The University of Florida Gators fell just short of capturing their fourth NCAA women’s gymnastics title on Saturday. In one of the closest and most thrilling finishes in NCAA team final history, the Gators finished as the runner-up to the Oklahoma Sooners by a slim margin of 0.15 points. However, the meet was highlighted by Gator superstar Trinity Thomas, who tied the NCAA record with her 28th career perfect 10 on vault.
Thomas, a senior from York, Pennsylvania, has been a star for the Gators since she arrived on campus in 2019. She has won numerous awards and accolades, including the 2021 Honda Sports Award for gymnastics, which recognizes the top women’s athlete in each sport. Thomas has excelled on all four events and has earned a Gym Slam (a perfect 10 on all four events) multiple times in her career.
In addition to Thomas’ perfect 10 on vault, Florida had other impressive performances, including Kayla DiCello and Leanne Wong’s 9.975 on uneven bars. The Gators’ team scores on beam and vault were also program bests for NCAA team final competition. With the second place finish, the Gators end the season as one of the top teams in the country and will look to build on their success next year with a strong recruiting class.
In conclusion, the Gators put on an incredible performance at the NCAA women’s gymnastics team finals, and although they fell short of their ultimate goal, they achieved some remarkable feats. Trinity Thomas’ record-tying performance will go down in NCAA history, and the Gator Nation should be proud of all that this team accomplished in the 2023 season.
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