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Rosemount gymnastics ranked 10th in the state

The Rosemount Irish gymnastics team has continued its winning ways after ending last season with both highs and lows. Last February, the Irish finished just one-eighth of a point behind East Ridge to go to state as a team, but they also sent now-senior Josey Schlie to her fifth-straight state meet, where she placed ninth in the all-around, third in the floor exercise, 13th on the vault and 20th on the uneven bars. The good thing is that last year's team only graduated one senior and this year has hit the ground running.

After the month of December, the Irish are ranked 10th in the state as a team. Perhaps even more impressive is achieving that ranking at less than full strength.

"We have not competed in a meet yet this year with a complete varsity line," head coach Jason Passeri said. "Injuries have set us a back a bit. We have had several gymnasts step up in their spots and perform great."

One of those injured is Schlie, who Passeri said suffered an ankle injury during the fall soccer season and is "starting to put it back together."

The Irish are 2-1 so far this season with victories over Eagan and Bloomington Jefferson and a loss to second-ranked Lakeville South.

Lakeville South

Rosemount lost to South 146.25-140.9. Junior Arianna Passeri won the vault with a score of 9.5 while Schlie took fourth with a 9.15. Junior Alexandra Barcus took second in the uneven bars with a score of 8.85 and behind her tied for fourth were freshman Grace Keller and sophomore Lauren Foyt. Schlie won the floor exercise with a 9.575, while Passeri was third (9.325) and junior Alexys Berger took fifth (9.225). Schlie finished fourth in the all-around with a 35.725.

Eagan

Rosemount bounced back with a 139.675-136.95 victory over the Eagan Wildcats. Passeri won the vault with a 9.5 while Schlie was right behind her in second with a 9.35. Schlie also took second on the uneven bars (8.7) and the floor exercise (9.425), while winning on the beam (9.025) and the all-around (36.5).

Barcus finished second on the beam with a score of 8.725, while Passeri was fourth in the floor exercise with a 9.1. Sophomore Samantha Olson took fourth in the all-around.

Bloomington Jefferson

The Irish then dominated Bloomington Jefferson 141.6-128.175. Passeri won the vault for the third meet in a row with a score of 9.4 and then won the floor exercise with a 9.35. Schlie won on the bars (9.1), beam (9.3) and all-around 36.7, as well as taking second on the floor (9.225) and vault (9.05).

Barcus finished second on the bars with a score of 8.825 and Foyt was behind her in third with an 8.55. Olson took second on the beam (8.85) and the all-around. Berger finished third in the floor exercise.

A new development this year is the Irish moving to section 1AA, which Passeri said is much more difficult than section 3AA. He said the favorite in 1AA is Owatonna.

Rosemount hosted Eastview on Tuesday, Jan. 9, and then travel to Prior Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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