinson freshman Ayanna Fossum won all events except for the beam, where she took second.

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“She put together a complete bar routine,” Van Ells said. “We’ve been trying to put one together and she hit it. It’s the best one she’s ever had.”

Fossum’s 9.400 on the bars was a personal best. She also won the vault with that score and the floor with a 9.450. Her score on the beam was 8.475. She placed first in the all-around with 36.725 points.

Sophomore Meghan Ackerman was second on the vault with a 9.100 and freshman Brinklyn Schumacher was third with 9.050.

Junior Faith Beck was fourth on the bars (8.850) and sixth on the beam (8.175).

Ackerman was fourth in the all-around (34.450), while Schumacher was seventh (33.725) and Beck was ninth (33.675).

The Midgets compete in another meet at Grand Forks Central today.

Team scores

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1. Dickinson High 139.150. 2. Jamestown 138.425. 3. Minot 135.425.

All-Around

1. Ayanna Fossum, DHS, 36.725. 2. Haley Nelson, Jamestown, 34.850. 3. Bella Price, Minot, 34.475. 4, Meghan Ackerman, DHS, 34.450. 7, Brinklyn Schumacher, DHS, 33.725. 9. Faith Beck, DHS, 33.675.

Vault

1. Fossum, DHS, 9.400. 2. Ackerman, DHS, 9.100. 3. Schumacher, DHS, 9.050.

Uneven bars

1. Fossum, DHS, 9.400. 2. Nelson, J, 8.925. 3. Olivia Schoffstall, Minot, 8.900. 4, Beck, DHS, 8.850. 6. Schumacher, DHS, 8.600. 9, Ackerman, DHS, 8.425.

Balance beam

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1. Grace Shanklin, Minot, 8.800. 2. Fossum, DHS, 8.475. 3, Nelson, J, 8.400. 4. Ackerman, DHS, 8.350. 6. Beck, DHS, 8.175. 7. Dacia Rambousek, DHS, 8.150.

Floor

1. Fossum, DHS, 9.450. 2. Price, Minot, 9.250. 3. Nelson, J, 9.225. 11, Ackerman, DHS, 8.575.

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