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Fites finishes fifth on bars at state meet

Aberdeen Central’s Maggie Fites works on the lower bar at the Hub City Invitational earlier this season in the Golden Eagles Arena. Fites broke her own record and finished fifth in the event at the State Gymnastics Meet in Mitchell on Saturday. She was also 10th in all-around. Photo by John Davis taken 12/11/2021

MITCHELL – It was a big finish for Mary Fites at the State Gymnastics Meet at the Corn Palace on Saturday.

The Aberdeen Central sophomore broke her own school record on the bars on the way to a fifth place finish in Class AA. She also earned All-Tournament honors by finishing 10th in the all-around.

Fites had a score of 9.417 on the bars, topping a mark of 9.4 that she established this past December.

It was also a memorable day for Fites on the vault where she took 12th.

“Maggie was able to perform and stick her pike tsukahara,” said Central coach Mickey Everson. “Because of the danger of this vault, we agreed we wanted it to be 95 percent perfect in practice consistently before she competed it.”

Ashlyn Beyer was 10th on the beam for the Golden Eagles.

“Ashlyn nailed her routine and got a 9.2,” Everson said of her lone senior.

It was an emotional time when Beyer finished her final floor exercise routine.

“Floor was flawless and the energy the girls put into it was awesome,” Everson said. “It being Ashlyn’s last floor routine of her career hit us when she walked off the floor. That’s always the hardest thing to do.”

Everson pointed out the effort of Masyn Schutter on the beam.

“Masyn had an ankle brace that came undone mid-routine,” Everson said. “As if beam wasn’t hard enough without a strap flapping under your foot.”

Central also received a solid performance by Johanna Jarrott in the vault.

“Sometimes it’s hard to embrace one event, but she practiced very hard to get it where it was today,” Everson said. “Her best vaults all season were when we needed it.”

Overall, the Eagles wrapped up their year with a memorable state meet.

“We culminated our season on a high note,” Everson said, “and I could not be prouder of this team of athletes.”

To see complete Class AA results, click on the following link:

Deuel’s Paige Simon had a big day in the Class A portion of the meet. She won the bars and the beam, was second in floor and third on the vault on the way to winning the all-around.

Aubrey Fraasch of Milbank Area was second on the beam and finished ninth in all-around.

Maggie Kilker of Britton-Hecla took eighth on the beam.

Britton-Hecla’s Maggie Kilker lines up to do a forward roll on the beam Saturday at the Hub City Invitational in the Golden Eagles Arena. Photo by John Davis taken 12/11/2021

To see complete Class A results, click on the following link:

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