Rosemount Irish senior gymnast Alex Barcus is state bound after qualifying for the state meet on the uneven bars and balance beam. Barcus was sixth on the bars and third on beam at the Section 1AA meet Friday evening, Feb. 15, at Farmington High School where Rosemount took fourth as a team behind champion Owatonna, Northfield and Farmington. As team, the Irish were fourth on vault with a score of 36.700, third on bars with a 34.075 and fourth on beam (34.600) and floor (36.225). Below are Rosemount's complete results:
Junior Lauren Foyt led the Irish in the all-around with a score of 35.125 which was good for seventh. Senior Tess Durscher was their second entry and took 11th with a score of 32.850.
On vault, senior Arianna Passeri took fifth with a 9.425 and just narrowly missed returning to state. Eighth-grader Adalyn Anderson finished 12th with a 9.275, senior Alexys Berger placed 18th and Foyt 19th with 9.000s and Durscher was 22nd with 8.725.
For the uneven bars, Barcus qualified for state with a sixth-place finish with a score of 8.875. Foyt was right behind her in seventh with an 8.800, Anderson took 10th with a score of 8.525, fellow eighth-grader Taylor McLean finished in 19th with a 7.875 and Durscher placed 21st (7.700).
Barcus qualified for her second event on beam by taking third with a score of 9.125. Sophomore Allison Zeigler took seventh with a score of 9.025, Preiner finished 17th with an 8.425, Foyt took 22nd with an 8.025 and Durscher was 32nd (7.200).
Finally, on floor Foyt took sixth with a score of 9.300, Durscher finished seventh with a 9.225 and Berger placed 17th (8.875). Passeri took 19th with a score of 8.825 and Preiner finished 21st with an 8.225.
Barcus was all smiles after her name was announced.
"It's just super exciting, especially my senior year being able to go to state," she said. "It's super fun."
There was a scenario this season where Barcus would not have even competed on beam, let alone qualified for state.
"Yeah I didn't know if I was going to be competing on beam again this year because I had a really bad fall last year. It's just really exciting to be able to go," she said. "Beam I was kind of hopeful about because I had a really good routine but bars I did not think I would make it."
Barcus also said that her goal for the state meet as a senior is to just enjoy the experience. She will compete at Maturi Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus on Saturday, Feb. 23, with the Class AA individual competition starting at 6 p.m. Barcus will be midway through the competition order for bars and toward the end on beam.