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Rosemount gymnastics edges out Farmington

Farmington freshman Bailey McCuddin performs her floor exercise, which she took 10th in against Rosemount. Photo courtesy of Lynne Halterman Images1 / 4
Tiger freshman Abigail Shearer set the new junior varsity vault record for Farmington with a 9.0 against the Irish. Photo courtesy of Nicole Grundman2 / 4
Rosemount junior Arianna Passeri finished third on the vault in the Irish's win over Farmington. Here she performs her floor exercise at a previous home meet. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Irish senior Josey Schlie won four out of five events against the Tigers, including the all-around. Here, she performs on the balance beam in a meet against Eastview/Apple Valley. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The Rosemount Irish gymnastics team came out ahead against the Farmington Tigers 142.325-139.35 two weeks ago as both teams begin to wind down their regular seasons and start to look toward sections. Senior Josey Schlie of Rosemount won four of the five events, including the all-around and senior Lauren Slayton of Farmington placed in all five events, including second behind Schlie in the all-around.

Irish head coach Jason Passeri said that it was a big win for his team as they went into the meet short-handed and any South Suburban Conference win is an achievement.

"We have the toughest conference in the state," he said. Passeri also said that being ready for sections is their goal for the rest of the season.

Farmington, on the other hand, continues to have trouble breaking the 140-point mark, which head coach Amanda Lund said is the result of small mistakes.

"We had falls on beam and bars that are still keeping us from hitting above a 140," she said. "Little things to clean up, but otherwise I am very excited to see what we will do at our next few meets. We typically peak around this time of year and this season does not seem to be any different in that way, so I am still very hopeful and expecting big things once we make a few changes accompanied with the girls' hard work. The pieces are there, we just need a meet where they all come together."

Throughout this season, the Tigers have continued to set new school varsity and junior varsity records, which continued against Rosemount. Sophomore Madison Jones set a new Tiger JV floor record with a score of 9.15 and freshman Abigail Shearer set the new JV vault record with a 9.0. However, the Farmington JV also lost 132.9-131.65.

Below are the results for each event:

Vault

Schlie took first with a 9.475; Slayton finished second with a 9.45; junior Arianna Passeri of Rosemount placed third with a 9.4; Jones was fourth (9.2) and sophomore Rachael Kammueller of Farmington took fifth with a score of 8.85. In sixth was junior Tess Durscher of Rosemount with a 8.775; Irish sophomore Lauren Preiner finished seventh with a score of 8.675; Farmington freshman Kaley Daniels placed eighth (8.65); fellow Tiger freshman Bailey McCuddin was ninth at 8.525; and in 10th was junior Alexys Berger of Rosemount with a 8.5.

Bars

Schlie ran away with the event by over three-tenths of a point, taking first with a score of 9.325; Irish sophomore Lauren Foyt was the runner-up with a score of 8.95; Slayton finished third with a 8.375; freshman Grace Keller placed fourth for the Irish with a 8.35; and Rosemount sophomore Samantha Olson took fifth (8.325). Farmington then grabbed four of the next five spots in a reversal of the first five as Jones took sixth with a 8.175; Tiger freshman Sarah McCormick finishes seventh (7.9); McCuddin was eighth with a 7.85; Durscher placed ninth with a score of 7.825; and taking 10th was junior Hannah Sorensen of Farmington with a 7.6.

Beam

Keller came away with the win on the balance beam for Rosemount as both teams had a few rough routines. Keller took first with a 8.825; Daniels was second with a 8.625; Slayton finished third (8.6); Schlie placed fourth with a score of 8.525 and Irish senior Claudia Baird took fifth with a 8.45. McCormick took sixth (8.25); Shearer was seventh with a 8.175; Durscher finished eighth with a score of 7.95; Foyt placed ninth (7.7) and Grundman took 10th with a 7.275.

Floor

Schlie won her third event with a score of 9.75; Slayton put up a great score in second with a 9.65; Daniels took third with a score of 9.4; Tiger sophomore Madeline Hins was fourth (9.35) and Berger also had a 9.35 in fifth. Durscher finished sixth with a score of 9.2; Passeri scored a straight nine in seventh; Farmington sophomore Lauren Eccles placed eighth with a 8.875; Baird was ninth (8.8) and in 10th was McCuddin with a 8.7.

All-Around

The top three in the all-around were Schlie with a 37.075; Slayton the runner-up with a 36.05 and Durscher finished third with a score of 33.75.

Rosemount's next competition is sections Saturday, Feb. 17, while Farmington hosted Eastview on Monday, Feb. 5, and then have sections with the Irish.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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