Majettes place second at Kim Lupo Memorial

At this point, anything but a win is a tad disappointing for the Minot High gymnastics team.

In Friday’s five-team Kim Lupo Memorial at Gymagic – somewhat of a sneak preview of the West Region meet – the Majettes placed second. Not bad, but not what they’ve become accustomed to.

Minot swept the team title at each of its first six meets, but defending state champion Dickinson claimed those honors with 148.750 points. The Majettes totaled 146.625.

“We had a couple falls on beam that you just can’t have,” Minot co-coach Robbie Werchau said. “We’ve gotta be a litlte more solid, more consistent on balance beam.”

The Majettes had a top-four finisher in each event except for balance beam.

Dickinson’s Acacia Fossum took home all-around honors with 38.375 points. Minot sophomore Hannah Werchau and junior Madison Reiter had claimed the all-around title in the Majettes’ first six meets. Werchau tied for second and Reiter placed fourth. Stephanie Huether (10th) also finished in the top 10. Dickinson had three gymnasts in the top six.

“(Werchau and Reiter) just need a little bit more help from their teammates,” Robbie Werchau said. “Everybody has to do their part.”

Reiter won the floor exercise with a 9.550. Werchau placed second in that event and the uneven parallel bars.

“Maddy just has power,” Robbie Werchau said. “She’s dynamic on floor. No one can match her dynamics on floor. She’s quick, she’s fast, she can dance and can jump and can tumble.”

The Majettes are idle until the West Region meet at Dickinson on Feb. 21. Werchau hopes her team can correct its mistakes Friday and match the Midgets event for event.

“I would think this should motivate the girls a little bit,” she said. “They’re practicing hard, but you still need to be able to do it when it counts.”

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