"Why I Chose Mizzou" (Video)
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE) - Continued her tradition of setting new school records with a second place finish and new personal best in the Big 12 Championships platform diving competition (302.80)... also placed first in platform diving at the Tiger Invitational (245.45), qualifying her for NCAAs, where she placed 13th in the consolation finals... was named NCAA Female Performer of the Year, and received the Harry Bell Award and Female Strength Training Award...
2008-09 (FRESHMAN) - Owns the second highest platform score in school history with five dives (234.45) ... posted the third best score for both 1-meter (268.70) and 3-meter (280.50) from the 2008-09 season ... received the "Female Courage Award," given for overcoming significant adversity to succeed in all areas as a student athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL - National qualifier in 2007 and 2008 ... finished 13th on the tower in 2007 at Nationals ... 2007 Kentucky state champion in the 1-meter dive ... awarded All-America honors in 2007 and 2008 ... named to the All-Region and All-State team in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... team MVP in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... dove for the Kentucky Diving Club under coaches Mike Lyden and Taryn Ignacio ... placed fifth at the 2007 Senior Nationals in synchronized 10-meter.
PERSONAL - Christina Gailey is the daughter of David and Beth Gailey ... has one brother, Michael (25), and one sister, Emma (23) ... mother graduated from the University of Hawaii ... sister, Emma, was a pole vaulter at Bellarmine University ... aspires to become a nurse.
Why did you choose Missouri?
I chose Mizzou because I thought that Jamie would be the coach that could help make me the best diver I could be. I haven't regretted my decision once. I loved the team and atmosphere and the facilities are awesome!
How has the program at Mizzou made you a better swimmer?
I've grown up so much through my experiences on the team and everything I've been through has shaped me into the person and diver I am. I have learned to appreciate every moment I have and to use it to my advantage. I have been pushed and supported by my coach and teammates to work to be the best diver I can be.
What is your best memory with the team?
My favorite memories are all the times I spend with the team in and out of practice. They've become my family, and I don't know where I would be without them.
What's on your iPod:anything and everything, but Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift are played pretty often, and I love rap and R&B
Favorite sports star:Dominique Moceanu
Favorite movie:Meet the Parents
Quote to live by:"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine