The Milbank Lady Bulldogs gymnastics team captured first place at its home meet at the Milbank Armory Saturday, December 19. The locals collected the victory with a team total of 129.35.
“This was the first meet of the season where we were able to compete a full line-up of five gymnasts and it showed in our team score,” stated Milbank head coach Amber Fraasch. “Even though there were restrictions on attendance, we enjoyed performing in front of the home crowd. We recognized and thanked our parents who have supported our gymnasts throughout the seasons and watched Greta Snaza compete in her final home meet. She left it all on the floor, leading the team in the all-around, vault, and floor, with two personal best and two state qualifying scores. She punched her ticket to her final state gymnastics meet by attaining her third qualifying score on the vault.”
Milbank achieved their third highest vault event total in school history. They were .60 points from the event record set at the state meet in 2013. Snaza led the team with a 9.20. Dani Yamaura and Madison Mathews hit personal best scores of 9.1 and 8.5, respectively. Yamaura hit her third state qualifying score in that event.
Milbank struggled slightly on the balance beam. The locals counted five falls on the day. “We will need to work on our consistency on this event in order to move to the next level of team competition,” said Coach Fraasch. Rylie Overby led the team in that event with a 7.60.
Milbank was just two-tenths of a point from breaking the floor event record set in 2016. The team’s event total of 36.20 was the third highest in school history. Snaza again led the team with a personal best and her second state qualifying score of 9.30. Aubrey Fraasch also achieved her second state qualifying score with a 9.15, and Overby earned a personal best of 8.55.
Mathews and Overby also earned personal best all-around scores of 31.70 and 29.70, respectively.
“Overall, this was a great meet to finish off the first half of our season,” expressed Coach Fraasch. “We will continue to work on adding value by increasing difficulty, event requirements, and bonus in our routines along
with adding more consistency in competition.”
Following are the complete results for Milbank from the meet:
Team scores – Milbank varsity, 129.35; Britton-Hecla varsity, 116.85; West Central varsity, 113.20; Aberdeen Central JV, 107.75; Britton-Hecla JV, 48.15; Milbank JV, 21.70.
All-Around Competition – 2. Greta Snaza, 32.75; 3. Dani Yamaura, 32.25; 4. Aubrey Fraasch, 32.15; 5. Madison Mathews, 31.70; 8. Rylie Overby, 29.70; 15. Gemma Street, 21.70.
Vault – 1. Greta Snaza, 9.20; 2. Dani Yamaura, 9.10; 5. Aubrey Fraasch, 8.50; 5. Madison Mathews, 8.50; 9. Rylie Overby, 8.40; 22. Gemma Street, 7.10.
Uneven Parallel Bars – 2. Aubrey Fraasch, 7.35; 3. Madison Mathews, 7.30; 5. Greta Snaza, 7.05; 5. Dani Yamaura, 7.05; 12. Rylie Overby, 5.20; 22. Gemma Street, 2.20.
Balance Beam – 2. Rylie Overby, 7.60; 3. Madison Mathews, 7.35; 4. Greta Snaza, 7.20; 5. Aubrey Fraasch, 7.15; 6. Dani Yamaura, 7.10; 18. Gemma Street, 6.05.
Floor Exercise – 2. Greta Snaza, 9.30; 3. Aubrey Fraasch, 9.15; 4. Dani Yamaura, 9.00; 5. Madison Mathews, 8.55; 6. Rylie Overby, 8.50; 23. Gemma Street, 6.35.