Gymnastics: Schlie, Nelson qualify for state meet
Rosemount earned its second best score of the year, qualified two gymnasts for the state meet and placed second as a team at the Section 3AA Championships Friday night in Eagan.
The eighth-ranked Irish scored 143.45 points, just over two points off the pace of sixth-ranked Park of Cottage Grove's 145.65.
"Our score would have won five other sections, so it was a pretty good day," said Rosemount coach Jason Passeri, who guided the Irish to an 8-0 mark in the South Suburban Conference and was named section Coach of the Year for the third time.
Josey Schlie continued her sensational seventh-grade season for the Irish, qualifying for state in all four events and the all-around. Schlie was third in the vault (9.475), fourth in the uneven bars (9.0), second in the beam (9.25) and third in the floor exercise (9.625). Her all-around score of 37.35 ranked second at the eight-team meet.
"I think she'll be nervous at state, just like she was at sections, but she's been competing in big meets since she was six, so I think she'll be fine," Passeri said. "She's pretty good at controlling it. I think she has a good chance to get in the top six in the all-around and get to the medal stand."
Schlie will be joined this weekend at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion by freshman teammate Abby Nelson, who won the balance beam with a score of 9.325 and placed seventh in the all-around with a 35.475. Nelson was 14th in the event at state last year.
"Both girls have a chance to win the beam," Passeri said. "Abby is definitely hoping she can improve on last year's place."
The Irish placed multiple gymnasts in all four events at the section meet. Meghan Creese followed Schlie in the vault with a seventh-place score of 9.275 and Nelson was 10th with a 9.25.
In the uneven bars, Shannon McCoy placed seventh with an 8.7 and Kailey Askew was right behind in eighth with an 8.6.
McCoy just missed a state berth in the floor exercise with a fifth-place score of 9.575 and Jenna Schlukebier and Askew came in 9-10 with scores of 9.375 and 9.35, respectively.
Schlie, Nelson, McCoy, Creese, Schlukebier, Askew and Rachel Schow gave the Irish seven of the 20 gymnasts on the all-section team.