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Irish drop nail-biter at Jefferson

After enduring a close loss, the Rosemount gymnastics team might be better off just putting things in the past.

The Irish lost 140.425-139.575 on Tuesday at Bloomington Jefferson. It was a tough loss to take. Rosemount had scored better than a depleted Jaguars squad just over a week earlier.

Tuesday's loss is the kind that can linger if the Irish let it.

"It's tough to lose when it's so close," Passeri said. "Everybody thinks about what they could have done, should have done to get a higher score. We had to keep seven falls. You take two of those away and we win the meet. Talent-wise, we think we are just as good as Jefferson. It could have gone either way. They got it this time.

"That's the way the conference looks this year. I've looked at the scores and everyone is scoring about the exact same."

It was another performance that might have left Passeri wondering what his team could accomplish this season. Despite some struggles, the Irish were less than a point away from the 140-point mark in just their third meet.

"We had a tough time on the beam," Passeri said. "We had three falls. You can't blame it on any one thing. When it's that close, you always want to look back at what could have been different."

On the beam, Macy Stearns posted the Irish's top score, placing third with an 8.9. Katie Murgic was fourth with an 8.85 and Claire Judeh was fifth with an 8.7

Murgic was second on the vault with a 9.275, while Claire Holtz and Judeh tied for fifth with a score of 8.9.

On the uneven bars, Murgic was second with an 8.9.

Rosemount earned its only first-place finish on the floor exercise as Murgic scored a 9.275. Murgic has placed first on the floor in each meet this season.

Judeh was third on the floor with a 9.0 and Holtz was fourth with an 8.8.

Those finishes led Murgic to second place in the all-around with a 36.275. Holtz scored a 34.85 to finish third in the all-around.

Rosemount travels to Eastview for the Abby Invite tomorrow. The meet is a yearly tradition for the Irish and a fundraiser for a former team member. Eight of the top 10 ranked teams in the state will participate.