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Gymnastics: Irish post second best team score vs. Eagan

After enduring one of the toughest performances in several seasons, the Rosemount gymnastics team had some time to think about its loss at Lakeville South in January.

It was two weeks before the Irish had another scheduled competition. The schedule left plenty of time to stew about the missed opportunities.

Instead, Rosemount wasted no time in getting back to some difficult practices so it would not have a repeat of the Lakeville South meet.

"The next two weeks weren't a lot of fun," Irish coach Jason Passeri said. "The next practice we had three hours of practice on the beam. That's not fun. But the girls wanted to do that. They were mad at themselves. It shows they care, so that's a good sign. There was really no excuse for 19 falls between two teams. It's just a lack of focus.

"But they worked, got refocused and improved."

Particularly on the balance beam.

Rosemount scored a 36.35 on the balance beam in the next meet, an improvement of over a point as a team. The Irish lost 145.775-143.375 to Eagan last week, but came away feeling better after recording its second-best team score of the season.

"It's not many times when you can say you're happy with a loss," Passeri said. "But it was a big improvement. The girls really stepped up in that meet and I was proud of their performances."

The Irish followed it with a 141.825-130.225 win Tuesday against Chaska/ Chanhassen.

"We went from nine falls in varsity against Lakeville South to one varsity fall in each of the last two meets," Passeri said. "You look at beam and we improved by four points in one meet. That's big."

Against Eagan, Claire Holtz scored a 9.15 to place second on the vault.

Katie Murgic was second on the uneven bars with a 9.275 and Holtz placed fourth with an 8.9.

Murgic added another second with a 9.35 on the beam. Holtz was third with a 9.2 and Macy Stearns was fourth after scoring a 9.1. Kathy Aune went 9.05 to give the Irish four 9-plus scores.

On the floor exercise, Murgic was fourth with a 9.55. Stearns recorded a personal best with a 9.5.

Murgic totaled 36.925 for second in the all-around. Holtz was fourth in the all-around with a 36.05.

The JV team also posted its season high at Eagan. Senior Brooke Bohnert scored her first 9.0 on the vault.

Tuesday was senior night in the final regular season meet of the year. Each of the four seniors participated in a varsity event.

Holtz won the vault with a 9.2. Murgic was second with a 9.1 and Aune was third. Bohnert and Lindsey Weisensel tied for fifth.

Murgic scored a 9.25 on the bars.

Each of the four scoring varsity gymnasts went through their beam routines without a fall. Murgic won the event with a 9.275. Holtz was second with a 9.15. Weisensel was third with an 8.825 and Lexi Johnson was fifth.

Stearns won the floor competition with a 9.375. Murgic was second with a 9.3, followed by Holtz with a 9.075. Aune's 9.0 again gave the Irish four 9-plus scores on the floor.

Murgic won the all-around with a 36.825. Holtz was second with a 35.875.

The Irish compete in the Class 2A, Section 3 meet on Feb. 19 at Lakeville North. The meet begins at 5 p.m.

"Eagan and North are the front runners in the section," Passeri said. "But between them, us, Park, Woodbury, Apple Valley has put up some good scores. There are six teams with a decent chance this year."