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New year, same story: Midgets roll in season-opening Milo Dullum Invitational

Dating back to the 2017 West Region meet, the Dickinson High gymnastics team has finished first in every meet it has participated in. Despite competing without two of their top gymnasts and fielding a roster with a number of newcomers, the Midget...

Dickinson High seventh grader Rylee Olson completes her floor exercise during the season-opening Milo Dullum Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30, from the Dickinson High School. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High seventh grader Rylee Olson completes her floor exercise during the season-opening Milo Dullum Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30, from the Dickinson High School. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

Dating back to the 2017 West Region meet, the Dickinson High gymnastics team has finished first in every meet it has participated in.

Despite competing without two of their top gymnasts and fielding a roster with a number of newcomers, the Midgets train continued to roll, taking the top spot in the season-opening Milo Dullum Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30, from Dickinson High School.

Dickinson earned a top overall score of 147.050. Wahpeton captured second with a mark of 124.650, followed by Mandan, with a score of 121.650. Fielding an incomplete team, Minot was fourth with a mark of 61.175.

"I don't think I'd say surprised, but I'm really excited about how the girls performed," Midgets head coach Kent Van Ells said. "Sometimes when you come in short-handed, the other team members might be a little concerned and feel the pressure. They really rose to the occasion, they had a lot of really good routines. Up and down the line, the girls had top-of-the-line routines, and if we can keep that up, we'll be in really good shape."

Six Midgets collected at the top of the All-Around charts, led by senior Dacia Rambousek, who posted a mark of 36.900.

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"I felt that she was really set to have a real good season this year," Van Ells said. "In the past, she's quite often had injuries that have held her back. She's so much stronger, particularly on vault. Her bars are better and has really shown improves on the floor and beam. She's a dancer, and now that she has the tumbling and skills to go with it, she just really shines out there.

On the balance beam, Rambousek led a Dickinson brigade that had # girls pick up spots in the top 10, winning the event with a score of 9.850.

"I've always really liked beam, so I think that was the one I performed best on today," Rambousek said. "I think because my team supported me throughout the entire meet, we all support each other and did very well as a team."

Dickinson junior Brinklyn Schumacher was second in the all-around, scoring a total of 36.625. She was the only gymnast to win two events, posting the best score in the vault and uneven bars.

"Brinklyn has really improved her routines as well, particularly on bars," Van Ells said. "She just totally changed her bar routine, including much more difficult things in it, that makes a big difference. She nailed her beam routine and did a nice job in her other two events.

Midgets eighth-grader Brooklyn Deguzman and senior Meghan Ackerman were third and fourth in the all-around, while in her first meet as a member of the team, seventh-grader Addison Fitterer rounded out the top-five.

Fitterer's highlight came on the balance beam, where she finished second behind Rambousek with a score of 9.500.

"My routine, I thought it was going well, and then I didn't know if it was going to go well the rest (of the way), so I wasn't really sure what was going to happen, but I was able to do it," Fitterer said.

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Midgets eighth-grader Courtney Roller was sixth in the all-around, with a score of 33.925. Dickinson was without a pair of state-qualifiers: sophomore Ayanna Fossum and eighth-grader Amy Fitterer. But even in their absence in competition and with a smaller team than a year ago, after one meet, the Midgets appear poised for another state title run.

"The take away from this is that the girls last year did pretty good. This year, they're doing much better and are taking up the slack for the gymnasts we lost," Van Ells said.

Team scores: 1, Dickinson High 147.050. 2, Wahpeton, 124.650. 3, Mandan 121.650. 4, Minot, 61.175.

All around

1, Dacia Rambousek, D, 36.900. 2, Brinklyn Schumacher, D, 36.625. 3, Brooklyn Deguzman, D, 36.525. 4, Meghan Ackerman, D, 35.725. 5, Addison Fitterer, D, 35.425. 6, Courtney Roller, 33.925

Vault

1, Schumacher, D, 9.575. 2, Ackerman, D, 9.100. T3, Rambousek, D, 9.050. T3, Bella Price, Mi., 9.050. T3, Deguzman, D, 9.050. 6, Roller, D, 8.950. 7, Anna Clifton, D, 8.900. 8, Kendal Blair, Ma., 8.825. 9, Quinn Bassingthwaite, W, 8.575. 10, Jericach Locker, Ma., 8.550.

Uneven bars

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1, Schumacher, D, 9.300. 2, Price, Mi., 9.175. 3, Deguzman, D, 9.050. 4, Ackerman, D, 9.000. 5, Rambousek, D, 8.800. 6, Fitterer, D, 8.600. 8, T8, Roller, D, 8.000. T8, Rylee Olson, 8.000.

Balance beam

1, Rambousek, D, 9.850. 2, Fitterer, D, 9.500. 3, Deguzman, D, 9.375. 4, Schumacher, D, 9.275. 5, Olson, D, 9.175. 6, Mikah Schock, D, 8.750. T8, Ackerman, D, 8.550. T10, Roller, D, 8.200.

Floor exercise

1, Price, Mi., 9.225. 2, Rambousek, D, 9.200. 3, Ackerman, D, 9.075. 4, Deguzman, D, 9.050. 5, Fitterer, D, 8.800. 6, Roller, D, 8.775. 7, Olson, D, 8.650. T8, Schumacher, D, 8.475. 10, Clifton, D, 8.425.

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