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2022 SEC Gymnastics Awards Announced

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 23,2022)  - The Southeastern Conference announced its annual gymnastics awards, voted on by the head coaches from each institution, for the 2022 season.

Trinity Thomas of Florida was chosen the SEC Gymnast of the Year, and Derrian Gobourne of Auburn and Sienna Schreiber of Missouri were tabbed the Event Specialists of the Year. Sunisa Lee of Auburn was named the Freshman of the Year, and Shannon Welker of Missouri was selected the SEC Coach of the Year.

Thomas is the nation's only gymnast with All-America first-team honors for each apparatus in the 2022 Women's Collegiate  2022 SEC Gymnastics Championship, Thomas claimed titles in the all-around (39.825), vault and floor exercise (9.975) to gain tion (WCa spot on the All-SEC Team. She leads the nation in 2022 with top all-around total (Gymnastics AssociaGA) regular-season awards. She earned a spot on the first team for vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. At the39.85) and six 10.0s (three floor exercise, two vault, one balance beam). Her SEC all-around total (39.825) equals the nation's No. 2 total for the 2022 season. Thomas completed her Gym Slam with a 10.0 on vault to secure the win versus Alabama during the regular season. Against Arkansas, she earned the nation's first 10.0 on balance beam and won the vault with a 9.975. Thomas claimed at least a share of every event title versus Oklahoma, including her second consecutive 10.0 on floor and the nation's leading all-around total (39.85). She was named the SEC Gymnast of Week once and the SEC Specialist of the Week four times this season. Thomas is Florida's career leader with 14 perfect marks and owns Florida's career event titles record with 99. She leads Florida in 2022 with 25 event wins (7 vault, 5 beam, 5 floor, 4 bars & 4 all-around) and is a finalist for the AAI Award, which is given to nation's top senior gymnast.

Gobourne has had an outstanding senior season, garnering SEC Specialist of the Week honors following big performances vs. Florida and at Elevate the Stage. She earned All-SEC recognition after a pair of runner-up finishes at the 2022 SEC Gymnastics Championships. Gobourne finished in a tie for second on bars (9.95) and floor (9.95). She has won six floor titles and three bars titles this season. Gobourne has competed on vault, bars and floor in every meet this year. She has nine scores of 9.9 or better on floor, where she ranks third in the SEC and seventh nationally with a 9.955 NQS. The first 10.0 of her career came on floor against Florida, helping the Tigers tie the SEC champion with a 198.575. In addition, Gobourne has six scores of 9.9 or better on bars, including a career-high 9.975. She tied her career best on vault this season with a 9.95 on the road at LSU. Gobourne has seven scores of 9.875 or better in the event.

Schreiber helped the Tigers earn a fourth-place finish at the 2022 SEC Gymnastics Championships with a program-best championship score of 196.875. She tied for second place on the balance beam with a 9.95, the highest score of the first session of the championships. During her junior campaign, Schreiber has earned a team-high nine event titles, including five on beam. She has collected 19 event titles during her collegiate career. Schreiber is currently ranked fifth in the conference on the balance beam and tied for 11th place nationally, owning an NQS of 9.935 on the event and a 9.920 average. She tied her career high of 9.90 on vault in the quad meet against Illinois, Iowa State and Lindenwood on March 12. Schreiber also posted season-highs of 9.90 on bars against Florida on February 4 and on floor in the tri-meet against Arkansas and Missouri on February 20.

Lee has helped the 2022 Tigers set many records, including overall team score (198.575). With her help, seven of the team's top 10 program scores have come this season. The squad has also broken or tied several records: highest road score (197.750, twice), vault (t-49.500), bars (49.675), beam (49.750) and floor (49.800). Individually, Lee has been named SEC Gymnast of the Week three times and SEC Freshman of the Week twice. She became Auburn's first SEC Champion since 1994 when she won the conference bars title with a perfect 10.0. Lee also earned All-SEC recognition on floor where she finished in a tie for second with a 9.95. She set the Auburn all-around record with a 39.825. Six of her all-around scores rank in the top 10 in program history. Lee has won seven all-around titles, 10 bars titles, six beam titles, three floor titles and one vault this season. She became the first Auburn gymnast to record a 10.0 since 2004 and has four on the season - two on bars and two on beam. Lee ranks first in the SEC in the all-around (39.750), bars (9.970) and beam (9.980) and is tied for fourth on floor (9.950).

In his ninth season at the helm of the Tigers, Welker led his program to its highest score and finish at the SEC Gymnastics Championships last week with a final score of 196.875, good for fourth place. The fourth-place finish surpassed last year's finish in sixth place and the team score topped the 196.125 recorded at the 2021 SEC Championships. Missouri earned the No. 11 seed in the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. The Tigers will compete in the Raleigh Regional, hosted by North Carolina State University, and will face No. 6 LSU, Iowa and host NC State in the second round on March 31.

2022 SEC Gymnastics Awards

Gymnast of the Year: Trinity Thomas, Florida

Co-Event Specialists of the Year: Derrian Gobourne, Auburn and Sienna Schreiber, Missouri

Freshman of the Year: Sunisa Lee, Auburn

Coach of the Year: Shannon Welker, Missouri


All-SEC

Shania Adams, Alabama

Luisa Blanco, Alabama

Makarri Doggette, Alabama

Kennedy Hambrick, Arkansas

Sarah Shaffer, Arkansas

Aria Brusch, Auburn

Derrian Gobourne, Auburn

Sophia Groth, Auburn

Sunisa Lee, Auburn

Alyssa Baumann, Florida

Nya Reed, Florida

Megan Skaggs, Florida

Trinity Thomas, Florida

Leanne Wong, Florida

Victoria Nguyen, Georgia

Arianna Patterson, Kentucky

Raena Worley, Kentucky

Haleigh Bryant, LSU

Amari Celestine, Missouri

Helen Hu, Missouri

Jocelyn Moore, Missouri

Sienna Schreiber, Missouri

Alisa Sheremeta, Missouri


All-Freshman

Lilly Hudson, Alabama

Kalyxta Gamiao, Arkansas

Leah Smith, Arkansas

Sunisa Lee, Auburn

Leanne Wong, Florida

Jillian Procasky, Kentucky

KJ Johnson, LSU

Amari Celestine, Missouri

Jocelyn Moore, Missouri