High School: A four-year letterwinner at Lakeridge High School, Gooding was named team MVP in both 2013 and 2014. He won the state title in the 200 individual medley in 2014. He was also a member of the Multinomah Athletic Club, holding the state record in the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. He was named the club's athlete of the year in 2012 and received the most inspirational award in both 2012 and 2013.
Personal: Gooding is the oldest son of Todd and Denise Gooding, and he has an older sister named Megan, a younger sister named Nicole, and a younger brother named Thomas. His sister Megan is a member of the women's rowing team at George Mason University. He is majoring in finance.