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UF Gymnastics: Florida’s Ann Woods Smith to be Inducted into CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

Ann Woods Smith (left) receives a 2007 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award from Dr. Ruth Alexander. In 2021, Woods receives another honor as she will become the seventh Gator inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY MARY HOWARD

Gator Great gymnast Ann Woods Smith will be inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame this summer as a member of the 2021 class.

Smith is Florida’s seventh overall selection into the Academic Hall of Fame. Smith is the fourth gymnast to join the Academic Hall of Fame, and half of them are Gators. All-American Elfi Schlegel was part of the 2013 class.

Smith joins Florida State football All-American Dr. Myron Rolle, McDaniel College dual athlete (volleyball and softball) Dr. Nicki Pesik and four-time Super Bowl champion Adam Vinatieri of South Dakota State as 2021 inductees.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be recognized in a ceremony Wednesday, June 9, at 7 p.m., during CoSIDA’s virtual convention.

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Ann Woods Smith as a Gator

Smith joined the Gator gymnastics team in the fall of the 1979 season after competing at Clarion State her freshman year. In her senior season, Smith claimed the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) all-around, uneven bars, and floor exercise national titles to lead Florida to the national AIAW team crown. She also competed at the first NCAA Gymnastics Championships in 1982, taking third in the vault final.

A seven-time All-American at UF, Smith was named recipient of the 1982 Broderick Award as the top collegiate female athlete in the sport of gymnastics. Her 20 Gator all-around victories still stands fifth on the Florida gymnastics career chart.

She was a 1982 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. Smith graduated with honors from UF in 1982, receiving a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Smith received her master’s degree from UF in 1985.

In 2007, Woods Smith received a NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The Silver Anniversary Award recognizes former student-athletes for going on to excel in their professions and lead distinguished lives 25 years after graduation.

After many years as a communications executive in the healthcare industry, Smith is currently the vice president of the health group for a global public relations firm. She is the 2021 Academic All-America Hall of Fame honorary inductee.

She will join these Gators in the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame (year inducted)

  *   Carlos Alvarez (1988/football)
  *   Tracy Caulkins Stockwell (1997/swimming)
  *   Cris Collinsworth (2001/football)
  *   Dr. Megan Neyer (2011/diving)
  *   Elfi Schlegel (2013/gymnastics)
  *   Danny Wuerffel (2015/football)