Florida Gators gymnastics sweeps Region 5 awards

Special report on the Florida Gators gymnastics team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gator gymnastics swept the 2020 Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) Region 5 awards. Florida is the nation’s only program to claim each of four possible 2020 region honors.

WCGA Region 5 Awards

Gymnast of the Year:

Trinity Thomas


Head Coach of the Year:

Jenny Rowland


Assistant Coaches of the Year:

Adrian Burde and Owen Field


Administrator of the Year:

Kim Green


Gymnast of the Year:
Trinity Thomas claims her second consecutive WCGA Region 5 Gymnast of the Year honor. This is the seventh consecutive season a Gator picked up the region gymnast of the year honor.


* All-America first-team for all-around, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise and second-team for vault in the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) regular-season awards – one of three in nation to claim five honors

* Set collegiate all-around best (39.825) to win title at Georgia. Nation’s third-highest total of 2020 and equals Florida record

* Only 2020 gymnast with a 10.0 in three different events:

*   14th Gator to earn a 10.0 with winning mark in LSU dual uneven bars competition
*   10.0 on balance beam versus Denver & Iowa State. Beam 10.0 again in next meet at Auburn
*   10.0 won floor exercise at Penn State. All-arounder in every meet. Owns four of 2020’s top seven all-around totals (No. T3: 39.825; No.T7: 39.775 3x)

* Final Road to Nationals event rankings: No. 1 floor exercise (9.965 NQS), No. 2 all-around (39.75), No. T2 balance beam (9.965), No. T4 uneven bars (9.945), No. 14 vault (9.90)

* Among the four finalists for the 2020 Honda Award (season’s top collegiate gymnast)

* Led Gators with 28 event wins in 2020 – eight all-around, floor, six bars, five beam, one vault. Won final seven all-around competitions of 2020.

* Eight SEC Gymnast of the Week accolades is most in a single season in the honor’s 21-year history

* Earned fourth consecutive U.S. Senior National Team spot at 2019 U.S. Championships. One of eight gymnasts since 1987 to earn a U.S. Senior National Team spot after competing earlier at that season’s NCAA Championships.

* SEC Academic Honor Roll

Coach of the Year:
Assistant Coaches of the Year:
Jenny Rowland picks up her first Region 5 Coach of the Year award in 2020.
Adrian Burde and Owen Field claim their fourth Region 5 Assistant Coaches of Year honor since 2016 and third consecutive. This is Burde’s eighth region coach of year honor since joining the Gator program for the 2007 season.

*   Florida was 10-0 in 2020 and No. 2 on final Road to Nationals standings<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__roadtonationals.com_results_standings_season_2020_10_0_5&d=DwIFAg&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=o5LKAX7slotfFMyE71jI7L22NYBIi1-KbRGNSXudTPo&m=JtnfDe3SxRDD7pMTso_NCcJ4Vou47u61iYoTdMvy45E&s=_GShwdORQLxk99uAOtkw8gQvMmzBNMDV0pNMEokI3uo&e= >.
*   The Gators won their second consecutive Southeastern Conference title with a 7-0 league record. It was UF’s first undefeated league season since 1992 when all league teams began meeting during regular season action.
*   Florida held the No. 2 position throughout the Road to Nationals rankings after being picked No. 3 in the preseason vote.
*   Gators rank in top three in each of the final event rankings – No. 1 (beam), No. 2 (floor), No. 3 (vault & floor)
*   Florida’s team total of 198.375 (Jan. 24 vs LSU) is nation’s No. 3 total for 2020 and also is No. 3 total all-time for Gator program.
*   Four Gators – Alyssa Baumann, Rachel Gowey, Savannah Schoenherr, Trinity Thomas – earned nine WCGA All-America honors<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__floridagators.com_news_2020_3_24_gymnastics-2Dfour-2Dgators-2Dearn-2Dwcga-2Dregular-2Dseason-2Dall-2Damerica-2Dhonors.aspx&d=DwIFAg&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=o5LKAX7slotfFMyE71jI7L22NYBIi1-KbRGNSXudTPo&m=JtnfDe3SxRDD7pMTso_NCcJ4Vou47u61iYoTdMvy45E&s=HRpxI9ARD7ZVMQA21qFqC3DuOhEtwbqjhzSWY8LVPwc&e= >
*   School Records Equaled in 2020:
Uneven Bars:        Trinity Thomas     10.0 (Jan. 24)
Balance Beam:    Rachel Gowey      10.0 (March 7)
Trinity Thomas     10.0 (Feb.7 & Feb. 14)
Team                     49.675 (Jan. 24 & Feb. 21)
Floor Exercise:     Trinity Thomas     10.0 (March 7)
All-Around:            Trinity Thomas     39.825 (Feb. 28)

Administrator of the Year:
Associate Athletics Director Kim Green receives her second consecutive Region 5 Administrator of the Year honor.

2020 WCGA Region Awards




Assistant Coaches



Kiya Johnson, LSU

Dana Duckworth, Alabama

Bill Lorenz & Ryan Roberts, Alabama

Robin Kelley, Alabama


Lexy Ramler, Minnesota

Tom Farden, Utah

Carly Dockendorf & Garrett Griffeth, Utah

Stuart Halsall, Denver


Sierra Brooks, Michigan

Beverly Plocki, Michigan

Scott Sherman, Maile’ana Hermelyn & Quest Hayden, Michigan

Carrie Kimball, UNH


Taylor Houchin, Nebraska

Ashley Lawson, SE Missouri State

Taylor Spears & David McCreary, Arizona

Suzanne Affeldt, Arizona


Trinity Thomas, Florida

Jenny Rowland, Florida

Adriane Burde & Owen Field, Florida

Kim Green, Florida


Kyla Ross, UCLA

Justin Howell & Liz Crandall-Howell, California

Janelle McDonald, California

Marianne Vydra, Oregon State

Andrew Spivey
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