Tracking the 10s by Trinity Thomas: Gymnast ties national record with final 10 of career
Update, April 15: Trinity Thomas made the record books one last time in the final vault of her college gymnastics career.
The University of Florida graduate student recorded a 10 on her vault at the NCAA Championships Saturday, tying her for the national record with the 28th perfect score of her college career.
The trademark smile came as soon as stuck her landing, and she added some tears as she was swarmed by her teammates when the score flashed on the screen.
The West York graduate had a final chance to break the tie on uneven bars, but was given a deduction on her landing for a 9.9125.
TRINITY THOMAS PERFECT 10 NO. 2️⃣8️⃣
She ties the all-time NCAA record 👏 #ThatsaW pic.twitter.com/NpoKWZGK7b
— ESPN (@espn) April 15, 2023
Update, March 31: Trinity Thomas took herself out of the floor exercise after the first run on Friday night in Pittsburgh.
The West York graduate was competing in her final NCAA gymnastics regional for second-seeded Florida. Thomas, who is the defending national champion in floor exercise, uneven bars and all-around, is wrapping up her COVID senior season as a graduate student.
Thomas completed her first pass without any apparent issues. She made a few moves on the mat and stopped after making a turn. Gymnasts normally continue their routine after a fall or stop, but Thomas did not.
There was no immediately word on her condition, but she walked gingerly off the mat with the help of her coach and trainer. Officials confirmed that Thomas went directly into the medical area after leaving the arena floor.
Bree Edwards moved into Thomas' spot for the third rotation, the vault.
Trinity Thomas won three NCAA individual gymnastic titles in 2022, one month before graduating from the University of Florida.
The West York graduate could have called it a career and focused on her graduate studies. But she took advantage of a fifth "COVID" year and has a chance to reach additional team and individual goals.
The Gators nearly won the NCAA team title last year, finishing .112 behind Oklahoma. Individually, Thomas is chasing the national record for perfect scores.
After scoring a dozen 10s last season, Thomas came into the season with 20 for her career. Kentucky's Jenny Hansen and UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher are atop the list with 28 each.
Thomas nailed a 10 in her first meet of the season to climb into a tie at 21 with former Georgia gymnasts Karin Lichey and Kim Arnold.
A perfect floor routine pulled Thomas into a tie for fourth at 22 with Maggie Nichols of Oklahoma and Kyla Ross of UCLA.
Thomas moved into sole possession of fourth place with a perfect routine on the vault in a meet against Georgia.
She moved into third place with the 26th 10 of her career in the conference championship. There is no one left between Thomas and the co-leaders at 28.
Thomas' season will be tracked here, with videos of her 10s as she inches closer to the national record.
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March 18: Thomas secured the SEC Championship all-around title with a perfect score in floor exercise.
PERFECTION! It’s a 10! 😍🟠🔵🐊🎉 @Gym_Trin #TrinityThomas #GatorGymnastics #SECChampion #SEC #UF #Gators https://t.co/TEig3RvaY5
— Ms.C (@mommak_c) March 19, 2023
Feb. 17: Her second straight perfect beam routine must have been bittersweet for Thomas. Despite have the second-highest point total of the season, the Gators lost to No. 8 LSU.
Trinity Thomas with her 25th PERFECT 🔟👑 pic.twitter.com/H116mVoRws
— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2023
Feb. 10: After near misses on vault and bars, Thomas nails her routine on the beam for her fifth 10. She scored a 39.825 to break the Florida record for most all-around wins.
TRINITY THOMAS DELIVERS HER FIFTH PERFECT 10 ON BEAM 🤩@Gym_Trin | @GatorsGym pic.twitter.com/OZD29f43Hh
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 11, 2023
Jan. 27: Thomas started the night off right, by sticking her landing and earning her fourth perfect score on the vault in a home win over Georgia.
Trinity Thomas with her 23rd PERFECT 10‼️ @GatorsGym pic.twitter.com/Nl6or9xhSN
— espnW (@espnW) January 27, 2023
Jan. 13: After Leanne Wong scored 10s on the bars and beam, Thomas followed with a 10 on the floor in No. 2 Florida's win over No. 5 Auburn..
Trinity Thomas with ANOTHER perfect 10 on the floor 🤩 #ThatsaW | @GatorsGym pic.twitter.com/b5Y11wRkKu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 14, 2023
Jan. 6: Thomas opened the season with a perfect score on the beam in Florida's win over West Virginia, Ball State and Lindenwood. She also scored wins on the uneven bars (9.95) and vault (9.925).
Florida's schedule and results
Jan. 6: Florida posted a 197.75, followed by West Virginia (194.925), Ball State (194.10) and Lindenwood (193.125).
Jan. 13: Florida defeated No. 5 Auburn 197.825 - 197.200.
Jan. 20: Florida defeated host No. 11 Alabama 197.325-196.45
Jan. 27: Florida defeated No. 17 Georgia 197.90-196.85
Feb. 3: Florida defeated host No. 18 Arkansas 197.875-197.400
Feb. 10: Florida defeated No. 15 Missouri 198.35-196.625
Feb. 17: No. LSU defeated No. 2 Florida 198.10-197.975
Feb. 24: vs. Kentucky, 5:45 p.m.
March 3: at Oklahoma, 9 p.m.
March 12: Quad meet with Texas Woman's University, Washington and NC State, 2 p.m.
March 18: SEC Championships, 3:30 and 8 p.m.
This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Florida gymnastics: Trinity Thomas' closes career with national record