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2-Sport Athlete Riley Taylor Commits to Western Colorado for Swimming

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Versatile athlete Riley Taylor from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, has committed to swim and study at Western Colorado University beginning in the 2024-25 school year.

Taylor is a senior at Lake City High School where she competes on the varsity swimming and track & field teams. Outside the high school season, she trains with the Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team. This past year, she served as captain for both her club team and her high school team.

Taylor had a stellar prep career, earning individual runner-up finishes 4 times –in the 100 back (58.39 and 58.74) and 200 IM (2:09.58 and 2:12.68)– and helping Lake City win back-to-back-to -back state team titles in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Top SCY times:

  • 100 back – 58.39
  • 200 back – 2:06.91
  • 100 fly – 59.17
  • 200 fly – 2:09.16
  • 200 IM – 2:09.58
  • 400 IM – 4:38.30

Western Colorado University is a Division II program located in Gunnison, Colorado. The Mountaineers compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and placed 5th out of 9 teams at the 2024 conference meet. Taylor expects to swim the 200 fly, 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM in college. Her current times would have made the A finals of the 200 fly and 400 IM and the B finals of the 200 back and 200 IM at RMACs. While she still has some time to drop to score at NCAAs, Taylor would have ranked as the ‘Neers top swimmer in the 200/400 IM and 200 fly this past season and she would have been #2 in the 200 back.

Her family told SwimSwam that “with the rigorous training at altitude, we may see her improve nicely to help the Mountaineers move up in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Riley is looking forward to tackling the IM and getting back to form in these events as they push her in each stroke.”

Taylor has been a member of the National Honors Society for the past three years and is being accepted into the Honors Program at WCU. She will be receiving both an athletic and academic scholarship in Gunnison. She will join the Mountaineers’ class of 2028 with Demi Blaylock, Maggie Dean, Jaylen Lembas, Joanna Swiderska, Adessa Talbot, Amayah Warren, Grace Whisenand, and Maddi Zach.

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