Leah Smith - Gymnastics - Arkansas Razorbacks

Leah Smith

AA | Senior | 5-1 | Houston, Texas | World Champions Centre

Personal Bests
VT: 9.950 (2x), last at Fayetteville Regional Final, April 6, 2024
UB: 9.925 vs Nebraska, March 15, 2024
BB: 9.900 (2x), last vs. Georgia, Feb. 25, 2022
FX: 9.950 (2x), last vs. Nebraska, March 15, 2024
AA: 39.425 (2x), last at Elevate the Stage, March 6, 2022

Junior Season (2024)
Was in every vault and floor rotation for Arkansas in 2024… Concluded her junior season as an All-American after scoring a 9.8875 on vault at the NCAA Championships on April 18… Earned five marks of 9.900+ on vault during the season, including a 9.950 at the Fayetteville Regional Final on April 6, which matched her career high and was the second time she’s earned a perfect score for her Yurchenko full… Had two vault event titles on the season… Notched five floor scores of 9.900+, including a 9.950 against Nebraska on March 15 to match her career high… Scored a 9.875 on floor at SEC Championships, good for All-SEC honors… Made her bars season debut against Nebraska on March 15 and scored a career-high 9.925

Sophomore Season (2023)
Appeared in nine meets for Arkansas, nine times in the vault lineup and seven times in the floor lineup… Notched a career high of 9.950 on floor against LSU on Jan. 27, which helped lead Arkansas to a season high of 49.575 on the event and a new program record score of 197.475… Scored 9.850+ on floor six of seven times… Earned a new career high 9.950 on vault at Kentucky on Feb. 17, the best possible score for a Yurchenko full vault and Arkansas’ first perfect mark ever… Her 9.950 was also good for a share of first place and helped push the Hogs to a new program record of 49.525 on vault

Freshman Season (2022)
SEC All-Freshman Team honoree (UB, AA)… Competed all-around eight times in her rookie season… Made collegiate debut on Jan. 14 against Auburn, placed third all-around with a score of 39.175… Set a career high of 9.900 on balance beam at Florida… Placed in the top five in all events against SEMO and notched a new career high on floor of 9.875 along with matching her bars best of 9.850… Took home the all-around title against SEMO with a score of 39.425, Arkansas’ first freshman all-around crown since 2020 and highest all-around score by a freshman since Kennedy Hambrick posted a 39.425 in 2019… Placed top five on vault against Kentucky (9.825)… Took third all-around at Missouri Tri-Meet (Feb. 20) with a 38.750… Finished third on vault and set a new career high at Alabama (March 4) with a 9.875… Matched her new high on vault two days later at Elevate the Stage with a 9.875, also matched her bars high of 9.850 and set a new best on floor of 9.900 en route to a 39.425 all-around score, which tied her career high and placed her in fourth… Tied for third on floor at Denver Quad with a 9.875 mark and placed sixth all-around (39.225)… Posted the top freshman bars (9.825) and all-around (38.825) scores of the afternoon session at SECs to earn SEC All-Freshman Team honors… Bounced back from an injury on day one to lead off the bars lineup at the Norman regional final and scored a 9.850 to tie for eighth

Prior to Arkansas
The Spring, Texas-native recently won the crown for the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup, delivering the highest scoring floor routine of the competition in a clutch fourth-rotation performance, finishing with a 38.800. Smith also had an impressive showing at the 2021 National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. finishing first on floor and second in the all-around competition.

She has won five Texas championships in the last two years, including two on vault and two on floor. She also has earned multiple Level 10 regional championships, earning beam and all-around championships in 2019 and a vault championship in 2018. In 2019, Smith finished fifth in the country on vault and seventh on beam at the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships.

Training at World Champions Centre since last summer, Smith has blossomed into a consistent all arounder, scoring over 39 points twice and posting a perfect 10.000 on floor and 9.950s on vault and bars. Prior to training at World Champions Centre, she trained at AIM School and Gymnastics.