Career Highs Pommel Horse: 15.200 (at NCAA Team Finals, 4/20/12)
2014 // Senior
Earned Academic All-Big Ten for the third year in a row ... Competed in all 11 meets on the season ... Had three top-five finishes ... Won pommel horse title against UIC.
2013 // Junior Competed in three meets, all on pommel horse ... Finished second and put up a season-best pommel horse score (14.300) against Nebraska ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2012 // Sophomore Garnered Most Improved honors at team awards banquet... Shattered his career high on pommel horse by seven tenths of a point to help the Illini post a two-point comeback to win the NCAA team title... Finished fifth on pommel horse during NCAA Team Finals to advance to the NCAA Individual Event Finals, where he placed ninth... Competed in eight meets on pommel horse... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 // Freshman Competed in nine meets on pommel horse ... Recorded a season-high score of 14.300 at the quad meet at UIC.
High School/Club Graduate of Cardinal Newman High School ... Placed first in the all-around at the 2008 Northern California State Championships ... Northern California All-Star Team Level 9 Gymnastics ... All-star team came in third at the 2008 regional championships ... Placed fourth at the regional championships on pommel horse ... Earned the Coaches Award in 2007 from his club team, Redwood Empire Gymnastics ... Four-time USMAG first-team Academic All-American ... John Henry Cardinal Newman Christian Gentleman Award recipient ... Earned Cardinal Newman first honors for overall academics in 2009 and 2010 ... Received 2010 Cardinal Newman honor medal ... Garnered the Bank of America Achievement Award for theology in 2010.
Personal Born Cole Stevenson Smith on January 11, 1992 ... Son of Clifford and Sandy Smith ... Has one younger sister, Sydney ... Majoring in psychology ... Hobbies include golfing, playing basketball and football and hanging out with friends ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as making a skill for the first time after numerous attempts at trying to make it ... Favorite athlete is Xiao Qin because "I looked up to him every time I saw his pommel horse performance at the Olympics and I was always amazed" ... Names club teammate Aj Schottstaedt as the most influential on his athletic career because "we always challenged each other on pommel horse and were very competitive with everything we did" ... Plans to go to a police academy after graduation and become a police officer and later pursue other fields of law enforcement.