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Gymnastics: Falls plague Irish

Rosemount's Rachel Schow competes in the balance beam during last Tuesday's meet against Lakeville South. Schow was one of three Irish gymnasts to top 9.0 in the floor exercise.

The Rosemount gymnastics team posted its best team score of the season last Tuesday.

But head coach Jason Passeri knows the Irish can go even higher.

"We had two unexpected falls in the bars.... One fall on the beam that counted toward our score and two falls in the vault that counted," he said. "Put all that together and we could be a 140 (point) team. The girls have been improving throughout the season."

Instead, the Irish finished with a score of 137.425 that was four-tenths of a point off the pace of Lakeville South's 137.825. The Cougars led by a slim .075 before scoring a meet-best 36.825 in the floor exercise.

The Irish also excelled in the floor exercise, scoring a 36.5 as three gymnasts scored 9.0 or better for the first time this season. Kailey Askew led the way with a second-place 9.475 in the event and also led the team in the all-around with a first-place score of 35.95. Askew added a first-place vault score of 9.225, and second-place showings in the uneven bars and balance beam.

Rachel Schow followed up Askew in the floor exercise with a 9.15, her career best in the event, and Abby Nelson scored her first-ever 9.0 mark with a 9.05. Cami Marx was close behind with a personal-best 8.825.

Nelson also led the Irish in the balance beam with a first-place score of 8.975 and Meghan Creese placed second in the vault with a 9.1.

The Irish JV remained undefeated as it scored a season-high 128.3.