Leah Smith began gymnastics at the age of six when she was enrolled in a gymnastics class; she instantly fell in love with the sport. Leah began competing at the age of seven as a level 3 with Rowland-Ballard School. Leah finished her level 3 season at the District 5 Championships where she placed third on floor. The next season, Leah competed level 4 and went on to place second on bars and floor and third all around at the Texas South State Championships. Leah’s last year of compulsory took place in 2012 as a level 5. Leah had a great showing at the South State Championships where she won the floor title and placed second all around. At the Texas Level 5 State Championships, Leah placed seventh all around with a 38.325.

In 2014, Leah competed level 7 and completed her season at the Texas State Championships. After her level 7 season, Leah began training at AIM Athletics and competed level 8 during the 2015 season. Leah had a successful season and finished first on floor and fourth all around at State. Leah also qualified to regionals where she placed second on vault and bars. Leah began her 2016 level 9 season at the Alamo Classic where she won the vault and beam titles. Throughout the season, Leah continued to improve; she placed first on vault and second all around at regionals and qualified to the Western National Championships where she won the vault title and placed fifth all around. Leah went undefeated on vault as a level 9.

Leah did not compete in 2017 and began competing level 10 in 2018 at the Chow’s Challenge where she placed first on vault and third all around. At the Texas State Championships, Leah won the vault and floor titles and placed fourth all around. Leah finished her 2018 season at the Region 3 Championships as the Region 3 vault champion.

Currently, Leah trains 30 hours per week under coaches Debbie Kaitschuck, Deana Parish, and JP Lavachery at AIM Athletics. Leah is verbally committed to the University of California - Berkely, and intends to join their gymnastics team in the Fall of 2021. Ultimately, Leah wants to become a pediatric surgeon.

2018 Texas State Championships Level 10 vault & floor champion
2018 Region 3 Championships Level 10 vault champion
2016 Region 3 Championships Level 9 vault champion, AA silver medalist & floor bronze medalist
2016 Level 9 Western Championships vault champion
2016 America's Top 100: Level 9 Vault, Floor & AA
2015 Texas State Championships Level 8 floor champion
2015 Region 3 Championships Level 8 vault & beam silver medalist
2015 America's Top 100: Level 8 Vault, Beam & Floor
2012 Texas South State Championships Level 5 floor champion, AA silver medalist & beam bronze medalist
2011 Texas South State Championships Level 4 bars & floor silver medalist; AA bronze medalist
University of California Berkeley Commit
University of California Berkeley Commit
Region 3 Championships Level 10 vault champion
Texas State Championships Level 10 vault & floor champion
America's Top 100: Level 9 Vault, Floor & AA
Level 9 Western Championships vault champion
Region 3 Championships Level 9 vault champion, AA silver medalist & floor bronze medalist
America's Top 100: Level 8 Vault, Beam & Floor
Region 3 Championships Level 8 vault & beam silver medalist
Texas State Championships Level 8 floor champion
Texas South State Championships Level 5 floor champion, AA silver medalist & beam bronze medalist
Texas South State Championships Level 4 bars & floor silver medalist; AA bronze medalist

Favorite Event: Vault

Favorite Skill: Yurchenko 1.5

Favorite Gymnast: Ariana Guerra

Favorite Meet: Chow's Challenge

Favorite Quote:
"For every setback, God has a major comeback."

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