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Gymnastics: Rosemount runs South Suburban record to 5-0

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Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri demonstrated how far the Irish have progressed this season while discussing a meet earlier this week against Apple Valley.

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Passeri had downplayed expectations for Rosemount heading into the season. Just over a month later, the Irish were 5-0 heading into the week.

The outlook has changed for Rosemount.

When the Irish hosted Apple Valley in a South Suburban Conference meet earlier this week, Passeri lamented the fact his squad might be shorthanded due to an illness that has hit a few of the gymnasts.

"We'll see what happens," Passeri said. "It's a bummer. You hate to lose a conference meet if kids are sick. But, you can't prevent being sick."

Passeri is proud of his team's 5-0 start and hoped the Irish could keep their momentum going. The result of Tuesday's meet was unavailable at press time. Go to www.rosemounttownpages.com for results.

Rosemount extended its undefeated conference run with 135.475-132.20 win against Lakeville South last week. Last weekend, the Irish placed second at the Apple Valley Quadrangular. Rosemount scored 136.85 points, while Apple Valley won with 137.85 points.

"They beat us by one point," Passeri said. "Another meet decided by one point. Every meet has been by one point, it's strange. In a normal year, you might have one or two that close. This year, every meet has been close."

Although Apple Valley beat the Irish last weekend at the quadrangular, Passeri didn't believe it would be a sign of what was to come in the conference dual.

"We thought we'd try a few new things because it doesn't count towards conference points or anything," Passeri said of Saturday's event. "We tried a few new things on the bar and floor and they didn't go as planned. (Tuesday) we'll play it a little safer. Go for the win."

At Apple Valley last weekend, Rosemount scored its best on the floor exercise.

Kathy Aune was second on the floor with a 9.35. Claire Holtz was fifth with a 9.0 and Kailey Askew scored an 8.95 for sixth.

Abby Nelson had a 9.0 on the balance beam, placing third. Aune was fourth with an 8.4.

Aune also placed second on the vault with an 8.9. Makaela Temte had an 8.5 for fifth place.

The effort helped Aune placed third in the all-around with a score of 34.95. Holtz tallied a 34.05 for fifth place.

Holtz had won three all-around titles in a row after winning the all-around against Lakeville South with a 34.75.

Rosemount posted its best vault score of the season, with a team total of 35.025. Askew was first with a 9.0, followed by Holtz in second with an 8.95 and Aune's 8.775 was good for third.

Holtz scored an 8.4 on the uneven bars for third, before winning the beam competition with an 8.5. Nelson was second with an 8.2.

Aune won the floor competition, scoring a 9.15. Holtz was second with an 8.9 and Askew was third with an 8.8. Nelson had an 8.775 for fifth.

"We had falls and it was a tough meet, but we ended up winning," Passeri said. "It's fun to say we're five meets into the conference and still undefeated."

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