BISMARCK - The Minot High gymnastics team fell 0.8 points shy of its fifth state title in six years, instead placing second behind defending champion Dickinson at the state meet Friday at Century High School.
The Midgets finished with 146.733 points and Minot had 145.933.
The silver lining for the Majettes? They return their entire roster while Dickinson will graduate two key contributors.
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Minot High sophomore Hannah Werchau leaps on balance beam Friday during the state meet at Century High School.
Minot coach Robbie Werchau is more focused on today's individual portion of the state meet rather than her team's high potential for 2015.
"We want to make it through tomorrow, too," she said. "We don't want to think about next year just yet. We are excited about the fact that we don't lose anybody, but we're taking it one day at a time right now."
Junior Madison Reiter and sophomore Hannah Werchau are top contenders for the all-around title today. Reiter finished third in all-around in the team competition with 37.450 points - including a winning score of 9.683 in the floor exercise - and Werchau took seventh with 36.517.
The Majettes placed second behind Dickinson at the Kim Lupo Memorial on Feb. 7, but won the West Region meet last weekend, setting up Friday's showdown.
Minot stumbled out of the gates, scoring 35.433 points on the uneven parallel bars. Dickinson later posted a 36.200 in that event. The Majettes and Midgets held mostly even in the other three events.
"We kind of had a rough start," Robbie Werchau said. "We had some catching up to do and we just couldn't quite do it today."
Heading into the final event, floor, Minot trailed by 0.434 points -within striking distance, but with plenty of work to do. Dickinson's four point-earners each finished with 9.000 or better, making it nearly impossible for the Majettes to catch up. Minot had 37.150 in that event to Dickinson's stellar 37.517.
"Our girls honestly just weren't as crisp today," Werchau said. "They didn't necessarily hit all their routines.
"But all in all, they never stopped competing and it still came down to the last event. We were behind, but we were in range going into the last event. I think that says a lot about our girls."
Notes: Century placed third in the team competiton with 141.600 points followed by Bismarck (140.117) and Jamestown (136.517) in the top five. ... Minot's Stephanie Huether had 35.683 points and Jenna Breuer 35.617 in the all-around portion to finish ninth and 10th, respectively. ...Today's individual competition begins at 1 p.m.
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