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Gymnastics: Irish clinch share of of first SSC championship

The Rosemount gymnastics team all but locked up its first conference championship in Jason Passeri's 15 years as head coach with a 138.85-133.375 victory at Lakeville South last Tuesday.

The Irish stood at 7-0 in South Suburban Conference duals heading into their regular season finale against 1-6 Apple Valley this week.

"I think the last time was in the mid-90s. I will have to do some research on that," Passeri said. "We have had to compete against those Lakeville and Eden Prairie teams that won numerous state titles."

The infusion of two talented seventh-graders into the lineup once again sparked the Irish at South. Josey Schlie won two events and the all-around with a score of 35.675 and fellow seventh-grader Shannon McCoy claimed first place in the balance beam and second in the all-around at 34.825.

Schlie opened with a winning score of 9.375 in the vault. The Irish dominated the event with Meghan Creese scoring a close second at 9.325, McCoy earning third with a 9.05 and Nelson taking fourth with a 9.025.

Schlie then placed second in the bars and balance beam before winning the floor exercise with a score of 9.375. Teammate Abby Nelson was close behind with a second-place score of 9.05, McCoy took fourth at 8.975 and Jenna Schlukebier fifth with an 8.9.

Kailey Askew supplied fourth-place finishes in the balance beam and the uneven bars, where she tied with McCoy.

Nelson added a fourth-place total of 33.85 in the all-around.