Williams signs trio for 2018 class
NORMAN — Men’s gymnastics head coach Mark Williams announced Wednesday the addition of three highly touted standouts for the Sooners' 2018 signing class. Spencer Goodell, Vitaliy
“In general, this is a good class of guys,” Williams said of the cohort. “I’m hoping we can remain at the top of the NCAA team competitions with their addition to our program.”
Tigard, Ore. | OMEGA Gymnastics | USA Gym Bio
Goodell has prepped at OMEGA Gymnastics in Beaverton, Ore., for the past nine years under coach Seth Smart, where the standout trained to earn Junior National Team status and was named a Future Stars National Team member. Goodell was the state and regional champion in 2017 and finished 17th at JE Nationals earlier this year.
The Tigard, Ore., native qualified for the 2017 P&G Championships, where he finished eighth in the all-around. Goodell is the son of Tina and Shay Goodell and has a younger sister, Pia.
“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.”
Arvada, Colo. | 5280 Gymnastics | USA Gym Bio
Guimaraes trains at 5280 Gymnastics under coach Vladimir Artemev, where current OU standout Yul Moldauer trained. A four-year Junior National Team Member, Guimaraes most recently claimed a national title on vault while also taking silver in the all-around at the 2017 P&G Championships. The Arvada, Colo., product earned Junior Elite National Championship status in the all-around in 2015 and 2016 and silvered at the 2016 P&G Championships on vault.
The son of Tatiana Kondratova, Guimaraes also brings international experience to OU, earning gold on floor, silver on high bar and bronze on vault at the 2016 Junior Pan American Championships in Bolivia.
“Vitaliy is someone we expect to be an all-arounder. Coming from 5280 Gymnastics, he has a very artistic style to his gymnastics,” Williams said. “We expect great things from Vitaliy’s career as a Sooner.”
Flower Mound, Texas | Southlake Gymnastics Academy | USA Gym Bio
Seyler trains at Southlake Gymnastics Academy under former Sooner All-American Michael Reid. Most recently, Seyler shined at the 2017 P&G Championships, where he placed second on vault, sixth on floor, eighth on high bar and seventh in the all-around.
In 2016 the Flower Mound, Texas, native took gold on floor, bronze on pommel horse and silver in the all-around at the J.O. National Championships.
“Morgan comes to us as the son of two former Sooner gymnasts, Mark Seyler and Missy Seyler, who graduated from our programs in the 90s," Williams said. "We’re really looking forward to Morgan extending the family tree of our Sooner Nation. Expect to see him contribute on a few events."