Olympic trials qualifier Andrew Taylor verbally commits to Florida for 2023
NEW COMMITMENT: The University of Florida kicked off its recruiting for the 2023 class with a big recruit, landing a verbal commitment in the state of the Olympic Trials qualifier. Andrew Taylor of Palm Harbor, Florida.
He said Swimming world:
âIt is with great pride and humility that I announce my verbal commitment to furthering my varsity and swimming career at the University of Florida. I want to thank my coaches, family and friends for all their support and love. Special thanks to the coaches and staff at UF for giving me this opportunity. The journey continuesâ¦ ..Go the alligators! “
Taylor, who does his swim club with Tampa Bay Aquatics, recently competed at the Speedo East Summer Championships where he had five fastest times and placed third in the 800 freestyle, seventh in the mile, eighth in the 400m freestyle and ninth in the 400m GI.
In the spring, he won the 400m IM, 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle at the ISCA Senior International Cup before winning gold in the 800m freestyle, silver in the 1500m freestyle and bronze in the 400m. free at TYR 18 & U. Cup in Orlando.
His best moments include:
- 1650 free – 15: 13.87
- 1000 free – 9: 05.00
- 500 free – 4: 22.23
- 200 free – 1: 40.58
- 400 RI – 3: 51.51
Currently a junior at Countryside High School, Taylor is already a four-time Florida 3A State Championship finalist. He won silver in the 500 freestyle and bronze in the 200 IM in second year, while finishing third and 10th respectively in those events in his first season.
He also won All-American honors from USA Swimming Scholastic for his efforts in the pool and in the classroom.
Florida knows how to produce stars from a distance, so Taylor will be in good hands under head coach Anthony nesty on his arrival in Gainesville in the fall of 2023. Although he does not overlap Bobby finke and Kieran smith, he will be able to train with Jace crawford, Jack VanDuesen, and Oskar Lindholm.
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