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Gymnastics: Tigers edge Irish

A simple look at team scores for the Rosemount gymnastics team shows scores lower than the Irish have received in recent seasons.

Much of the difference is due to the changes made to scoring in high school meets this season. Achieving high difficulty scores has become much tougher.

The difference in scoring was never more apparent than last week when Rosemount hosted Farmington for a dual meet.

The Irish posted their top score of the season, but lost to No. 8 ranked Farmington 136.75-136.6. Reaching the 140-point mark was a common occurrence in past seasons for Rosemount. The change in point totals is affecting all teams, not just the Irish.

"It's harder to hit those higher scores, but I think we're capable of hitting 140 by the end of the year," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. "You get the rule changes and you have to switch and adapt. There is more credit in bonus points, so obviously the top kids will be scoring higher. It hurts all of the other kids. If they were in the low nines before, they're in the eights right now."

And so teams like the Irish continue adapting to the rule changes.

Meanwhile, Rosemount is also competing in close dual meets. Three times in four duals, the Irish and their opponents have been separated by less than a point.

"Every meet has been close this year," Passeri said. "Going into Farmington we knew they were scoring much higher than we were. We put up our best meet of the year, our best score. We can't be disappointed or upset that we lost to a good team and scored our best. The kids came to practice and we had our best practices of the year, and had possibly our best meet of the year."

But Passeri knows close scores and a loss by just .15 points can easily be second-guessed.

"When you lose by .15 everybody looks at what they could have done," Passeri said. "It's nobody's fault. It's a team sport."

Rosemount went to the floor exercise, its final and probably best event, needing 35.2 points for the win, but just missed the mark.

Kailey Askew took first place with an 8.95 on the floor. Jenna Schlukebier was second with an 8.8. Kathy Aune posted an 8.7 for third place.

Schlukebier earned a 9.1 on the vault, good for second overall and her first time scoring a 9.0 or better in her career with the Irish.

Aune was second on the vault with an 8.4.

On the balance beam, Abby Nelson scored a 9.25, breaking a personal record she set just two weeks earlier. She won the event. Claire Holtz was second with a 9.0 and Paige Henke scored an 8.4 for fifth place.

Holtz was the all-around winner with a total of 34.15. Aune was fourth with a 33.6, followed by Nelson in fifth place with a 33.5.