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Midgets perfect through two gymnastics meets

Dickinson High gymnastics head coach Kent Van Ells was pleased with his girls performance in the team's opening meet on Nov. 30, but he was particularly interested in how his team would perform against stiffer competition.

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Dickinson High senior Dacia Rambousek performs on the uneven bars during the Dickinson Invitational on Friday, Dec. 8, from the Dickinson High Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson High gymnastics head coach Kent Van Ells was pleased with his girls performance in the team’s opening meet on Nov. 30, but he was particularly interested in how his team would perform against stiffer competition.

Van Ells got his answer, and he was pleasantly surprised.

Capturing a team score of 148.375, the Midgets finished first in the Dickinson Invitational on Friday, Dec. 1, from the Dickinson High Gym.  

Grand Forks was second with a score of 141.575, followed by Jamestown, Fargo Davies and Fargo.

“I would say they definitely had a better meet today than they did last week. I don’t know, it’s really exciting,” Van Ells said quizzically. “They were more consistent, last week they were kind of up and down. This meet, each event was pretty well hit, which at this time of the year is unexpected.”

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For the second week in a row, the Midgets were led by senior Dacia Rambousek, who captured the all-around with a score of 37.525. Fellow senior Megan Ackerman finished second with a mark of 37.100, while eighth-grader Brooklyn Deguzman took home fourth after scoring 36.850.

The team featured six girls in the all-around top 10.

Rambousek’s performance was highlighted with a scintillating effort on the balance beam, taking the event after scoring 9.725. Ackerman struggled on the uneven bars a week earlier, but came back with a vengeance, winning the event with a score of 9.550.

“Dacia once again had an outstanding day, she had a better meet than she did last time,” Van Ells said. And then Meghan had a good meet this time. Last week, she had some trouble, but I think that was the difference to the team score being better. People like Meghan were starting to hit, and she made it all the way through the bars this time.”

 

Team scores: 1, Dickinson High, 148.375. 2, Grand Forks, 141.575. 3, Jamestown, 138.000. 4, Fargo Davies, 129.525. 5, Fargo, 126.475.All around1, Dacia Rambousek, D, 37.525. 2, Meghan Ackerman, D, 37.100. 3, Haley Nelson, J, 36.875. 4, Brooklyn Deguzman, D, 36.850. 5, Rachel Schiele, J, 36.575.Vault1, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 9.475. 2, Ackerman, D, 9.375. 3, Nelson, J, 9.325. 4, Alex Baer, FS, 9.300. 5, Rambousek, D, 9.200.Uneven bars1, Ackerman, D, 9.550. 2, Deguzman, D, 9.275. 3, Schumacher, D, 9.250. T4, Rambousek, D, 9.200. T4, Schiele, J, 9.200.Balance beam1, Rambousek, D, 9.725. 2, Nelson, J, 9.525. T3, Sydnee Spivey, GF, 9.300. T4, Deguzman, D, 9.300. 5, Ackerman, D, 9.275.Floor exercise1, Schiele, J, 9.500. 2, Rambousek, D, 9.4000. 3, Spivey, GF, 9.325. 4, Nelson, J, 9.225. 5, Deguzman, D, 9.150.

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Dickinson High junior Brinklyn Schumacher performs on the uneven bars during the Dickinson Invitational on Friday, Dec. 7, from the Dickinson High Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

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