Gymnastics: Murgic headed back to state in all-around, floor
Heading into the Class 1A, Section 3 championships last week, the Rosemount gymnastics team had high hopes.
The Irish also knew the going would be tough in a section that includes seven teams ranked in the state's top 25. The section included No. 5 Lakeville North and No. 6 Eagan.
After Rosemount finished fourth with a score of 141.225, the team finish wasn't weighing heavily on coach Jason Passeri's mind. The individual finishes concerned him more.
"I thought the girls did alright," Passeri said. "The section is just so tough. We really wish we could have gotten more individuals on to state. There are just so many good kids. It's tough."
Lakeville North won the team competition. Rosemount's Katie Murgic advanced individually in the all-around and floor exercise.
"Going into the awards, she thought she had missed it," Passeri said of Murgic. "She was pretty bummed. But it was great when we found out.
"It's always disappointing when you don't win, but we did pretty well."
Murgic scored a 36.425 in the all-around to place fourth. The top four finishers in each event advance to today's state meet. Murgic also scored a 9.45 on the floor exercise, placing third.
"We were the first team up on the floor," Passeri said. "So, when she had a 9.45 it was hard to wait through the other teams. Personally, I think she had the best floor routine. But there were a lot of other routines and the judges can forget what they saw two hours ago."
The senior returns to the state meet. She narrowly missed advancing this year in the vault. She scored a 9.25 to place fifth. The fourth-place score was a 9.275. She scored an 8.875 on the uneven bars and 8.85 on the balance beam.
The floor exercise was a strong event for all of the Irish. Rosemount posted the second-best team score on the floor with a 36.35. Claire Holtz scored a 9.15, placing her 15th. Kathy Aune was also top-20 with a 9.1.
Holtz was 12th on the vault with a 9.0.
On the balance beam, Macy Stearns scored an 8.95 to place 10th. Lindsey Weisensel scored an 8.8, good for 13th.
Holtz finished with an 8.8 on the uneven bars.