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Gymnastics: Ranked Irish slip up at Lakeville

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At times this season, Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri has talked about missed opportunities and leaving behind potential points because of falls or mistakes.

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Lately those instances of missed chances have decreased as the Irish started to put things together.

It led to the Irish vaulting into the top 10 in the coaches' association rankings. Rosemount was No. 9 with an average 142.075.

Then Tuesday came, and a day later Passeri still didn't know what to say.

"That was our lowest score in about three years," Passeri said of the 141.325-137.9 loss Tuesday at Lakeville South. "I don't know what happened. We had a lot of falls. Everyone has a meet like that sometime, but we haven't had one like that in a long time. It was ugly."

Routinely hitting the 140-point mark before, the Irish endured a slip. Late last week, Rosemount scored 141.975 to win the five-team Buffalo meet.

"We were much better on Saturday than we were on Tuesday," Passeri said. "Maybe it's a good thing. Get it out of our system now, learn from our mistakes and come back stronger."

As disappointing as Tuesday's loss was, Saturday's performance was a bright spot for the Irish coach.

"We actually put a pretty good meet together," Passeri said.

Claire Holtz had the best meet of her season. Holtz won the vault with a 9.375 and the balance beam with a 9.15. She added a second-place finish on the uneven bars with an 8.725, helping her to a 36.0 score in the all-around, good for second place.

Teammate Katie Murgic won the all-around with a 36.15. Murgic won the uneven bars with a 9.3 and the floor competition with a 9.5.

Macy Stearns was second on the balance beam with a 9.025 and second on the floor with a 9.35.

Rosemount swept the top three spots on the balance beam as Claire Judeh added an 8.975 to place third.

The Irish were hoping for more scores like that on Tuesday.

Murgic was second on the vault with an 8.9, with Judeh placing third with an 8.885.

Murgic won the uneven bars with a 9.3 and Holtz was third with an 8.875.

On the balance beam, Murgic was second with an 8.85.

The Irish helped the appearance of their season-low score with a strong floor routine. Murgic was second with a 9.425. Holtz was third with a 9.1 and Stearns had a 9.025, good for fourth.

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