Hannah Brown and Macyn Dunnihoo punched their tickets to the 2023 South Dakota State Gymnastics Meet set for February 11 in Aberdeen. The two Milbank Area gymnasts earned their state berths during the NEC, regional, and state-qualifying meet hosted by Milbank on Thursday, February 2. Milbank placed third in the NEC and fifth in the region.
The scores at the regional meet determine who advances to state. The Lady Bulldogs came up short as a team, but Brown and Dunnihoo won spots on Individual Day in multiple events. Brown will perform on the vault, bars, beam, floor, and all-around. Dunnihoo will compete on the bars, beam, and floor.
Kelly Wollschlager, head coach for MHS, commented, “The team had a wonderful last meet of the season and posted multiple personal bests and season highs. That Included beating the season team score by over two points for a score of 123.325. Their vault, bars, and beam totals also were season highs: vault – 33.025, bars – 27.325, and beam – 29.7.”
“The team started out on the floor with strong routines, ” Wollschlager said, “On the vault, Hannah led the team with a beautiful half-fulland scored a personal best of 8.85. Gemma also performed a personal best vault and scored 8.25. Four no-stop, clean, bar routines from Hannah, Gemma, Macyn, and Raina, helped improve our bar total to 27.325 for a season high.
“Hannah, Macyn, and Raina also all posted personal-best bar routines,” Wollschlger added. “And Hannah and Bianca had no-fall beam routines to help the team score a season high of 29.7. This season was filled with lots of improvements, growth, and new experiences.”
Complete results for the Lady Bulldogs:
Vault: Hannah Brown 11th, 8.85; Gemma Street tied 26th, 8.25; Macyn Dunnihoo tied 30th, 8.05; Raina Untalan and Bianca Berry tied 35th, 7.875; Madilyn Sletten 39th, 7.575.
Bars: Hannah Brown 15th, 7.75; Macyn Dunnihoo 23rd, 7.4; Gemma Street 31st, 6.1; Raina Untalan tied 32nd, 6.075; Madilyn Sletten 36th, 5.5; Bianca Berry 40th, 3.6.
Beam: Hannah Brown 8th, 8.175; Macyn Dunnihoo tied 17th, 7.55; Gemma Street tied 23rd, 7.4; Raina Untalan 30th, 6.575; Madilyn Sletten 35th, 6.275; Bianca Berry tied 36th, 6.05.
Floor: Hannah Brown 7th, 8.925; Macyn Dunnihoo tied 11th, 8.55; Raina Untalan 27th, 7.925; Madilyn Sletten 28th, 7.875; Gemma Street 32nd, 7.55; Bianca Berry tied 34th, 7.25
All-Around: Hannah Brown 7th, 33.7; Macyn Dunnihoo tied 16th, 31.55; Gemma Street 23rd, 29.3; Raina Untalan 25th, 28.45; Madilyn Sletten 27th, 27.225; Bianca Berry 30th, 24.775
What’s next for the Lady bulldogs? The 2023 State Gymnastics Meet Individual Day is Saturday February 11. Opening Ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. at Aberdeen Central High School.