MILTON — Milton High School gymnasts leapt, jumped and tumbled through the air Monday night in a display of athleticism and poise.
The team competed against South Burlington and celebrated its two seniors.
At 6 p.m. March 1 in the gymnasium of Milton Elementary School, the team recognized seniors Kayleigh Blow and Hailey Hemingway. Head Coach Stephanie Wagar's voice was filled with emotion as she said a few words about each athlete and handed them bouquets.
Wagar commended Hemingway on preserving through injury and wished her luck next year at the University of New Hampshire, where she plans to study health science. Wagar said Blow's readiness to learn and willingness to compete was always impressive. After graduation, Blow plans to study cosmetology.
"These next few years are for you," Wagar said to both athletes. "Make the best of it and take your time."
Both seniors said they plan to use the rest of the gymnastics season to improve their skills and to make lasting memories.
"I want to learn a lot and have fun doing it," Hemingway said. "I want to make this season something I will look back on years from now."
"Even though it's not the season we imagined, I'm very grateful we get to compete this year," Blow said. "I plan to make the best of it."
After the ceremony, both teams headed to the vault, where the meet began. Teams then moved on to bars, beam and floor routines.
Blow scored highest for Milton on the vault, beam and floor. Freshman Ella Dykeman scored highest on bars.
Milton Gymnastics' will next compete at home on March 6 against St. Johnsbury.