The Bulldog gymnastics team won the first meet of their season against Sisseton on November 26. Milbank Area scored 127.70 points and Sisseton tallied 112.75. Individually, Dani Yamaura took first place with a score of 32.3, Greta Snaza earned second at 32.1, Mackenzie Weinkauf was third at 31.45, and Maddie Gustafson came in fourth with a cumulative score of 30.4. Coach Amber Fraasch said, “Our final score of 127.70 was right where we wanted to be to start the season and on track to meet another season goal of not scoring lower than 126 points in any meet.”
On the balance beam, Yamaura took first place with a score of 8.3, Tori Hooth was second at 8.15, Snaza came in third at 7.9, and Weinkauf was fourth at 7.6. Fraasch said of the beam competition, “Although we had uncharacteristic stops on the bars and a few more falls on the beam than we would have liked to see, the gymnasts had solid routines, many competing new skills and others competing varsity for the first time. Now that we have competed, we can watch our routines and how they were scored. This will help us clean up those areas currently receiving a deduction.”
The Lady Bulldogs landed in the top five places in the uneven parallel bars. Snaza came in first with a 7.25, Yamaura tied for second with an even 7.0, Gustafson took third at 6.95, Madison Mathews earned fourth with her score of 6.8, and Weinkauf was fifth at 6.65.
The same five swept the top five places in the floor exercise division. Yamaura cleaned up with a score of 9.0, Weinkauf was second with an 8.7, Snaza came in third at 8.6, Mathews was fourth at 8.3 and Gustafson came in fifth at 8.2.
In the vault competition, Weinkauf earned second place with an 8.5, Snaza took third at 8.35, Gustafson was fourth at 8.2, and Hooth came in fifth at 8.1.
According to Coach Fraasch, three gymnasts also pre-qualified for the state and three gymnasts recorded personal best scores. Mackenzie Weinkauf pre-qualified for State in the floor exercise; Greta Snaza in the floor and all-around; and Dani Yamaura in the beam, floor, and all-around.
Maddie Gustafson earned a personal best score on the beam and all-around. Greta Snaza tied her personal best in the vault, and marked a new high on the beam, floor, and all-around. Yamaura recorded her new personal best in the floor exercise.
The team travels to take on Britton-Hecla on December 3.