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Gymnastics: Seventh-ranked Irish down Prior Lake

Senior captain Kelly Rowe competes for the Irish during last Thursday's win over Prior Lake.

The Rosemount gymnastics team celebrated its debut at No. 7 in the Class 2A state rankings by defeating Prior Lake 138.125-129.425 in a South Suburban Conference meet last Thursday at Rosemount High School.

Rosemount finished first in all four events and Irish gymnasts finished 1-2-3 in the all-around competition. Josey Schlie set the pace with a score of 35.975 that included a first-place vault score of 9.325, a first-place uneven bars score of 8.9 and a first-place floor exercise score of 9.15.

Shannon McCoy won the balance beam with a 9.2 and placed second behind Schlie in the all-around with a score of 34.85. Abby Nelson was third in the all-around with a 33.65 that included a third-place vault score of 9.125, her first 9.0 of the season.

McCoy rounded out her effort with a fourth-place vault of 8.875 and a second-place floor routine score of 8.95.

Meghan Creese added a second-place 9.3 in the vault as the Irish came in 1-2-3-4 in the event. Rachel Schow rounded out a 1-2-3 finish in the floor exercise.

The Irish JV improved to 2-1 on the season with a season-high score of 128.1. Both teams were back in action Tuesday night at home against Bloomington Jefferson.

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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