Milbank High School senior gymnast, Brooke Fraasch, earned a place in the individual competition of the State Class A gymnastics meet. She did so by meeting the in-season qualifying standards for the third time in both the all-around competition and the vault during the Deuel Invitational meet Tuesday, January 17.
B. Fraasch scored a 32.05 in the all-around competition and finished seventh overall. She tied for eighth place on vault with a 8.65. Brooke also placed sixth on bars and 9th on beam.
Also earning a state qualifying score in the meet was Mackenzie Weinkauf with a 8.6 on the balance beam. She tied for fifth place with that mark, and needs just one more score of a 8.6 or better to earn a spot in that event at the state meet. She has already qualified for state in all-around, vault and floor.
Weinkauf finished the meet Tuesday with a fourth place finish in the all-around competition, 9th on vault, fifth on beam and third on floor.
Also placing in the meet for Milbank were Tori Hooth, eighth on beam; Christina Lusk, sixth on floor, and Jodi DeVaal, 10th in all-around.
Milbank finished third overall in the team standings with 128.75. Deuel won the meet with 138.90, and Britton-Hecla was second with 132.80. Sisseton rounded out the team totals with 118.95.
The Milbank Lady Bulldog gymnastics team captured a very respectable fourth place at the Madison Invitational meet Saturday, January 14, with a team score of 122.55.
“This meet was a true team state meet,” expressed Milbank head coach Amber Fraasch. “All 13 Class A teams competed at this meet, and I am very pleased with our fourth place finish. It looks like Deuel could once again challenge Madison for the state title come February.”
Milbank started out the meet on the balance beam, and had two no-fall routines from Jodi DeVaal and Brooke Fraasch. “Overall, our beam routines were fairly shaky.” Fraasch scored 7.80 which was good enough for 14th place.
The Lady Bulldogs then moved to the floor exercise where Mackenzie Weinkauf was the top place winner. Her score of 8.750 landed her in 8th place out of 61 performers and was her third state qualifying score. “Our floor scores were low as execution was hit hard,” Amber explained.
The locals were hit hard again on execution on the vault. Weinkauf scored a 8.275 for the team high of 17th place. The scoring continued into Milbank’s final event – the uneven parallel bars. Brooke Fraasch placed 10th on the event with a 7.525.
“Tough judging presented us with one of our lowest bar total scores of the season,” Amber added. “The judging was consistent across the board.”
Three girls competed in the all-around competition for Milbank. Weinkauf led the scores with a 31.525.00
Following are the complete results from both recent meets:
4. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 33.25; 7. Brooke Fraasch, 32.05; 10. Jodi DeVaal, 30.65.
8. Brooke Fraasch, 8.65; 9. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 8.6.
Uneven Parallel Bars
6. Brooke Fraasch, 7.95.
5. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 8.60; 8. Tori Hooth, 8.0; 9. Brooke Fraasch, 7.9.
3. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 8.70; 6. Christina Lusk, 8.40.
Madison, 133.95; Deuel, 132.025; Britton-Hecla, 128.70; Milbank, 122.55; West Central, 120.60; Hot Springs, 118.425; Vermillion, 112.70; Chamberlain, 111.875; Wall-Kadoka-Phillip, 108.65; Wagner-Bon Homme, 106.475; Sisseton, 105.625; Stanley County, 73.40; Parkston-Ethan-Hanson, 65.75; Montrose, 35.125; Warner, 27.35.
12. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 31.525; 15. Brooke Fraasch, 31.025; 18. Jodi DeVaal, 30.10.
17. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 8.275; 26. Brooke Fraasch, 8.10; 27. Tori Hooth, 8.05; 33. Maddie Gustafson, 7.825; 36. Jodi DeVaal, 7.80
Uneven Parallel Bars
10. Brooke Fraasch, 7.525; 21. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 6.95; 27. Jodi DeVaal, 6.8; 27. Greta Snaza, 6.80; 32. Maddie Gustafson, 6.5.
14. Brooke Fraasch, 7.80; 23. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 7.55; 26. Jodi DeVaal, 7.40; 31. Tori Hooth, 6.85; 33. Christina Lusk, 6.775.
8. Mackenzie Weinkauf, 8.75; 22. Jodi DeVaal, 8.10; 22. Christina Lusk, 8.10; 36. Maddie Gustafson, 7.675; 37. Brooke Fraasch, 7.60.