Midgets gymnast Fridley signs with UW-Stout
High school senior, state and national champion gymnast, announces commitment to Division III program
DICKINSON — Arguably one of the greatest female athletes in school history, with state and national titles and countless personal accolades to her name, Amy Fridley signed her National Letter of Intent (NIL) in a ceremony at the Dickinson High School gymnasium on Dec. 20.
Fridley announced her intentions to pursue athletics by competing at the collegiate level for the Blue Devils of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The high school senior said the Division III program was the ideal campus to further develop her back-to-back state winning vault.
The family atmosphere she witnessed during a visit in late November fully cemented her decision to attend a campus that she referred to as “the perfect fit.”
“Honestly, it wasn’t the school that was in the back of my mind initially,” Fridley said. “They invited me out on a visit and I just fell in love with everything about the school and the culture was just amazing… The whole recruiting process is a very stressful process and sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect fit for you. I am really grateful that they are giving me this opportunity.”
University of Wisconsin-Stout's head coach, Becky Beaulieu, is in her 18th year with the program and has coached two National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) vault champions in Mikala Bugge (2022) and Shadae Boone (2019).
Competing in her senior year under the umbrella of USA Gymnastics’ level 10 programming, while also managing the Dickinson High School varsity team, is something that Fridley said has given her the perfect opportunity to make final lasting memories before starting her next chapter, more than 600 miles away from home.
“It has just been so crazy that I am already going to college next year,” Fridley said. “We had a little team party last night and I was sitting there when it hit me, this is the last time that I get to do this with my team. So I have been taking everything in…[My coaches and teammates] were all really excited for me when I signed for Stout, so we are taking in all of our time together and being with each other and really making sure that every moment counts.”