MILFORD — For the Woodstock Academy girls gymnastics team, its favorite number in the world is 10.
As in 10 consecutive state championships, if you’re scoring at home.
The Centaurs captured their eighth straight Class S team title Saturday night, besting a field of eight at Jonathan Law’s Richitelli gym.
Woodstock Academy won two Class M titles before putting together this Class S streak of success.
“The girls do embrace the challenge. They don’t run away from our tradition,” said Woodstock Academy coach Kasey Tocchio. “They are fearless. They bring their best in the most important moments.”
Woodstock Academy finished the night with 140.425 points to hold off runnerup St. Joseph (138.325) and Rival Stonington (136.6).
Host Jonathan Law was fourth (131.4) followed by Mercy (130.950), Daniel Hand (129.950), Pomperaug (129.550) and Oxford (119.3).
Woodstock Academy, St. Joseph, Class L champ Southington and Stonington are the teams to advance to next week’s State Open Championship. There will be a large contingent of individual competitors taking part as well.
Leading the way Saturday for Woodstock Academy was senior Jenna Davidson. She won Beam (9.50), bars (9.20), floor exercise (9.375) and the all-around (37.175).
“I was stressed for the entire meet,” Davidson said. “My teammates are amazing. Everybody puts in the effort and we all fulfill our roles. The coaching staff here is incredible. They always find ways to bring more star value to our routines. And we all want to succeed.”
Leading the way for St. Joseph was Schuyler Tomey, who won vaulting with a 9.50 score. Tomey won a battle of gymnasts performing the yurchenko move (must be seen to be believed).
“Since this is the first year that our school has had a full team of its own, we’re all so happy,” Tomey said. “We took second place in the FCIAC Championship and it propelled us tonight. It is amazing to be one of the four schools to qualify for the State Open as a team. Everybody pulled their weight.”
By winning the vault and tying for third place in the all-around (35.90), Tomey gets a victory bonus for the weekend.
“I’m taking this runnerup plaque home with me for the weekend,” Tomey laughed. “I’ll bring it to school on Monday. But it’s mine until then.”
It was a great meet for SCC All-Around champ Mia Lawrence of Mercy.
Lawrence was runnerup on vault (9.15), on bars (9.10), on floor exercise (9.35) and all-around (36.25).
It was special for Lawrence since she missed last year’s postseason with a foot injury.