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Gymnastics: Irish fit in among state's best

The Rosemount gymnastics team finished second among many of the best teams of the state Saturday in Cottage Grove.

The Irish, who entered ranked fifth in the state, had the best team scores in the vault and floor exercise while posting a total score of 145.65 points. Roseville, the state’s second-ranked team, won the meet with a 149.75, while No. 3 Wayzata, No. 6 Winona, No. 7 Brainerd and No. 11 Eden Prairie rounded out the top six at the 10-team Park Invite.

Josey Schlie once again led Rosemount in the all-around, scoring a season-best 37.65 to place fifth. She was second in the floor exercise with a 9.7 and second in the balance beam at 9.6. Schlie also earned a 9.15 in the uneven bars and a 9.2 in the vault.

Schlie led the Irish to a meet-best 37.8 in the floor exercise. She was one of five Irish varsity gymnasts to score 9.0 or better in the event, along with Shannon McCoy (9.55), Abby Nelson (9.45), Kailey Askew (9.1) and Cami Marx (9.0). For Marx, it was the first 9.0 of her career.

“It was an exciting moment in the meet,” Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. “We were very happy for Cami. This has been one of her goals for years.”

Another 9.0 floor exercise came in the JV portion of the meet where Meghan McKenzie placed first with a 9.1. In the JV bars, Olivia Ratgen placed first with a 9.25.

Overall, the Irish JV team matched the varsity with a second-place score of 129.9.

In the vault, the Irish varsity topped the rest of the field with a score of 37.35. Meghan Creese led the effort with a second-place 9.6. Askew also scored big with a 9.3 and McCoy turned in a 9.25.

Abby Nelson sat out the vault due to a sore ankle, but led the Irish in the beam with a 9.2. Kidron Stromwall was second for the team with a vault of 9.0.

“This was a very special moment,” Passeri said. “She may be one of the hardest workers I have ever coached.”

McCoy added an 8.9 in the beam and an 8.4 in the uneven bars while placing second for Rosemount in the all-around with a 36.15.

The Irish traveled to Bloomington for a conference meet with Jefferson and Kennedy on Tuesday. They’re back home next Tuesday when they host Lakeville North.