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Gymnastics: Irish complete perfect SSC run

The Rosemount gymnastics team capped off its first conference championship in 20 years with its highest team score of the season last Tuesday night.

The Irish turned in 10 scores of 9.0 or higher and defeated Apple Valley 144-130.55 in their Senior Night meet at Rosemount High School. The victory completed an 8-0 run through the South Suburban Conference.

"It was a great way to finish the season on a high note," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.

The big scores began in the vault where the Irish received four 9.0 scores and swept the top five places. Josey Schlie won the event with a 9.3 and went on to once again claim the all-around title with a 37.575. Meghan Creese followed with a 9.25, Shannon McCoy was third with a 9.15, Abby Nelson was fourth at 9.05 and Jenna Schlukebier was fifth with an 8.925.

Schlie went on to sweep all four events. She won the uneven bars with a 9.05, turned in a 9.6 in the balance beam and earned a 9.625 in the floor exercise.

McCoy placed second in the bars and beam, and tied with Abby Nelson for third in the floor exercise en route to a second-place all-around score of 36.0.

Schlukebier was second in the floor exercise with a 9.325 and Kailey Askew was fifth at 8.95. Askew was also third in the bars and fifth in the beam.

The Irish are currently ranked eighth in the state by the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association with an average score of 141.65. They open Section 3AA competition tomorrow night at 5:30 at Eagan. No. 6 Park, No. 16 Farmington and No. 20 East Ridge are also in Section 3AA.