Dickinson's gymnastic varsity team win at home

Feb. 2—DICKINSON — As the Western Dakota Association regular season winds down, only a few more weeks of regular season competition remains. On Saturday, at The Dickinson High School gymnasium, the Midgets played host and took full advantage of their hometown support to win the team competition.

It would not come without drama and an unfortunate injury, when Addison Fitterer, defending state champion in the beam, suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury on her uneven bars dismount.

Fitterer was forced to withdraw from the final two events due to her injury. This was evident in Century's first-place finish in the beam competition and second-place finish in the floor competition.

After the meet, DHS head gymnastics coach Casey Berry spoke to her gymnasts about the importance of always being present in both practice and in competitions.

"We were just talking about how we had a good meet and how we need to keep focus. Keep ourselves present in all of our turns and our conditioning," she said.

Dickinson won the event with a team score of 149.9, followed by Century recording a score of 145.25. Legacy High School (136.775) took bronze and placed fourth and fifth were Mandan High School (132.050) and Bismarck High School (94.775), respectively.

A large part of the Midgets' success came from Elizabeth Karsky, Rylee Olson, and Brooklyn Wariner, taking gold, silver, and bronze, respectively in the all-around.

Karsky had strong performances in both her vault and bars routines, scoring 9.6 and 9.8, respectively, and ranking first in both.

Olson finished second with an all-around score of 37.575 and took gold in the floor event, scoring 9.5.

Century's Jenna Jackson finished second in floor, with a score of 9.450, followed by several Midgets gymnasts.

Wariner not only took third place with an all-around score of 36.750, but also achieved a personal best. Wariner's strongest event was the uneven bars, where she ranked third with a 9.5.

Reygan Strommen took fifth in the all-around, but had several notable achievements, including second place in both vault and bars, with scores of 9.350 and 9.6, respectively, and third place in floor with a 9.4. Her overall score was hurt by a fall on the beam, which earned her a rating of 8.05.

Dickinson also featured Anna Clifton, who finished 13th in the all-around competition. Although this ranking may not seem glamorous, it is a positive outcome for the junior who has been out for a year-long injury.

"Liz had a great meet. Her 9.8 on bars was awesome and she got a 38 [all-around ]and was the first time she broke a 38 this year," Berry said. "Anna is a junior. She has been out with an injury for the year, so this was the first time she got back in the all-around... She is a four time all-around qualifier, so it is really nice to have her back."

Team totals

1. Dickinson, 149.900; 2. Century, 145.250; 3. Legacy, 136.775; 4. Mandan, 132.050; 5. Bismarck High, 94.775

All-Around: Elizabeth Karsky, Dickinson, 38.075