Minot gymnastics takes third at home meet

Sean Williams/MDN Keira Davis (left) of Minot High and head coach Robbie Werchau (right) celebrate with the team after Davis scored a 9.35 on the floor routine.

Saving the best for last, the Minot High gymnastics team was able to do something for the first time this year during their last regular season action on Friday: host a meet. As athletes gathered at the Minot Auditorium, it was more than just a meet as the Majettes celebrated Parents Night, helping honor the parents who gave incredible support to the athletes and team during the season.

Reflecting on the evening, Minot head coach Robbie Werchau shared her excitement to have those who support the team in attendance, as well as how wonderful it is for the girls.

“We get to have all the parents, fans, and everyone that wants to come see us and support us here. The girls are very excited about it,” Werchau tells The Minot Daily News.

Werchau added, “I think it’s exciting to have all the parents here. Sometimes, not all of them are able to go to the road meets.”

Before hosting on Friday, the Majettes enter the night having won two meets this year and hope to qualify for the state meet as a team. They have yet to partake in the team day competition during state, however, Werchau said the Majettes are locked into achieving that goal this year.

“Overall, as the season has gone on, the girls have become more confident, and they’ve learned new skills. They keep trying new things and wanting to learn new things, and I feel like it’s been a very successful season,” she said.

As the athletes made an exhilarating entrance to the floor through a fog machine, the nine teams that made their way to the Magic City showed off their skills in what was a fun, competitive night at the Minot Auditorium.

For Minot, not only were they successful hosts, but they had a successful showing as well. The team finished in third place with a score of 138.825. Dickinson ended the night in the top spot, finishing with a team score of 144.225.

The full team results are as follows: 1, Dickinson (144.225); 2, Century (141.000); 3, Minot (138.825); 4, Jamestown (136.250); 5, Legacy (132.025); 6, Mandan (129.200); 7, Valley City (126.175); 8, Grand Forks (124.250); 9, Northwest Stars (103.300).

On an individual level, here are the scores for Minot broken down by category:

Vault: Bailey McLeod 8.4, Haley Conklin 9.175, Gracyn Bergan 8.975, Lexi McLeod 8.3, Pavyn Peterson 8.475, Keira Davis 9.225.

Bars: Olivia Olson 8.4, Conklin 8.9, Bergan 6.875, Lexi McLeod 6.425, Peterson 7.6, Davis 8.125.

Beam: Olson 8.150, Bergan 8.25, Lexi McLeod 8.4, Peterson 8.1, Davis 8.9, Conklin 6.8.

Floor: China Ugobi 8.1, Conklin 9.2, Bergan 8.725, Lexi McLeod 8.7, Peterson 8.975, Davis 9.35.

All Around: Ugobi 8.1, Bailey McLeod 8.4, Conklin 34.075, Bergan 32.825, Lexi McLeod 31.825, Olson 16.55, Peterson 33.15, Davis 35.6.

Helping guide the Majettes to a top three finish, they utilized a strong start and finish. Werchau shared that she believes the vault was their best team score of the season, as was the floor routine.

“I thought we started out very well on vault, it was our best vault score as a team. We ended on floor, and I thought it was our best floor set of the season. Keira Davis had her best floor score of the season. Pavyn Peterson also had her best floor routine of the season, so did Lexi McLeod.”

Elaborating on the individual performances of the night, Werchau said that she is very proud of Peterson and felt like she was the most consistent competitor for Minot and remarkably, didn’t have any falls during the meet.

It wasn’t just Peterson that made Werchau proud, however, as she mentioned she was happy with the entire team’s performance. “They did well. I was really proud of the girls tonight, they were fired up and they were positive,” Werchau said.

As postseason play is set to begin, the Majettes will head to Dickinson on Friday, Feb. 17 for the Western Dakota Association (WDA) meet.

Heading into the WDA meet, the focus is to sharpen the skills the Majettes currently possess. “Within the next two weeks we are going to clean up what they have in their routines and not change anything. We want to go with what we have, clean it up and be confident.”


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