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Taylor Nations will follow in her father’s footsteps, kind of, after verbally committing to the Arizona Wildcats. While she’ll join the Wildcats’ aquatics program, her dad was a member of the school’s track -and-field squad.
Nations is the defending Arizona Division II (small schools) State Champion in both the 100 yard backstroke and 100 yard freestyle; she also won the 100 backstroke title as a sophomore at Sabino High School.
While she was in the top 2 in both events as both a sophomore and a junior, her improvements from season-to-season were huge. She dropped 1.2 seconds in both the 100 free and 100 backstroke, which are significant chunks for the level she’s at.
Best times in yards:
- 50 free – 23.94
- 100 free – 51.56
- 200 free – 1:52.65
- 100 fly – 55.77
- 100 back – 56.27
While she hasn’t focused on it during her high school season, Nations’ 100 fly is also an impact event.
A few tumultuous years left Arizona with only 15 swimmers on their roster at the end of last season, but with things stabilizing under Rick DeMont and his staff, this year that number has grown to 22.
Nations, of the Tucson J Stingrays Swim Team, joins a class of at least 5 so far committed to Arizona:
- Abby Miller – 54.6 butterflier.
- Hannah Cox – World Junior Champs bronze medalist.
- Kennedy Lohman – 1:00.5 breaststroker.
- Kirsten Jacobson – 4:42 500 freestyler.
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