Irish gymnasts top Eden Prairie
Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri finally got his wish last week, and it might be proving the longtime coach correct in his assumptions.
Last week, Passeri said he was waiting for the Irish to put together their first complete meet. He was, "waiting for a big meet to happen."
A day later, Rosemount did just that in a 143.4-140.35 win against Farmington.
Passeri also believed that if the Irish were able to hit a "big meet" it would lead to more confidence and better results going forward. On Tuesday, Rosemount beat Eden Prairie, who was ranked ahead of the Irish at the time.
"We finally hit everything against Farmington," Passeri said. "They were excited to finally put it together. The girls were excited to have such a successful meet."
The Irish even earned the 138.55-138.525 win against Eden Prairie despite being shorthanded. Claire Judeh, one of Rosemount's top scorers, missed the meet.
After topping the Eagles in several invitational meets over the past few seasons, the Irish earned their first Lake Conference dual meet victory against Eden Prairie in the 13 years with Passeri as coach.
"The judges stuck around and recalculated all the score to make sure it was right," Passeri said. "I was a little nervous. What if they found a mistake? They had a full team and we were missing one, so it was a pretty good upset. It was fun to beat them."
Rosemount scored a season-low 34.975 on the vault. Claire Holtz was second with a 9.225 and Katie Murgic was fourth with an 8.95.
Murgic earned a tie for first on the uneven bars with a 9.075. Holtz was third with an 8.625.
The Irish trailed by almost a full point after two events.
"It wasn't looking too good," Passeri said.
Murgic won the balance beam with a 9.5, beating Eden Prairie's Lexi Smith, who scored a 9.2. Smith topped Murgic on the event in last year's state meet.
Macy Stearns started the final routine, the floor exercise, with an 8.8 for fifth place. Holtz scored a 9.0 to place fourth and Murgic had a 9.325 to win the event as Rosemount came from behind.
Murgic was second in the all around with a 36.85. Smith had a 36.95. The two are both in the top five in the all-around on the state's average rankings so far this season.
Holtz was third in the all-around with a 35.25
At last week's meet against Farmington, Murgic won the all-around with a 37.15, one of the top scores in the state this season. She won the uneven bars with a 9.5 and the floor exercise with a 9.65.
Holtz won the vault with a 9.25. Murgic was second with a 9.0. Judeh also posted a 9.0 for third.
Lindsey Weisensel scored a 9.15 on the beam to win the event for the Irish.
Holtz was second on the floor with a 9.25.