Vargo sets school record, Vance named First Team All-Big Ten
As a junior (2014):Qualified for finals on the 3-meter at 2014 BIG Championships, placing seventhwith an all-time best score of 313.15 ... also just missed qualifying for nationals at the NCAA Zone C Qualifying meet after earning sixth and seventh on the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter tower ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
As a sophomore (2013):Continued building a strong opening to her Buckeye career, placing third in the consolation finals on tower at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, MN, as well as ninthand tenthon the 3-meter and platform at the NCAA Zone C Championships ... received Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recognition.
As a freshman (2012):Captured her first win as a Buckeye at the 2011 Ohio State Invitational on the 3-meter with a score of 294.25 ... competed at the 2012 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa ... an NCAA zone meet qualifier; however, did not compete due to injuries ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Background:Taylor, both a springboard and platform diver, is from Michigan and has been diving since the age of seven ... prior to herfreshman year of college, she became the 2011 Junior National Champion on the3-meter springboard in Knoxville, TN, qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials on the 3-meter springboard as well as the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia ... the year before she placed fifthon the 3-meter at the 2010 Junior National Championships in Tuscon, Arizona ... during her final high school season, she captured the 2010 Michigan state championship ... she came into the meet as the No. 1 ranked diver in the state after winning a regional title the week before ... Taylor led the state meet through the preliminary rounds and then nailed her final five dives for her first state championship ... finished runner-up at the Michigan state meet in 2008 as a sophomore ...selectingto work on developing her 3- and 10-meter diving skills with her club team, she did not compete for Saline High School as a junior and finished her high school career as a three time All American ... the daughter of Bruce and Carol Ford ... Taylor has two brothers, Patrick and Wyatt, and one sister, Maggie.