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Gymnastics: Beam shines for Irish

Irish had a season-best performance on the balance beam to help win over Farmington.

Rosemount's season-best performance on the balance beam accounted for most of its margin of victory in a 139.9-133 non-conference win over Farmington in a holiday break meeting Friday night in Rosemount.

The Irish led by less than a point after the vault and the uneven bars before outscoring the Tigers 36-31.4 on the beam. Shannon McCoy led three Irish over 9.0 for the first time this season with a score of 9.6, Abby Nelson scored a 9.5 and Josey Schlie earned a 9.1.

"That was the difference in the meet," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. "Farmington has a really good team, but struggled on the beam."

Schlie and McCoy once again finished 1-2 in the all-around competition. Schlie won the vault (9.3) and floor exercise (9.45) and tied with Farmington's Tahra Eckert in the bars and McCoy was fifth in the vault and third in the floor exercise.

Rosemount's next best finish was a second-place showing by Meghan Creese, who earned a 9.25 in the vault. Nelson and Jenna Schlukebier tied for fourth in the parallel bars and Schlukebier and Rachel Schow came in 4-5 in the floor exercise. Jenna Elliott added a fourth-place finish in the balance beam, giving the Irish the top four scores.

While the Irish counted a couple of falls in their final team score, the Tigers suffered 10 that cost them at least five points.

"That's what we need to fix to bring our score up," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "We just need to keep our heads up and stay on our feet."

Kiana Lord once again led the Tigers with a third-place score of 34.5 in the all-around. She was second in the floor exercise with a 9.05, third in the vault with a 9.15, fifth in the beam and sixth in the bars.

Kylie Wharton added a third-place finish in the bars and Beckett was fourth with a 9.05 in the vault. Eckert added sixth-place finishes in the vault and floor and placed fifth in the all-around.

The Tigers and Irish both compete again Saturday at the Faribault Invite.