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Gymnastics: Gymnasts 3rd at section meet

There was no reversal of fortune for the Rosemount gymnastics team at this year's section meet.

The Irish entered last year as the favorite, and missed out on the team title. They entered this season's Class 2A, Section 3 meet the third-highest ranked team.

Rosemount coach Jason Passeri and his squad were hoping there would be another turnaround.

But this season's results fell right in line with the rankings -- which left the Irish finishing their team season at sections.

"That's where we were expected to finish," Passeri said. "It went according to the rankings, so you can't complain."

Rosemount scored a 143.275. Woodbury won the team title with a 148.075. Eagan was second with 146.95. All three teams were ranked in the state's top 10.

"We didn't do as well on vault as we normally do," Passeri said. "Woodbury hit everything. They didn't miss on any event. They nailed the vault. They nailed all of their bars. They deserved to win that meet.

"It sounds strange but its easier to lose by five points than three tenths of a point. Even if we hit everything, we aren't getting a 148. Maybe a 146, 146.5 if we competed the best we possibly could. We're happy with a third-place finish."

And Rosemount is also happy to advance two individuals to this week's state meet.

The top four finishers in each event advance. That put Katie Murgic and Katrina Clayton into the state meet.

Murgic won the balance beam competition with a score of 9.675, while Clayton was second with a 9.55.

Murgic was also fourth on the floor exercise with a 9.55, and fourth in the all-around, scoring a 37.025.

Clayton added a third-place finish in the uneven bars with a score of 9.4

"There are 20 individual spots and we grabbed five of the 20," Passeri said. "The toughest was Tara Gottschling. She's a senior on our team and she was in fifth place. The fifth spot is the worst spot to finish."

Finishing behind Murgic on the floor, Gottschling scored a 9.475, to place fifth in floor at sections, just missing out on a trip to state.

Gottschling added a score of 9.05 on the vault, placing her 14th out of 45 entrants, and 8.25 on the bars.

Clayton just missed out in the all-around, scoring a 36.975. In addition to her state meet qualifying performances on beam and bars, she tallied an 8.9 on vault and 9.125 on floor.

Kathy Aune scored an 8.8 to place 18th on vault for the Irish. Macy Stearns had an 8.8 on the floor.

At this week's state meet at the University of Minnesota, Clayton will compete individually in the balance beam and uneven bars. Murgic will compete in all events toward her all-around score, but only has the chance to medal in the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise.