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Gymnastics: Irish can't escape tough section

Rosemount's Kathy Aune performs in the floor exercise where she placed 12th with a score of 9.25.1 / 2
A gymnast performs her floor routine.2 / 2

With Rosemount gymnastics coach Jason Passeri responsible for compiling scores to decide the all-section teams, he knows first-hand just how tough the Class 2A, Section 3 meet is for his squad.

Rosemount gymnasts needed a top four placing in last week's section meet to advance individually to this week's state meet.

After studying the season-long scores from the section gymnasts, Passeri understood attention should be given to more than just the top four finishers in each event.

"To be top 15 in our section is pretty impressive," Passeri said. "You look at the scores from other sections and we have kids that would be going to state in a lot of those other sections. There are so many good individuals in our section.

"There were 24 kids in our section that scored at least a 9.0 on the floor. That's 24 out of 50 spots over 9.0. There were some kids scoring a 9.6, 9.5 on floor and didn't make it to state. That's crazy."

The Irish placed fifth as a team at last week's section meet with a score of 139.35. Park won the team title with a 147.9.

Due to its designated section, Rosemount wasn't able to advance any individuals to the state meet, but several fell into Passeri's top 15 list.

Rosemount's team score was its second highest combined score of the season.

The top individual finish for the Irish was on the balance beam.

Abby Nelson scored a 9.05 to place seventh.

"One judge flashed a 9.3 and the other judge put up her score of 8.4," Passeri said. "It makes no sense how you can be that far out of range. A 9.3 would have put her in third place and she could have went to state."

Kailey Askew scored an 8.85 for 11th place. Claire Holtz added an 8.7 for 14th.

On the vault, Askew scored a 9.175 for ninth place. Holtz was 11th with a 9.1.

Competing in its best event of the year, Rosemount posted more solid scoring on the floor exercise.

Askew was 10th after scoring a season-high 9.375.

"She was a quarter way through her routine when the music skipped to halfway through the next performance" Passeri said. "So she continued with the wrong music. I've never seen that happen before. We could have asked for a re-do, but she had her highest score of the season."

Kathy Aune was 12th with a 9.25. Holtz scored an 8.925 for 14th.

On the uneven bars, Holtz placed 10th with an 8.875 to lead the Irish.

The results put Holtz in ninth in the all-around with a combined 35.6. Askew finished with a score of 35.25 for 11th place.

"We thought this was going to be a down year and we went 7-1, so we can't complain," Passeri said.