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Thomas Balances NCAA, International Careers
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U.S. national team member Trinity Thomas said she looks forward to returning to elite competition following her successful, just-finished freshman season competing for the University of Florida.

“I’m planning on doing summer meets and taking it step by step,” said Thomas following her performance at last weekend’s 2019 NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, where she competed on uneven bars and floor exercise.

Thomas, who said she plans to attend an upcoming U.S team training camp, relishes her experience as a member of the U.S. and University of Florida squads.

“To represent the U.S. is super incredible, and I’ve met so many people and been to so many places, so (it’s) really cool,” she said in a recent episode of “Gator Tales,” the official podcast of the Florida Gators.

Thomas likewise praised her teammates at Florida. “This team is just amazing,” she said. “They have pushed me and I know I have pushed them.”

Following her performance at NCAAs, she referred to the Florida team as a family.

“The coaches are so encouraging and loving and they just want what’s best for you,” said Thomas, who was named Southeastern Conference Freshman Gymnast of the Year in a vote of the league coaches. “I’ve been having the time of my life.”

Thomas, who turned 18 on April 7, trained under coaches Tony and Jen Fatta at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, prior to enrolling at Florida.

Last year she placed second all-around at the World Cup of Tokyo, second all-around at the Senior Pan American Championships in Peru, and eighth all-around at the U.S. Championships. She was fourth all-around, third on balance beam and third on floor exercise at the 2017 P&G (U.S.) Championships.

Thomas’s athletic versatility extends beyond her roles on the U.S. and Florida gymnastics teams. In her final year of high school she competed in track and diving, and finished second at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 2A Diving Championships.

With a return to international competition and a second season at Florida on her agenda, Thomas said she can and will improve.

“I know I’m not as good as I can be,” she said. “I want to keep getting better and keep working hard.”

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