Adding yet another jewel to her crown of many achievements as a Florida Gator, superstar Trinity Thomas has been named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year!
Her win marks a league-best 15 Athlete of the Year honors for Gator athletes. She’s the first gymnast to win the award since Bridget Sloan in 2016, and they are two of just 10 gymnasts to win the honor since it was split by gender in 1984. Thomas was the only gymnast nominated this year – track & field had the most female nominees at five total, while tennis and golf had the most male nominees at three apiece.
Thomas has racked up quite the list of accolades over her career. She was awarded her second Honda Cup just a few weeks ago, honoring her as the nation’s top collegiate gymnast, and there’s also the matter of the seemingly endless list of records she now holds for the Gator Gymnastics program. She recently announced that she will be staying on at Florida as a student coach for “another bonus year,” in her words, as she completes a second Masters program.
When asked about the award, Thomas was as humble as ever. “Being named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year is such an honor. The SEC is the powerhouse conference of athletics so to even be amongst the names is absolutely unbelievable. I just want to thank my teammates, my coaches, my family, everyone who has supported me in the Gator Nation. I’m so thankful for everyone that’s been along this journey.”
Head coach Jenny Rowland had high praise for her as usual, though: “Throughout her career, she put everything – both in and out of the gym – that she could for her team. The SEC Female Athlete of the Year is truly a well-earned and well-deserved honor for Trinity. Her Gator family couldn’t be more proud of her.”