Gymnastics: Askew, Nelson compete at state gymnastics meet
Rosemount coach Jason Passeri wasn't surprised that some nervousness affected his gymnasts at last Saturday's Class 2A State Gymnastics Meet.
Sophomore Kailey Askew and eighth-grader Abby Nelson both failed to match their section scores while competing for the first time at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
"It's a different experience being at the state meet. Abby stayed on the beam, but she had some wobbles that she normally doesn't," Passeri said. "Kaylie, I've never seen her nervous but she was.... The girls didn't place as high as they want to, but they had fun. It was a good first experience for them."
Nelson placed 14th out of 31 competitors in the balance beam with a score of 8.875.
"She was only one-tenth of a point away from the top 10 and three-tenths from the top six, which is pretty impressive for an eighth-grader," Passeri said. "I was pretty proud of her."
Askew came in 24th out of 32 in the uneven bars with a score of 8.6.
"She had a good routine, but just messed up her release move," Passeri said. "That cost her at least half a point. Hopefully this experience will motivate both of them to be back next year."