The Milbank gymnastics team took sixth place with 128.825 points at the Watertown Invitational on January 20. Due to a variety of challenges — illness, injury, and inclement weather — it was the first time since December 21 the Lady Bulldogs were able to field a full team and be eligible for a team score. They jumped back in like ducks to water!
Coach Amber Fraasch said, “We started the meet with a great beam set. The gymnasts were nervous, but handled it with experience and determination. They were rewarded with an event score of 34.100 — the fourth-highest beam score in school history!”
Hannah Brown started them out with a cleanly executed routine. Even with a fall, the difficulty and execution of the rest of her routine resulted in a personal best score of 8.275. Rylie Overby followed Hannah with a no-fall routine and was awarded with an 8.10, just .05 of a point shy of her personal-best score. Aubrey Fraasch followed with a nicely executed no-fall routine for a score of 9.125 and a 10th-place finish. Dani Yamaura anchored the beam team with an 8.60. She placed 16th.
According to Coach Fraasch, the nine teams that competed are some of the top-rated teams in Class A and Class AA. Placing individually in the top 10 at this meet was a huge accomplishment.
“Our second event was the floor competition and our conditioning from being absent from the gym was the most evident here,” Coach Fraasch said. “Dani lead the team with an 8.975 to place12th. Aubrey counted a fall, but an otherwise clean routine scored her at 8.825 to place her at 16th. Rylie has been working her way back to peak performance and received a 8.325. It was her second best score of the year.” “After floor, our lower energy level became a bit more apparent on vault and bars, our final two events,” Coach Fraasch noted. “Aubrey had our highest vault score of 8.50 to place 18th and Hannah returned to the lineup with an 8.40 to place 20th. Gemma Street jumped in for Madison Mathews and performed her best vault of the year.” Aubrey led the team on bars with a 7.850 and 17th-place finish. Dani followed with a 7.275 to finish 22nd. Rylie tied her personal best score with her bar routine. Aubrey also led the team in the all-around competition with a ninth-place finish and score of 34.300. Rylie and Hannah each had strong finishes They were both very close to reaching personal best all-around scores and missed that mark by just .25 and .075 respectively.
“After just returning to the gym, this is a good sign for the rest of the season,” said Coach Fraasch. We were still missing one gymnast, and we are not quite in routine shape, but we had a solid meet to start the last stretch of our season.”