The West Salem/Aquinas gymnastics team made a big statement Saturday.

They didn't win at a tournament in Baraboo, but they finished second. When you consider that was the program's first competition since being cut, it's an amazing accomplishment.

The West Salem school board suspended the program last season due to low participation numbers. But after seeing increased interest, they reinstated it for this season.

"Usually when you suspend something, you don't get it back," co-head coach Carrie O'Hearn said. "We had a lot of interest. Very exciting to have a team again and just to be back."

There are only three seniors on the team. The rest are underclassmen.

"We have a lot of new people but there's a lot of talent this year," senior Ali Ristey said.

"There's a lot of potential with these girls," O'Hearn said. "Even those that came in with no background have learned a lot of skills. It's good to see. It's a new coaching philosophy for us. Every skill that they learned, we taught them, which is kind of fun."

The program had qualified for the WIAA Division 2 state tournament six of the past eight seasons before the suspension.