Florida’s Thomas is SEC Gymnast of Year and Rowland voted Coach of Year

Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas performs on the beam Friday against LSU at Exactech Arena. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

Florida’s Trinity Thomas is the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year and Jenny Rowland is the SEC Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.

Joining Thomas, a sophomore, on the All-SEC team are teammates Rachel Gowey, a senior, and sophomore Savannah Schoenherr thanks to a vote of the league coaches.

Thomas is a member of the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-America First Team for all-around, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise and the second team for vault, making her just one of three in nation to claim the maximum five honors.

She tied the second highest all-around score this season with a 39.825 at Georgia, tying the program record with her efforts. Thomas was the only gymnast in the nation this season to record a 10.0 in three different events: on the uneven bars against LSU; on the balance beam against Denver and Iowa State and the following week at Auburn; and on the floor exercise in the season finale at Penn State.

An all-arounder in every meet in 2020, Thomas owned four of the season’s top seven all-around totals and led the Gators with 28 event wins throughout the season. A member of U.S. Senior National Team, Thomas was named the SEC Gymnast of the Week eight times during her sophomore campaign.

Rowland led the Gators to an overall record of 10-0 and their second consecutive SEC regular-season title with a 7-0 league mark, UF’s first undefeated league season since 1992. Florida finished the 2020 season ranked second in the nation (197.940 Team RQS), a spot the program held for nine consecutive weeks. The Gators led the nation on the balance beam and were also ranked second on floor and third on vault and bars.

Gowey earn her third consecutive All-SEC honor. She scored a 10 for her balance beam routine at Penn State. She equaled or set beam best three times – equaled then best of 9.95 versus Arkansas, upped to near-perfect 9.975 versus LSU and scored perfect 10.0 at PSU.

Schoenherr nearly was perfect on the uneven bars with a 9.975 that shared second against LSU. She won her first collegiate uneven bars title with 9.95 versus Denver and Iowa State. She placed among the top three bar performers in eight 2020 meets and five bars routines scored 9.90 or better – with three 9.95 or better.