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Gymnastics: Holiday tradition ends

Floor routines were a highlight for Farmington Saturday.

For the past five years, the Farmington and Rosemount gymnastics teams have made a post-Christmas meet their own little holiday tradition. The schools are close, they’re not in the same conference and it was a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

“It’s always kind of been fun,” Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. “It’s close, and some of the girls work out with each other.”

The tradition will end next year when Farmington joins Rosemount in the South Suburban Conference, but there was time last weekend for one last edition of the meet. And thanks to a good night for one school and an off night for the other, Rosemount will go out a winner.

Rosemount won the meet, held at Rosemount High School, 142.975 to 132.15.

Rosemount’s JV also won, scoring 127.6 to Farmington’s 120.6.

The score was Rosemount’s best of the year and ranks the team seventh in the state despite the fact each of the Irish performers fell on the balance beam.

Because the Rosemount gymnasts attempt such difficult beam routines they can fall and still turn in high scores. Abby Nelson fell off the beam and won the event with an 8.975.

“There’s not many kids in the state that can get a 9 with a fall,” Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.

It was that kind of day for the Irish. Josey Schlie won the all-around with a 36.5, and Rosemount gymnasts won each of the individual events. All of Rosemount’s vaulters scored in the 9s.

“It was a great meet for us. That was the best we had done on bars all year,” Passeri said.

Eighth grader Shannon McCoy scored in the 9s for the first time in her career in Saturday’s meet, a 9.2 on floor exercise.

‘She’s a really hard-working kid,” Passeri said.

The attitude was a little different on the Farmington side of the gym. Whether it was a post-holiday letdown, the emotion of Rosemount’s alumni celebration or some other factor, it just wasn’t the Tigers’ day.

“We were four points lower than our last meet,” Bauman said. “Vault and bars were extra low for us this meet. Floor wasn’t bad and beam, we stuck two out of five routines. I’d like to see three if not four.

“We have really good beam routines, so when we stick them it’s going to be a good night.”

Rosemount will have a bigger test coming up next Saturday at the Faribault Invitational. The meet will feature six schools in the top 10, including powerhouse Northfield.

Farmington will also compete at Faribault.

“It will be a fun meet to see where we’re at with some of the better teams,” Passeri said. “Anywhere in the top five at that meet is an accomplishment.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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