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Florida goes back-to-back as SEC gymnastics champs

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Picture: Michael Wade

DULUTH, Ga. – A meet-record crew rating provides Florida gymnastics a sweep of 2023 Southeastern Convention trophies Saturday.

The Gators received the SEC Championship meet in entrance of a sellout Gasoline South Area crowd of 9,544 with a 198.425 – erasing the earlier excessive of 198.375 set by Georgia’s 1997 crew. Alabama was second (197.925), adopted by LSU (197.80), Kentucky (197.675), Auburn (197.10), Missouri (197.00), Arkansas (196.825) and Georgia (196.60).

A Gator received not less than a share of every of the meet’s 5 particular person occasion titles. Gator Tremendous Senior Trinity Thomas defended her all-around title (39.80) and used the one 10.0s of the meet to win uneven bars and flooring train. Leanne Wong equaled her near-perfect successful mark from the 2022 SEC meet to efficiently defend her steadiness beam title. Fellow sophomore Sloane Blakely shared the vault title at 9.95.


Florida trailed Kentucky by 0.025 after the opening rotation, however used the night’s highest crew totals on the following three occasions to maneuver into first for the rest of the competitors.

The Gators have been led by a pair of sophomores on the crew’s opening occasion. Sloane Blakely’s head bobbed aspect to aspect after sticking her touchdown to ship the message to her celebrating teammates that her vault was a very good one. Her 9.95 was amongst a four-way tie for the SEC vault title. Leanne Wong additionally turned in a 9.90 to tie for seventh.

Thomas’ 10.0 win on uneven bars led a Gator lineup that noticed all six put up a mark of 9.9 or higher. Wong and Victoria Nguyen turned in marks of 9.95 to be amongst a four-way tie for second general. Blakely, Kayla DiCello and Riley McCusker all posted 9.90s to share eighth. Florida’s bars complete of 49.70 equals the meet document set by Georgia in 2014.

Florida held a slight 0.15 lead on the meet’s midpoint.

For the second consecutive yr, Leanne Wong used a near-perfect 9.975 to win steadiness beam. DiCello shared second general with three others at 9.95. Marks of 9.9 or higher went towards Florida’s steadiness beam complete of 49.675, which is simply off the meet document of 49.70 set by the Gators in 2022.

An ideal 10.0 gave Thomas her second consecutive SEC flooring train title. DiCello matched her collegiate-best of 9.95 to share second with three others at 9.95.

Florida’s three all-arounders completed among the many meet’s high six. Thomas used a 39.80 to take her second consecutive all-around win. Wong shared fourth (39.625) and DiCello was the highest freshman all-arounder, taking sixth at 39.60.


  • Gators are 12-time SEC Championship meet winners: 1982, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’89, ’07, ’10, ’12, ’13, ’16, ’22, ’23
  • Florida is the one program with not less than one particular person occasion title in every of the final 12 SEC Championship meets. Fourteen Gators collected 35 occasion titles for the reason that 2011 SEC Championship meet.
  • Solely two Gators received three particular person titles in a single SEC meet – Melissa Miller (1988) and Thomas (2022 & 2023)
  • Trinity Thomas & Kentucky Jenny Hansen (1994) are solely gymnast with two 10.0s in a single SEC Championship
  • Trinity Thomas is seventh in meet historical past – and the fourth Gator – to win consecutive SEC all-around titles
  • Trinity Thomas is one among three within the SEC Championships’ 42-year historical past with an ideal mark on uneven bars. Gator Nice Bridget Sloan was the primary in 2015 and Auburn’s Sunisa Lee was the second in 2022.
  • It was an incredible vaulting week for sophomore Sloane Blakely. She set her collegiate-best of 9.975 Sunday at Florida’s regular-season finale on the Texas Girl’s College quad. Tonight’s 9.95 equals the second-highest vault of her collegiate profession.
  • Of the 16 Gators to say a SEC steadiness beam title, Leanne Wong is one among three to win consecutive titles (Lynn McDonnell – 1981 & 1982; Alyssa Baumann – 2018, 2019, 2021). She is one among seven in meet historical past to repeat as beam champ.
  • A Gator has received all-around in every of UF’s 11 meets this season. Thomas and Wong have 5 wins every and DiCello has one.
  • The SEC started awarding a SEC regular-season title in 2017. The 2023 Gators are the fourth crew to comb each the regular-season and championship meet title in the identical season (becoming a member of LSU in 2017 & 2018; Florida in 2022).
  • Florida’s successful margin of 0.500 is the best since Georgia’s 0.700 win in 1999.
  • The Gators’ season-best 198.425 equals the third-highest complete in program’s 51-season historical past. It shares the nation’s No. 4 complete of the 2023 season.
  • That is Florida’s second SEC Championship win within the six occasions the meet appeared in Duluth, Ga. The primary was in 2012.
  • Collegiate bests tonight: Kayla DiCello: flooring (9.95); Victoria Nguyen: 9.95 (bars); Trinity Thomas: 10.0 (bars), 10.0 (flooring)


“The crew’s going to remove a whole lot of reminiscences from tonight. Initially from as we speak, we had nice normmentum. That is the Gator-created phrase that was our phrase for the week. It means the act of being regular and creating momentum on the identical time. They did a improbable job. And I feel that is simply going to hold them by way of the postseason.”

“The extent of competitors tonight was insane. At the moment, all day from high to backside on all 4 occasions. Actually, the SEC simply continues to show what a powerful pressure we’re. Simply actually proud to be a part of the SEC” – Florida Head Coach Jenny Rowland


Together with her good mark on uneven bars, Trinity Thomas completed her second Season Slam of her profession.

In 2022, Thomas recorded her first Season Slam with a ten.0 on uneven bars in NCAA Regional Second Spherical motion. The ten.0 tonight was her fifth of her profession on the occasion.

The ground train 10.0 was the twenty seventh of her profession. She now shares third all-time with Georgia’s Hope Spivey and is one behind the collegiate leaders of Kentucky’s Jenny Hansen and UCLA’s Jamie Dantzscher.


NCAA Regional fields are introduced Monday, March 20 at midday ET on

2023 Regional Websites

March 29, 30 & April 1

Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)

Norman, Okla. (Oklahoma)

March 30, 31 & April 2

Denver, Colo. (Denver)

Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pittsburgh)

Session II Occasion Scores

(Seed) Staff Vault Bars Beam Flooring Closing Rating 
(1) Florida 49.375 49.700 49.675 49.675 198.425
(2) LSU 49.500 49.325 49.350 49.625 197.800
(3) Kentucky 49.325 49.600 49.350 49.400 197.675
(4) Alabama 49.525 49.475 49.375 49.550 197.925


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