The Milbank gymnastics team traveled to Clear Lake on Saturday, January 29, for the last regular meet of their season. It was only the second time in the second half of the 2021-2022 season they were able to field a full team.
Deuel won the meet with 134.850 points. After that, the top place winners were neck and neck. Britton-Hecla was second with 130.100 points. Estelline-Hendricks was third at 129.700 to just edge out Milbank Area at 129.000.
Head coach, Amber Fraasch, said she was happy to see every gymnast back in the lineup, but she commented on how their injuries and illnesses had affected them. “We had some hit routines and personal best scores, but we also took some uncharacteristic falls and had a few missed connections resulting in lower scores.” She said it was also a good time to see those issues so they could address them before the state-qualifying meet. That meet takes place tonight, February 3, in Britton.
The Lady Bulldogs started the meet with the floor competition. Dani Yamaura, back from illness and injury, hit a solid routine to win third with a 9.250. Aubrey Fraasch took an atypical fall, but still managed to place 10th with a score of 8.800. Madison Mathews completed her first floor routine in competition in over three weeks.She scored a strong 8.800 for 12th place.
Macyn Dunnihoo, a seventh grader, performed in her first varsity meet. Coach Fraasch said, “She handled the additional pressures of the next level of competition with a smile on her face and a clean routine.” Aubrey Fraasch and Hannah Brown led the team in the vault division. Both scored an 8.550 to tie for seventh place. “Although scoring was tough,” Coach Fraasch said, it was consistent across the board.” Mathews hit her routine on the bars to tie her personal best score of 7.650 and take seventh place. Rylie Overby also earned a personal best score of 6.100. Dunihoo performed her first varsity bar routine. She scored a 5.950.
The Lady Bulldogs ended the meet with three no-fall beam routines from Yamaura, Aubrey Fraasch, and Brown. Brown led the beam team with a score of 8.150 and a fifth-place finish. Yamaura and Aubrey Fraasch tied for sixth place. Each posted a score of 7.950. Yamaura was Milbank-Area’s top scorer in the all-around competition. She recorded a score of 32.900 for a sixth-place finish. Brown had four solid routines to score a personal best of 31.700.
What’s next? The Lady Bulldogs varsity team travels to Britton tonight, February 3, for the NEC 1A Region Meet. Things get hopping at 6 p.m.
The State Team Competition is set for Friday, February 11, and the State Individual Competition follows on Saturday, February 12. Both take place at the Mitchell Corn Palace at 10 a.m.