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Trinity Thomas earns gym slam in impressive Florida win against No. 17 Georgia

Thomas made NCAA history after earning a 10 on vault

Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas celebrates after her vault routine against the Georgia Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. She earned a 10 on the event to finish her fourth career gym slam.
Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas celebrates after her vault routine against the Georgia Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. She earned a 10 on the event to finish her fourth career gym slam.

Graduate student Trinity Thomas is no stranger to success. 

She made history against the No. 17 Georgia Bulldogs. Her performance helped the Florida Gators’ gymnastics program to the longest regular-season winning streak in Southeastern Conference history. 

The No. 2 Florida Gators (6-0) competed at home against Georgia (5-4) Friday night for the Gators’ alumni night. The Gators finished with a score of 197.900, edging out Georgia, which finished with a score of 196.850. 

The Gators won all four events and put on a show for the sold-out Stephen C. O’Connell Center. This is Florida’s third sold-out crowd this season; there were 9,586 people in attendance.

Thomas achieved history as the only gymnast in NCAA history to get four gym slams. She earned her fourth career gym slam — when a gymnast scores a perfect 10 on every event — after she earned a 10.0 on the vault. 

Despite her recent success, Thomas said she hasn’t always excelled in the vault.

“I think it is something that took time, and I needed to build my confidence on it,” Thomas said.

Freshman Kayla DiCello had a standout performance this evening after claiming her third SEC weekly honor of the season. DiCello scored a 9.900 in uneven bars and beam.

Junior Victoria Nguyen tied with Thomas at 9.925 for a win in the floor routine. Nguyen transferred to Florida from Georgia after she spent two seasons with the Bulldogs. 

“To be honest, I was all in for the Gators,’ Nguyen said. “When you are in the O’Dome, it feels like a family,” Nguyen said.

Florida head coach Jenny Rowland said she was grateful to coach the Gators and watch them grow.   

“It is a great testament to the team as how dedicated they are inside and outside of the gym,” Rowland said. 

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Thomas led the Gators to a win in vault with a score of 10.0. Sophomore Leanne Wong and Thomas tied for first in uneven bars with a score of 9.975. Wong secured another win in beam with a score of 9.925. Nguyen and Thomas tied in floor with a score of 9.925. Wong added another all-around win to her record with a score of 39.650.

Florida finished with a score of 49.425 in vault, and Georgia got a score of 49.200. In uneven bars, the Gators earned a score of 49.575; the Bulldogs trailed close behind with a score of 49.350.

For beam, Florida ended with a 49.475 to beat Georgia’s 49.075. UF finished with a score of 49.425, while the Bulldogs earned a score of 49.225.

Florida’s next meet will be against the No. 23 Arkansas Razorbacks. The teams will face off at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 3 in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The match will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

Contact Jori Rzepecki at jrzepecki@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @jorirzepecki.

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Jori Rzepecki

Jori Rzepecki is a first-year journalism major and the Gymnastics reporter for The Alligator. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching television shows and reading books.


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