Gymnasts looking to put together complete effort
Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri hasn't quite been able to figure out the troubles for the Irish.
Passeri has wondered at times why his gymnasts have uncharacteristically fallen on certain events.
The coach knows the talent is in place. For his gymnasts' sake, he is just hoping for a complete performance to improve the outlook.
"I would just like the girls to put together a meet," Passeri said. "When you continually fall and you have trouble like on a beam routine, it gets to be contagious and now it's in everyone's mind that they are going to fall. They go in with a negative attitude. We need to change that into a positive attitude and start sticking some of these routines.
"We haven't come close to our potential through five meets. Last year we had a couple of warmups and then we were hitting big.
"We're kind of waiting for a big meet to happen. It's been frustrating, not so much not to win or lose, but the inconsistencies. We're a lot better than we've performed."
Last week, the Irish hosted their first meet of the season and lost, 140.4-138.425, to Lakeville North. Again, unexpected falls led to a disappointing result.
On the vault, Katie Murgic had a fall, but still scored a 9.05 to place third. Claire Judeh finished fourth with an 8.975.
Claire Holtz placed second on the uneven bars with an 8.75.
Lindsey Weisensel scored an 8.325 on the balance beam to place third. Murgic was fifth with an 8.275.
Yet, when the Irish can stick their routines they display their potential.
On the floor exercise last week, Rosemount hit for a combined 36.8, a season high.
Murgic was the champion on the floor with a 9.575.
Judeh had a personal-best 9.45 to place second. Macy Stearns was fourth with a 9.15.
Despite the early inconsistency, the Irish are still among the state's best. In the recent rankings, Rosemount's average of 139.225 is good for 11th in the state and only two tenths out of 10th place.
The Irish host Eden Prairie on Jan. 5.