Tigard's Gailey, Goodell make college choices
TIGARD — Two different sports.
Two different parts of the country.
But the same excitement, joy and promise for the future.
That's how it was when Tigard High School seniors Victoria Gailey and Spencer Goodall signed their college national letters of intent in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd Nov. 8 at the school.
"I'm so excited," Gailey said. "This is like a dream come true."
Gailey signed her letter of intent to play golf for the University of Nevada. Goodell signed to compete with the men's gymnastics team at the University of Oklahoma.
"It's pretty crazy," Goodell said with a smile. "I started this when I was pretty young, when I was three. And I kept at it. This means everything."
A tradition of success seems to be at least one of the reasons why Goodell chose Oklahoma.
"They're the three-time defending national champions," he said. "They have a world champion, and an Olympic team coach."
Goodell is one of three recruits signed by the Sooners during the November signing period.
"In general, this is a good class of guys," Oklahoma men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams said in a release on the university's web site. "I'm hoping we can remain at the top of the NCAA team competitions with their addition to our program."
Goodell will be taking some strong credentials with him to Oklahoma. While training at OMEGA Gymnastics in Beaverton, Goodell earned Junior National Team status and was named a Future Stars National Team member.
Earlier this year, Goodell won state and regional championships while also finishing 17th at the JE Nationals. He also qualified for the 2017 P&G Championships, where he finished eighth in the all-around competition.
"It looks like potentially Spencer can be someone who also does a tremendous job as an all-around gymnast for us," Williams said. "He's had some experience working with former Soviet Union great Dmitry Bilozerchev as well. Spencer looks to have a tremendous upside to developing more difficult routines to his gymnastics. I'm really looking forward to being able to work with him over the next four years."
Goodell seems to be looking forward to that, as well.
"I'm already friends with a lot of guys on the team," he said. "I'm going to continue to keep working hard, upping my skills."
In college gymnastics, where the competition is more team-based, Goodell was recruited as an all-around competitor.
"I want to fit in where ever the team needs me," he said.
Gailey also is looking forward to competing at the next level.
"Oh, this means everything to me," she said. "This feels like the place where I want to be."
She added that she committed to the University of Nevada back in July.
"I love the girls there, and it's a beautiful campus," said Gailey, who added that she plans to study chemistry at Nevada. "I'm super excited to be going there. I have everything checked off."
Gailey has been a standout on the golf course for Tigard the past three years.
Last year, as a Tiger junior, she tied for fifth place at the Class 6A state tournament. She finished 10th as both a freshman and sophomore.
Gailey also was the Three Rivers League Player of the Year in 2016. She also won the TRL district tournament title in 2015.
"I'm going to continue working hard," she said. "I love the golf program there. It will push me."