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Florida at Penn State

By David F. Pendrys [Modest Photo Gallery] [Results from Penn State]

State College, PA – The rule of threes was in full effect Saturday afternoon in Rec Hall as three Penn State Seniors were honored, three Florida gymnasts hit perfect scores, and one of these, was Pennsylvania’s own Trinity…Thomas who had a massive cheering section on hand.

Tess McCracken, Erynne Allen, and Kristen Politz all made appearances during the afternoon meet before the ceremony honoring their time at PSU. McCracken’s 9.950 on Beam was good enough to tie for second on the event, and she also put up solid 9.85s on Bars and Floor as her successful season continues. Politz flipped to a 9.800 on the FX and Allen contributed as 9.775 as the three seniors were all major parts of the team’s Floor result. Politz also performed an exhibition routine on Bars and Allen appeared on Vault. The entire Penn State squad wrapped up the meet with a total of 196.225.

The Seniors spoke about the day after the meet.

As for Florida, Thomas, in front of a very friendly crowd, finally got her Floor perfect 10, but that was not all. Earlier in the meet, Sierra Alexander hit a 9.950 on Vault, which was the maximum score possible, and in the final rotation of the meet Rachel Gowey smashed her Beam routine for another perfect 10 on the day! When all was said and done #2 Florida, the reigning regular season SEC champions, had a 198.1 total score.

Thomas reacted to the ten, the day, and more after the meet, as a surreal crowd of fans grew around her.

Alexander won Vault, Thomas took second with a 9.9, and Savannah Schoenherr and Megan Skaggs also of Florida took third with 9.875s. Cassidy Rushlow had Penn State’s best score of 9.850 and Lauren Bridgens was right behind her with a 9.825.

Schoenherr and Thomas shared the Bars crown with 9.95s, and Gowey had a 9.925 for third place. McCracken and Skaggs had the third best scores of the meet with Rushlow and Florida’s Payton Richards each having 9.825s to place right behind them.

Gowey’s 10 on Beam naturally earned her first on Beam, as McCracken and Alyssa Baumann of UF shared second. Leah Clapper of the Gators had a 9.925. Right at her heels was Bridgens and Richards with 9.9s.

Thomas took the Floor with her 10, and the other four Gators whose scores counted were second as Gowey, Nya Reed, Baumann, and Schoenherr all had 9.925s. McCracken and Melissa Astarita each had 9.85s for the Nittany Lions.

Thomas also posted a 39.525 to win the All Around as Bridgens put together a 38.425.

Connecticut native Alissa Bonsall contributed on three events for PSU scoring the highest on Floor with her 9.825, but also putting up a 9.750 on Vault and a 9.725 on Bars.

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