— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 16, 2023
With that feat, Thomas became the first Black gymnast to tie the all-time record, as Jamie Dantzscher of UCLA and Jenny Hansen of Kentucky are the only other two gymnasts with 28 perfect 10 performances. Thomas tied a record that has stood for 20 years, as Dantzscher’s college career ended in 2003.
“I was not focused on that at all,” Thomas told “ESPN” about tying the record. “I was focused on being out here one last time with my team. They mean the world to me. We left it all out here on the floor and I could not be more proud of us.”
Thomas’ final perfect college performance also comes weeks after she suffered a leg injury on March 31.
PERFECT 10.@Gym_Trin's last career vault, is perfect.
— Gators Gymnastics (@GatorsGym) April 15, 2023
During championship weekend, a fan also pointed out how Thomas was the last athlete in the arena who stayed to sign fan autographs.
Trinity Thomas stayed the LATEST in the arena to sign all of these shirts 😭 pic.twitter.com/oxMGDzsTRG
— Liviefromparis 🇫🇷🤸♀️🤸♀️ (@ILoovEnglish) April 16, 2023