Nya Reed and Trinity Thomas, seniors at the University of Florida, helped lead their No.1 ranked gymnastics team to an incredible victory No.11-ranked Alabama during NCAA’s Gym Slam match.
While defeating Alabama with a score of 197.000 – 196.925, Thomas became the 12th woman in history to ever earn a 10.0 on all four events in the midst of her college career. With such high stakes, the senior was happy to be bringing home an amazing score.
“I knew I needed a 10 on vault to finish the Gym Slam. I was like ‘I’m not leaving until I get it’, so it was so special, that moment,” she stated after the event, according to Gatorsports. “I was so happy to see a 10 come up.”
In addition to Thomas wowing the sold-out crowd of gymnastics fans with her impressive routines, fellow senior Nya Reed additionally earned herself a 10 during one of her routines. Prior to the competition, she expressed a desire to “be in the 10.0 club”, which only made her score all the more special.
“It just means the world to me,” Reed said. She went on to express her admiration for Thomas, noting that it’s special to be a part of such a historic moment in gymnastics history. She commented, “I want to be like (Thomas), I want to get that 10, I want to be like those girls that are on the wall. And now I get to be a part of it, so this moment is extremely special for me.”
Trinity Thomas discusses Rya Reed’s impressive performance
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Not only was Thomas happy to see her teammate earn a top score, but she was happy because she and Reed had been working towards the goal together. Thomas expressed the sentiments, “I saw Nya’s 10 go up, and I was like, ‘This is it.'”
“We’ve talked about going back-to-back 10s before forever, and today, literally right before we went, we said ‘let’s do it’, and her 10 came up and I gasped, and I was like, this is the moment,” she continued in reference to her teammate.
Thomas additionally included that watching Reed emerge from the competition after earning a 10 only pushed her to be more competitive in her own routine. “Every time I see any of my teammates, but especially the one before me, do great, it makes me think I have to finish this off,” she explained.
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