First she was a two-time national champion pole vaulter, then she was named Cowley College’s Female Athlete of the Year, then came being named a Student of the Month, and now Thais Lindemayer Gomes is one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVII. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 26 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The dietetics major from Porto Alegre, Brazil is the daughter of Martina Lindemayer and Jose Gomes and the granddaughter of Cicera Gomes and Ilse Lindemayer. She has one sister, Alice Lindemayer Gomes 18.

Prior to coming to Cowley, Gomes was an accomplished pole vaulter who competed in the Youth Olympic Games in 2014.

Gomes has continued her success at Cowley where she was the indoor conference and region champion in the pole vault before capturing the national championship in the pole vault at the 2018 indoor nationals. She again was the outdoor conference and region champion in the pole vault and the national champion in the pole vault at the 2018 outdoor nationals.

Her stellar indoor season helped the Lady Tiger track and field team to a conference title and a top-10 national finish, while her performance in the outdoor season helped the Lady Tigers place 10th at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships.

However, her success is not limited to her accomplishments as a member of the track and field team as Gomes also has a 4.0 grade point average.

“I am a student first and then an athlete,” Gomes said.

Along with being a member of the Tiger track and field team, Gomes is extremely active on the Cowley College campus as she serves as vice president of services for Phi Theta Kappa, president of the International Club, is a Cowley tutor, a resident assistant, and is involved in the college ministry. She has also volunteered her time with several community projects.

Last year, Gomes was new to America and the tradition of Arkalalah.

“I had heard a lot about Arkalalah, so I wanted to experience it,” Gomes said. “I saw the parade, road rides, and ate frozen cheesecake. It’s an honor to be one of only five girls chosen. This is going to be really special and I am sure we will all grow closer.”

Gomes’ interest in dietetics comes from her healthy eating habits, while her success can be partly attributed to the choices she makes, such as avoiding junk food and staying up late.

After Cowley she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics at a four-year university while continuing her track and field career.

However, first she plans on learning even more about Arkalalah and continue to make new friends.

“I want to have a stronger relationship with the community,” Gomes said. “It will be nice to show people who I am.”

This information provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.