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Gymnastics: Irish break 140-point mark

Entering last week's conference meet with Eastview, Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri was confident in his team's ability to hit the 140-point mark.

It was a season-long goal for the Irish and they were coming off a season high in a loss to No. 5 Eagan. Passeri felt his team could hit the 140-point plateau against Eastview. It was almost as if the coach knew what was going to happen.

Rosemount promptly went out and accomplished its goal. In the process, the Irish also wrapped up second place in the South Suburban Conference.

"At the beginning of the year we knew we had the talent, but to go 7-1 is a huge accomplishment. It's good for our team. This year, we had a lot of catching up to do.

"The goal going into the last couple meets was to score over 140. We had the talent. I think it's one of the biggest jumps we've ever made from where we scored 132 at the beginning and now we're up to 141.5. Hopefully we can carry that over into sections."

In the year's final regular-season meet, Rosemount beat Eastview 141.5-134.8. The Irish's 7-1 record put them alone in second place in the final conference standings, just behind undefeated Eagan.

Rosemount had its top all-around effort this season. It was the Irish's best total team score, while also adding their top team scores on the vault, uneven bars and balance beam.

"That was the best meet of the year. A lot of things went right," Passeri said.

It started with a team-best 35.65 on the vault.

Kailey Askew, who scored at least a 9.0 on each event, took first place on the vault with a score of 9.175. Claire Holtz was second with a 9.15. Both were season highs. Kathy Aune was fourth with an 8.7, while Jenna Schlukebier was fifth.

Rosemount then added its best bar score of the season, totaling 34.475.

Askew took first place with a 9.1, the first time an Irish gymnast has hit at least a 9.0 on the bars this season. Holtz took third place with an 8.8.

On the balance beam, Rosemount stuck each of its five routines for the second meet in a row.

"That doesn't happen too often in gymnastics," Passeri said.

Abby Nelson won the beam competition with a 9.15. Askew scored a 9.125 for second place and Holtz was fifth with an 8.875.

Aune took the top spot in the floor exercise, scoring a 9.275. Askew was second with a 9.075. Holtz finished fifth with an 8.875.

Askew finished first in the all-around with a 36.475, the top all-around score for Rosemount this season. Holtz scored a 35.425 to finish second and Aune was third with a 34.85.

The Irish compete in the Class 2A, Section 3 meet tomorrow at Park.

All-section honorees

Four Rosemount gymnasts earned all-section honors.

Abby Nelson on the balance beam was a first-team selection.

Kathy Aune earned the honor on the floor exercise.

Kailey Askew was all-section on the beam.

Holtz was honored for her work on the bars.