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Gymnastics review: Season exceeds Passeri's hopes

Katie Murgic will represent the Rosemount gymnastics team at state.

A week after the season had ended, Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri found many of the Irish athletes willingly taking part in the open gym still being offered at the school.

The fact that the Irish were still trying to enhance their skills wasn't a shock to Passeri. The skills they were attempting were.

"I can't coach them now, but they were e-mailing me telling me they were trying these things," Passeri said. "It's more of what they are doing at the open gym. They're throwing some big skills. Some kids are rocking out with fulls. I was like, 'Where the heck was that during the season?' I guess it's easier without any pressure. It shows how excited they are and they're excited to learn new skills."

The enthusiasm is indicative of something bigger for Passeri and the Irish -- there is a quality group of individuals that will soon be filling out the varsity lineup for Rosemount, possibly starting next season.

The Irish finished a season that Passeri admits exceeded his expectations.

"This year going into the season we had a lot of new kids and I thought the goal was about a 140," Passeri said. "They surpassed that pretty early. It's nice when kids overachieve."

Senior Katie Murgic finished her Irish career by competing at the state meet again, and finishing with all-state honors. She was named the team's most valuable gymnast and won the leadership award. She was also all-section and all-conference.

Fellow senior Lindsey Weisensel was honorable mention as all-conference and all-state. She won the team's Irish award and was one of the team's hardest worker award winners.

Claire Holtz should return next year after earning all-conference and all-state honors this season.

Macy Stearns and Kathy Aune were all-conference as well as all-state honorable mention.

Murgic, Weisensel and Brooke Bohnert were the team's captains. Aune, Paige Henke, and Dani Walsh will be next year's captains.

The three captains will lead a group of up-and-coming younger, talented gymnasts for the Irish.

"The youth are on fire right now," Passeri said.