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UF Gymnastics announces 4 All-Americans, SEC community service award, and new signee

Alyssa Baumann
Photo credit: Jessica Seldner

Courtesy of UF Athletic Association

Four Gator gymnasts earn WCGA Regular-Season All-America honors

Four Gators–Alyssa Baumann, Rachel Gowey, Savannah Schoenherr and Trinity Thomas–are among the 2020 Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) regular-season All-America list. This is the eighth year the WCGA recognizes regular-season All-Americans.

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Final national qualifying scores (NQS) in the Road to Nationals rankings determines the WCGA All-Americans. The top eight gymnasts on each event and the all-around receive first-team honors, and gymnasts Nos. 9-16 receive second-team honors with all ties included.

Four Gators claimed nine WCGA All-America honors – the nation’s No. 2 number of total 2020 honors for a program.

Gator 2020 All-Americans

Nine WCGA All-America honors went to the Gators. Thomas is one of three in the nation to collect the maximum five All-America honors – all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She is the second Gator to earn five regular-season All-America honors, joining Gator Great Bridget Sloan in 2016 and 2014.

Baumann appears on the balance beam and floor exercise lists, bringing her career total of regular-season All-America honors to four.

Gowey earns her second regular-season All-America for balance beam (2018, 2020). Schoenherr collects her first regular-season All-America honors for uneven bars.

Amelia Hundley named to SEC Community Service team

Senior Amelia Hundley is part of the 2020 Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Community Service, announced yesterday by the league office.

Each of the SEC’s eight gymnastics programs places a gymnast who gives back to her community through exemplary service efforts on the team. Each of the 21 sports the league sponsors has its own Community Service Team.

Since fall 2019 classes began, Hundley leads the Gator gymnasts with 45 community service hours.

She’s made 14 visits to local schools to lead elementary students in active study breaks dubbed ‘Brain Breaks’ by the participants. Hundley also helped at the Hidden Oak Carnival.

At the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event last fall at Celebration Pointe, Hundley led the walker’s warm-up session.

She also led the warm-up and was part of the staff for the 2019 Harvest Food Drive. At the annual event, aspiring gymnasts can join the Gators for a gymnastics clinic. Admission is six non-perishable food items, and the team contributed almost 900 pounds of food items to a local food after the 2019 event.

Hundley helped distribute shoes at local elementary schools as part of the annual Florida student-athlete led Gator Tracks. Gator student-athletes purchased and distributed more than 400 pairs of shoes to local children in December of 2019.

The Gator gymnastics team served a meal to the residents of Gainesville’s Hope Lodge in the spring of 2019 and 2020.

Chloi Clark to Join 2021 Gator Gymnastics Team

Florida’s 2021 gymnastics class adds another – Chloi Clark of Denver, Colo. Clark received notification last Friday that she’s among those admitted to the University of Florida. She plans to add student-athlete to her UF dossier by joining the Gator gymnastics team.

Clark graduates from St. Mary’s Academy this spring and is coached by Tatianna Kondratova and Yury Kastev at Gymtegrity Gymnastics in Denver, Colo.

“We are thankful Chloi made the decision to be a Gator. Chloi not only brings three strong events to the upcoming Gator team, but also a charismatic attitude of determination and grit plus a burning desire to help make this team even better. Her solid, clean and classic style of gymnastics will make an impression in the NCAA, especially on vault, bars and floor,” Florida Head Coach Jenny Rowland said. “Chloi is sure to win the hearts of Gator Nation and make an impactful statement starting day one.”

She is the fourth who plans to join the Gators for the 2021 season. In November, Riley McCusker signed with the Gators. The four-time member of the U.S. Senior National Team is pursuing a spot on the U.S. Olympic roster. In January, two announced they were graduating a year early to join the Gator team in 2021 – Gabrielle Gallentine and Ellie Lazzari.

Another U.S. Senior National Team member signed with Florida in November. Morgan Hurd, the 2017 World all-around champion, is also seeking a U.S Olympic berth. She will defer UF enrollment until 2022 season as she pursues a spot on the U.S.’s 2021 World Championships team.