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Eastern Montana Gymnastics
Watford City Meet, March 8, 2020
The Eastern Montana Gymnastics Team finished their regular season at the NoDak Northern Lights
Gymnastics Meet in Watford City on March 8. Both the Silver and Gold teams placed fourth in the team
competition, out of seven and five teams, respectively. Each of the EMG Gold gymnasts won event first
in their age groups, with Lina Smith, of Richey, winning uneven bars and balance beam; Jillian
Deserly, of Wolf Point, winning vault; and Shelica Deserly, of Wolf Point, with a tie win on floor. Silver
gymnast Ava Hove, of Circle, added a first place on bars. Gyms attending the meet came from Fargo
(2 teams), Mandan, Minot, Grand Forks, Williston, Bismarck, Dickinson, Ray, Jamestown, Valley City,
Watford City, Glendive, Miles City, Sidney, Billings, Circle and Sturgis, SD.
The three EMG Gold gymnasts competed in the mid- morning session at the Rough Rider Center.
Besides winning the bars and beam, Lina was second for her all- around score, out of the eight
gymnasts in the Gold B age group. Besides her first place on vault, Jill was third on balance beam,
fourth on floor and third for her all- around score, out of 7 gymnasts in the Gold D age
group. Shelica captured second place for her all-around in the same age group and was third on
vault, second on bars and fifth on beam besides her first place tie on floor.
Seven EMG gymnasts competed in the afternoon session and, although missing two gymnasts,
made a great showing for the small Circle gym. Besides her first
place on bars, Ava was fourth on balance beam and tied for third for all-around, out of the nine Silver A
gymnasts. Kate Nasner, of Wolf Point, was the only EMG gymnast who placed in the top half of every
event. Competing in the Silver B age group of eight gymnasts, she had third places for her all-around,
vault, bars and
beam and a fourth place on floor. Ashlynn Johannessen, of Wolf Point, competed in the same age
group and earned second place on floor, third place on beam and fourth place on vault and all-
around. Nomi Deserly, of Wolf Point, added a fourth place finish on the beam. DaRae Deserly, of Wolf
Point, competed in the Silver C age group of seven gymnasts, and was fourth on floor and fifth for her
bars. Abbey Gibbs, of Circle, had third places on bars and beam and fourth places for floor and all-
around, out of the eight gymnasts in Silver E. Sister Ali Gibbs was fifth on beam and floor, out of eight
gymnasts in Silver D.
Gold scores (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around): Lina Smith (8.275, 8.9, 9.0, 8.9, 35.075), Shelica
Deserly (8.7, 8.65, 8.0, 9.2, 34.55), Jill Deserly (9.05, 7.9, 8.225, 9.025, 34.2).
Silver scores: Ava Hove (8.85, 9.35, 9.025, 8.9, 36.125), Kate Nasner (9.05, 9.025, 8.75, 9.1, 35.925),
Ashlynn Johannessen (8.9, 8.5, 8.75, 9.4, 35.55), Abbey Gibbs (8.85, 8.6, 8.7, 9.05, 35.2), DaRae
Deserly (8.5, 8.15, 8.475, 9.1, 34.225), Ali Gibbs (8.7, 8.2, 8.425, 8.9, 34.225), Nomi Deserly (8.6, 7.4,
8.675, 8.7, 33.375)
Eleven gymnasts from Circle’s Eastern Montana Gymnastics attended the Winter Escape meet in
Jamestown, ND on February 23. The Silver Team tied for second place, while the Gold Team placed a
respectable fourth place, out of six team in both meets. Earning first-place event medals were Lina
Smith, of Richey; Shelica Deserly, of Wolf Point; Lily Beery (with two) and Ava Hove, both of Circle. Lily
also won another medal with her third consecutive first-place all-around finish of the season. Four
special awards were awarded in each session by the judges and Lina and Ava each won one. Lina
won the “Most Graceful Beam Routine” award, out of all 49 Gold and 34 Level 5 gymnasts and Ava
won the “Most Fantastic Floor Routine” award, out of 50 Silver gymnasts. Over 500 gymnasts attended
the meet and were from gyms in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Jamestown, Dickinson, Mandan, Watford
City, Valley City, Carrington, Glendive, Ray, Wahpeton, Minot, two gyms from Fargo and two gyms from
Minnesota. All first-place finishers in each event and all-around in each age group were awarded
medals, with the rest of the top half receiving ribbons.
In the Silver Level, eight gymnasts competed for EMG. Lily and Ava were joined in the Junior A age
group of eleven gymnasts, by Wolf Point gymnasts Kate Nasner, Ashlynn Johannessen and Nomi
Deserly. Lily’s first place finishes were on vault and bars and were not only first in her age group, but
her bar routine score of 9.6 was the top bar routine out of all fifty Silver gymnasts and her vault score of
9.375 was tied for first out of all silver gymnasts. In her age group, Lily was also third for her balance
beam and floor. Kate was not far behind, with a third-place all-around finish and second on vault,
fourth on beam and fifth on floor. Ava’s floor routine of 9.525 was also the top Silver score, out of the
fifty gymnasts. She also was third on vault in her age group, while Ashlynn was second on floor and
Nomi was seventh on beam. DaRae Deserly, of Wolf Point, competed in the Junior B age group and
was second on floor and fifth on bars, out of ten gymnasts. Ali Gibbs, of Circle, competed in the Senior
A age group of eleven gymnasts, while her sister Abbey Gibbs competed in the Senior B age group of
eight gymnasts. In only their second competitive meet, Abbey was third on floor, fourth on beam and
fifth for her all-around.
In the Gold level, Lina competed in the Junior B age group of nine gymnasts, where she also finished
in third place for her all-around. Her 9.2 beam routine was the highest scoring beam routine in the
entire session of 83 gymnasts. Her teammates, Shelica Deserly and Jill Deserly, both of Wolf Point,
competed in the Senior B age group of eight gymnasts. On vault, Shelica was first and Jill was
second. Shelica also was second on floor and all-around and third on beam. Jill also earned fourth
places on balance beam, floor and all-around.
Silver scores (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around): Lily Beery (9.375, 9.6, 9.1, 9.125, 37.2), Kate
Nasner (9.025, 9.0, 9.075, 8.975, 36.075), Ava Hove (9.0, 9.0, 7.85, 9.525, 35.375), DaRae Deserly
(8.85, 9.2, 8.2, 9.025, 35.275), Ashlynn Johannessen (8.6, 8.8, 8.3, 9.25, 34.95), Abbey Gibbs (8.5,
8.75, 8.775, 8.9, 34.925), Ali Gibbs (8.5, 8.15, 8.6, 8.55, 33.8), Nomi Deserly (8.7, 8.1, 8.325, 7.925,
Gold scores: Lina Smith (8.2, 8.9, 9.2, 8.9, 35.2), Shelica
Deserly (8.95, 7.5, 8.45, 8.925, 33.825), Jill Deserly (8.75, 8.0,
8.175, 8.35, 33.275).
GREAT FALLS 2/8/20
Only five gymnasts from Eastern Montana Gymnastics competed at the Rocky Mountain Cup in Greats
Falls on February 8 but the girls still managed to come away with several top awards. Out of the 38
gymnasts in all age groups in the Xcel Silver competition, Lily Beery, of Circle, had the first place
balance beam routine with her score of 9.65 and was tied for the first place vault with a score of 9.45.
She and her sister Ella, an Xcel Bronze gymnast, each won first place for their all-around scores in
their age groups and each had two first place event finishes in their age groups, while Ava Hove, of
Circle, also had a first place age-group finish. Gyms from Great Falls, Missoula, Hamilton, Glendive,
Livingston and Billings competed at the meet. Medals were given for Top Five all-around finishes in
each age group and ribbons were awarded in each event to all gymnasts according to their scores.
The four EMG Silver gymnasts competed in the younger age group of ten gymnasts. Besides her first
places for all-around, vault and beam, Lily was second on bars and floor. Ava’s first place was for her
floor routine and was fifth on bars and third for her all-around. Kate Nasner, of Wolf Point, was tied for
second on beam, was third on vault, fifth on floor and was fourth for her all-around. Ashlynn
Johanessen was tied for fourth for her vault and was fourth for her floor.
Ella Beery competed in the youngest Bronze age group of five gymnasts. Besides her first place all-
around, she was first on vault and bars and tied for second on floor.
Silver scores (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around): Lily Beery (9.45, 9.05, 9.65, 8.9, 37.05), Ava Hove
(8.9, 8.75, 8.65, 9.0, 35.3), Kate Nasner (9.05, 8.65, 9.05, 8.45, 35.2), Ashlynn Johannessen (8.95,
8.25, 8.55, 8.6, 34.35).
Bronze scores: Ella Beery (8.6, 8.6 8.45, 8.5, 34.15).
The Eastern Montana Gymnastics Team continued their winning ways at the Starstruck Meet in
Mandan on January 25. All twelve girls competed for the Circle gym and came away with two team first-
places trophies, three first-place all-around awards and eleven first-place event finishes in the Xcel
program of USA Gymnastics. The Xcel program gives awards to the top half of each age group and
every EMG gymnast won an award, whether a medal for first, second or third place or a ribbon award
for the other places. Also, every EMG gymnast improved their score by several points from their last
Since the top three scores count for each team score, the three Gold Level EMG gymnasts used every
one of their scores to win first place over the Dickinson team of five gymnasts, a great achievement,
especially by margin of 3.85 points. Shelica Deserly, of Wolf Point, led her team with first places on
vault, balance beam and all-around and second places on uneven bars and floor, in the older age
group of six gymnasts. Jill Deserly, of Wolf Point, and Lina Smith, of Richey, competed in the younger
age group of four gymnasts. Jill was first on vault, bars, beam and all-around and second on floor.
Lina earned a first on floor and was second on bars, beam and her all-around.
Eight girls competed for the first-place Silver Team, beating the second place Dickinson team by 3.45
points. Six of the EMG girls competed against each other in the middle age group. Lily Beery, of Circle,
took the first places in vault, bars, beam and all-around, coming in second on floor to Ava Hove, of
Circle. Ava also was second on vault, beam and her all-around and was fourth on bars. DaRae
Deserly, of Wolf Point, was second on bars and had third places on beam and all-around. She was
tied for third on vault with Ashlynn Johannessen and Kate Nasner, both of Wolf Point. Ashlynn was
third on floor and fourth for her all-around. Nomi Deserly, of Wolf Point, was third on bars and fourth on
floor. Kate also added a fourth place on beam.
Also competing for the Silver Team were Ali and Abbey Gibbs, of Circle, and it was their first
competitive meet since starting gymnastics only a few months ago. They both competed in the older
age group of nine gymnasts and had some great routines for their first meet. Ali had the first place
beam routine and was also fourth for her all-around and fifth on floor. Abby was fourth on bars and
was tied for sixth on vault and floor.
EMG’s Bronze gymnast Ella Beery competed in the younger age group of four gymnasts and was
awarded two medals for her second place on vault and tie for second place on floor.
Gold scores (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around): Shelica Deserly (8.9, 8.7, 9.3, 9.0, 35.9), Jill Deserly
(8.7, 8.4, 9.0, 8.85, 34.95), Lina Smith (7.8, 8.0, 8.8, 8.9, 33.5).
Silver scores: Lily Beery (9.0, 9.3, 9.4, 9.1, 36.8), Ava Hove (8.95, 8.6, 9.2, 9.2, 35.95), DaRae Deserly
(8.9, 9.05, 9.15, 8.45, 35.55), Ashlynn Johannessen (8.9, 8.35, 8.5, 8.8, 34.55), Ali Gibbs (8.7, 8.25,
9.0, 8.55, 34.5), Nomi Deserly (8.8, 8.95, 7.9, 8.75, 34.4), Kate Nasner (8.9, 8.2, 8.6, 8.6, 34.3), Abbey
Gibbs (8.75, 8.5, 7.8, 8.5, 33.55).
Bronze scores: Ella Beery (8.95, 8.6, 7.3, 9.0, 33.85).
DICKINSON, ND 12/8/19
The Eastern Montana Gymnastics Team earned a first place team trophy and three first place event
finishes in their first meet of the season. Ten EMG gymnasts competed at the annual Milo Dullum
Gymnastics Meet on December 8 at the Dickinson High School. The Silver Level Team tied for first
place with Dickinson Gymnastics, with each team scoring 102 points. A team’s top three scores on
each event make up the team score and a tie between team scores is fairly unusual. Silver gymnast
Lily Beery, of Circle, won the top award on both balance beam and floor exercise in her age group
while Gold gymnast Lina Smith, of Richey, won the top beam award in her age group.
This year the EMG gymnasts are competing in the Xcel program of USA Gymnastics rather than the
Junior Olympic Program that the Circle gym has competed in for the past 16 years. The Xcel program
is fairly new and the main difference is that the routines are not the compulsory routines made up by
USA Gymnastics for each level but, instead, are personalized routines choreographed by the coaches
with skills for each gymnast chosen from different USA Gymnastics requirements for each level.
Levels in the Xcel program run from Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond rather than the
Levels 1-10 of the Junior Olympic Program.
Six EMG girls competed for the first place Silver Team in the younger Group B age group of seven
gymnasts. Two gymnasts, Lily Beery and Nomi Deserly, of Wolf Point, were Level 3 gymnasts last
year while four of the EMG gymnasts are in their first year with the team. Circle’s Ava Hove and Wolf
Point’s Kate Nasner, DaRae Deserly and Ashlynn Johannessen all did very well for their first meet.
Lily, besides her two first places, was also third on bars and second for her all-around score. Ava was
second on vault and bars, fifth on beam and was third for her all-around score. Kate had fourth places
on vault, bars and all-around and was third on beam. Nomi added a third place on vault and a tie for
third on floor. Ashlynn was second on floor and fifth on vault and bars and DaRae was fourth on
beam and fifth on floor and all-around.
Ella Beery, of Circle, was the only EMG gymnast in the Bronze level and also did very well for her first
meet. Out of the eleven gymnasts in her Group B age level (where she was probably the youngest)
she had her best finishes on balance beam where she was tied for seventh and on vault, floor and all-
around, where she was eighth.
In the Gold Level, Lina was joined by Jill Deserly and Shelica Deserly, both of Wolf Point. All three girls
have been on the EMG Team for several years and last year competed in Level 4. They all scored over
the required 31 points to enable them to move to the Platinum Level sometime in the future. (The
Bronze and Silver Levels have no required score but are moved on coach’s recommendation.) Lina
competed in the younger B age group, with six gymnasts, and besides her first place on beam, was
fourth on uneven bars and for her all-around. Jill and Shelica were in the older A age group of eight
gymnasts. Jill was fourth on vault, floor and all-around while Shelica was third on vault and uneven
Silver scores (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around): Lily Beery (8.1, 8.6, 7.1, 8.2, 34.5), Ava Hove (8.8,
8.65, 7.1, 8.0, 32.55), Kate Nasner (8.25, 8.05, 8.3, 7.9, 32.5), DaRae Deserly (8.0, 7.9, 8.0, 8.2, 32.1),
Ashlynn Johannessen (8.2, 8.0, 6.9, 8.7, 31.8), Nomi Deserly (8.55, 6.7, 6.15, 8.3, 29.7).
Bronze scores: Ella Beery (7.8, 7.8, 7.85, 8.0, 31.45).
Gold scores: Lina Smith (8.4, 7.0, 8.5, 8.8, 32.7), Jill Deserly (8.5, 6.6, 8.8, 8.75, 32.65), Shelica
Deserly (8.75, 7.25, 7.15, 8.35, 31.5).