Meet Newsday's All-Long Island gymnastics team for the 2015-16 season.
Coach of the Year: JoAnna Judge, Commack
Renee Vulin, Plainview JFK, Soph.
Vulin, with her terrific dismount on beam, earned an 8.4 in the event at the state qualifier and placed third in the all-around with a score of 33.0.
Newsday Gymnast of the Year: Miranda Lund, Plainview JFK, Soph.
In a field of 122 gymnasts, Lund stood alone at the top of the podium at the state championships. With her score of 37.6, she became Plainview JFK's first state all-around gymnastics champion."I was shocked," the unassuming star said afterward. "I didn't think I was going to place in anything, except maybe beam." Lund won beam (9.350), placed second on floor (9.475) and placed third on vault (9.600). "I'm just happy I didn't fall once," she said. She is the first Nassau gymnast to win the all-around title at the state meet since Jess Panza of Island Trees in 2008.
Skye Harper, Bay Shore, 8th grade
Harper had a breathtaking performance on floor at the state qualifier. Her 9.7 was the top score in the event. She was the runner-up on beam (9.175) and placed third on vault (9.475) at the qualifier
Jacklyn Dolitsky, Commack, Fr.
Dolitsky scored a 9.3 on floor and a 9.25 on bars at the state qualifier en route to an all-around score of 36.3, good for third place at the qualifier.
Suffolk Gymnast of the Year: Lauren Gomes, Commack, Sr.
Gomes scored a 9.575 on bars to take gold at the state championship tournament. "It's just a good little message," Gomes said afterward, "just to know that this sport was meant for me." Gomes also won the all-around at both the state qualifier and the Suffolk team championships, leading Commack to the team title.
Gillian Murphy, Massapequa, Soph.
Murphy placed second in the all-around at the state qualifier with a 36.275. She was the runner-up in beam and floor with scores of 9.375 and 9.3, respectively, at the qualifier.