STONINGTON — Stonington High gymnastics coach Leslie Gomes is hesitant to use the word perfect when describing the season her team had.
But the Bears came pretty darn close to that lofty standard. Stonington finished second in the Class S state meet (130.675), trailing only the state's top program, Woodstock Academy (143.5).
Four Bears earned All-State honors and one qualified for New Englands.
But the season was even better than that.
"It was unbelievable the kids and talent we had," said Gomes, who completed her 26th season as coach. "They all get along and they all support each other. The combination of the kids we had working together made it the best season I've ever had.
"A lot of them do other things outside of gymnastics, too, and we encourage that."
Sophomores Hanna Laskey, Lila Rich and Katya Torruella all made first-team All-State.
Gymnasts earn first-team All-State by finishing in the top 20 in an event at the State Open. If they finish in the top 20, they are first team in every event they compete in at the Open, regardless of finish.
Gymnasts that finish 21-40 are second team.
Laskey tied for fifth in the vault (9.3), placed fifth in the bars (8.8) and also made it in floor (41st, 8.25). She also qualified for New Englands in vault and bars.
Laskey also competes for ABC Gymnastics in Niantic.
"She had a great season for us. She had a little bit of an adjustment to being on a team, but she made it and became a big part of our team," Gomes said.
"She works very hard and she is very competitive."
Rich earned the honor in beam after tying for 18th at 8.35.
"She is very consistent," Gomes said. "I know I could count on her staying on the beam. If we had problems this season, it was on the beam. But for the most part we didn't, and Lila was just so consistent."
Torruella was first team on bars (8.5) and beam (8.55), which also earned her the honor on floor (28th, 8.55).
"She is a workhorse," Gomes said. "She is just a force. She was actually injured early in the season, but was able to come back. She just works, and works and works until she gets something. She's just a natural."
Greene, a sophomore, earned the second-team honor with her showing in uneven bars (5.5).
"She is very involved with her gym in Waterford, so we just picked where we wanted her that would most benefit the team," Gomes said. "She just did bars."
Stonington's Autumn Nelson received the ECC sportsmanship award for the team, and Natalia Cullen was the scholar-athlete.