West York's Trinity Thomas places 8th at national championships, earns spot on U.S. Team

Trinity Thomas competes on the balance beam at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • West York's Trinity Thomas placed eighth overall at the U.S. Championships this past weekend.
  • For the third straight year, Thomas earned her spot on the U.S. National Team.
  • Simone Biles won the national championship in a landslide, sweeping all four events.

It was a busy weekend for West York's Trinity Thomas.

The 17-year-old competed in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, placing eighth overall and earning a spot on the 2018-19 U.S. Senior National Team for the third straight year.

Thomas was in fifth place after the preliminary round but fell to eighth in the finals with an overall score of 109.60. The score is slightly lower than her 111.35 and fourth-place finish at the event last year.

Her best finish in the individual events was a fourth-place finish in the uneven bars with a score of 27.90. She also finished sixth on both the beam (27.00) and the floor exercise (26.80). She was 12th on the vault (27.90).

Thomas, who trains at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, was the only competitor from Pennsylvania at the championships. 

As expected, Simone Biles won the event at the TD Garden in Boston with a score of 119.85. 

The four-time Olympic gold medalist dominated, sweeping the four individual events to win the all-around competition by more than six points over Morgan Hurd, who won gold at the 2017 world championships. 

The gap between Biles and Hurd is the largest since 2006 and is larger than the difference between Hurd and the 11th-place finisher.

Biles took gold in the vault by more than two points and won the uneven bars, the balance beam and the floor exercise by slimmer margins. 

Along with Thomas, Biles and Hurd, the other members of the U.S. National Team are, Jade Carey, Kara Eaker, Shilese Jones, Grace McCallum and Riley McCusker. 

Thomas' eighth-place finish at the U.S. Championships comes only four months after the University of Florida freshman won a silver medal at the Tokyo World Cup in April. 

The American team that will compete at the world championships in late October and early November in Qatar is expected to be determined in September.

On Monday, USA Gymnastics announced Thomas is one of five women who will compete at the Senior Pan American Championships from Sept. 14-16 in Lima, Peru. Thomas will be joined by Carey, Eaker, Jones and McCallum, with Alyona Shchennikova serving as an alternate.

The championships serve as the qualification process for the 2019 Pan American Games. 

Reach Jacob Calvin Meyer at jmeyer@yorkdispatch.com.