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Team scores approach 140 in a pair of victories

Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri isn't usually one to temper expectations.

If the coach knows the Irish are capable of doing something significant, he tends to share that opinion.

Heading into the season, Passeri said his team has the talent to surpass the magic 140-point threshold. Yet, he felt Rosemount would likely fall in the middle 130-point range.

Two meets into the season, the Irish have been on the high side of the 130-point range, and those performances proved to Passeri his gymnasts would be hitting the higher marks.

Maybe even sooner rather than later.

"To go 138 in the first two meets, and we haven't come close to putting it all together, is good," Passeri said. "You're not happy with the results when you fall so many times on events. On the other hand, it's just our second meet and there is a lot of room for improvement. There's no reason this can't be a 140-point team soon.

"You always have the unexpected. We've had a couple of girls step up."

The Irish scored 138.7 team points at the Simley invitational to take first place out of six teams. They followed it with a 138.325-135.075 win at Apple Valley on Tuesday.

"It was a little shaky," Passeri said of Tuesday's performance. "We still won, though. We had probably our lowest score in about three or four years on the bars and floor."

Passeri wasn't expecting the trouble during the floor exercise, but the Irish made up for it on the vault and balance beam.

On the vault, Katie Murgic took first place with a 9.175. Claire Holtz was second with a 9.1 and Kathy Aune was fifth with an 8.75.

Murgic won the balance beam competition with a score of 9.2. Holtz scored a 9.05 to place third, and Lindsey Weisensel was fourth with an 8.875.

Murgic won the floor exercise with a 9.525.

"To get a 9.5 this early in the year is a huge score," Passeri said.

Claire Judeh added a 9.1 for a third-place finish.

Murgic also was the top all-around with a combined 36.175. Holtz finished with a 35.5 for fourth place.

"I was thinking that our biggest concern would be bars and it's still our concern," Passeri said. "To get a 31.9, our JV used to score that. We really need to step up on bars to compete with the better teams. The thing that really surprised me was the beam. I thought we were strongest on floor and we struggle on the floor and bars. But we were very good on vault and beam to make up for it."

At the Simley meet, Murgic won the all-around with a 35.6. Judeh was fourth with a 33.6 and Holtz was fifth with a 33.4.

Murgic won the vault and floor competitions while placing second on the uneven bars.

Weisensel was fourth on the beam and seventh on the floor.

Macy Stearns was third on the beam, and Aune was sixth on the floor.