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Jake Taylor Athlete Profile

Jake Taylor

Positions: Individual Medley, Freestyle, Backstroke Height: 6-4 Weight: 210 Class: Graduate Roster Years: 2010-2011 | 2013-2016 Hometown: Honeyville, UT Mission: Belize Last School: Moutain Crest High School

Personal

  • Born in Firth, Idaho but currently lives in Utah
  • Parents are Kuman and Connie Taylor
  • Has five sisters and four brothers
  • Served a mission to El Salvador and Belize Mission
  • Majoring in public relations
  • Recruited by Indiana University, Yale, Air Force and Stanford
  • Favorite event is 200 backstroke
  • Placed in state for track
  • Is an Eagle Scout
  • Enjoys unicycling and training horses
  • Married Amanda in July of 2013

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Mountain Crest High under Yolanda Bates
  • Broke all school and pool records as well as six region records and four state records
  • Won region all four years of high school
  • State champion seven times
  • Swimmer of the Year two times
  • 14 time All-American
  • Jr. National finalist and Sectional finalist
  • Top-ten national rankings in five events
  • Deseret News Athlete of the Week


2010-2011 | Freshman Year

  • Competed in all seven dual meets for the Cougars
  • Tallied 28 first-place finishes during the season
  • At the MWCC, he placed first in the 200 IM, first in the 100 back, first in the 200 back, first in the 800 free relay, third in the 400 free relay, fifth in the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 400 medley relay
  • Received All-Conference recognition for his performances in the 100 back (47.14), 200 back (1:43.85), 200 IM (1:45.55), 400 free relay (2:58.10), 800 free relay (6:32.64)
  • Ranked first in the conference for the 100 and 200 back, as well as the 200 IM
  • Ranked second for the 100 free, 200 free
  • Ranked 26th in the nation for the 100 backstroke, 31st in the 200 IM and 32nd in the 200 back
  • Ranked first for the Cougars in the 100 free, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM

2013-2014 | Sophomore Year

  • Contributed to the 200 free relay win (1:23.43) in the Intermountain Shootout
  • Contributed to the 200 free relay win (1:23.85) against Colorado Mesa
  • Contributed to the 200 medley relay win (1:31.77)) against Denver
  • Contributed to the 200 free relay win (1:23.09) against Denver
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 back (48.94) against Utah
  • Named MPSF/TURBO Male Athlete of the Week (Jan. 29)
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 IM (1:52.95) against Seattle
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 back (1:51.77) against Seattle
  • Named to All-MPSF First Team for performances in 800 free relay (6:31.41), 200 IM (1:44.96), 100 back (46.67), 200 free relay (1:19.91), 200 back (1:42.42)
  • Named to All-MPSF Second Team for performances in 400 medley  relay (3:14.66)

2014-2015 | Junior Year

  • Named a First Team All-American in the 100 back (45.34)
  • Named a First Team All-American in the 200 back (1:39.76)
  • Named the Male Swimmer of the Meet at the MPSF Championships
  • Set a new MPSF Championship meet record and BYU school record in the 100 back (45.53)
  • Set a new MPSF Championship meet record in the 200 back (1:41.15) 
  • Named to All-MPSF First Team for performances in the 50 free (20.07), 400 medley relay (3:12.16), 100 back (45.53) and 200 back (1:41.15)
  • Named to All-MPSF Second Team for performances in the 200 medley relay (1:28.26), 200 free relay (1:21.25) and 400 free relay (2:57.17)
  • Named MPSF/TURBO Male Athlete of the Week (Nov. 12)
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 back (48.94) at the Mesa State Invite
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 back (1:51.28) at the Mesa State Invite
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 back (48.16) against UNLV
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 back (1:48.70) against UNLV
  • Contributed to a first-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:03.71)  against UNLV
  • Named MPSF/TURBO Male Athlete of the Week (Oct.8)
  • Named MPSF/TURBO Male Athlete of the Week (Dec. 12)
  • Set new BYU record in the 100 back (45.95) at the Texas Invite while also finishing first
  • Set new BYU record in the 200 back (1:40.51) at the Texas Invite
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 back (1:47.88) against Arizona State
  • Contributed to a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:31.32) against Arizona State
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 back (1:49.90) against Denver
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 50 free (20.94) against Denver
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:38.09) against Denver
  • Contributed to a first-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:02.93) against Denver
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 back (47.99) against Grand Canyon
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 50 free (20.61) against Grand Canyon
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 free (45.89) against Grand Canyon
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 IM (1:52.83) against Utah
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 back (1:48.32) against Utah
  • Qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 back
  • Attended Phillips 66 Summer National Championships

2015-2016 | Senior Year

  • Competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and recorded 7th place in the finals with the 100 back (54.72) and 11th in the semifinals of the 200 back (1:59:83) - (Jun 26- Jul 1) 
  • Recorded first-place finishes in the 100 back (48.31), 100 IM (50.53), 200 back (1:48.97) and 200 free (1:41.15) and contributed to a first-place finish in the 200 free relay at the Colorado Mesa Invite
  • Recorded first-place finishes in the 100 back (48.81), 200 IM (1:52.13), 100 free (45.56) and 200 back (1:49.10) and contributed to a first-place finish in the 200 free and 200 medley relays at the Pacific Invite
  • Named National Swimmer-of-the-Week by CollegeSwimming.com (Oct.28)
  • Named MPSF/Turbo Male Athlete of the Week (Oct. 28)
  • Recorded first-place finishes in the 100 back (48.40) and 200 back (1:51.66) and contributed to first-place finishes in the 200 medley and 200 free relays against UNLV
  • Recorded first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (57.08) and 100 free (45.24) and contributed to first-place finishes in the 200 medley and 400 free relays against Colorado Mesa
  • Named MPSF Swimmer-of-the-Week by CollegeSwimming.com (Nov. 10)
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 back (45.83) and set a new BYU record in the 200 IM (1:43.50) while contributing to a new BYU record in the 200 medley relay (1:27.42) and 400 free relay (2:53.88) at the Texas Invite
  • Recorded a second-place finish in the 100 back (48.78), a third-place finish in the 200 back (1:49.02) and contributed to a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:01.80) against Grand Canyon
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:39.39) and contributed to a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:21.13) and second-place finishes in the 400 free relay (2:58.86) and 200 medley relay (1:30.22) against Denver/Minnesota
  • Recorded first-place finishes in the 100 back (48.62), 200 back (1:47.23) and 200 IM (1:49.92) and contributed to a new pool record and first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:29.05) against Utah
  • Recorded a first-place finish in the 100 back (45.74), a school record and first-place finish in the 200 back (1:40.96), a school and MPSF meet record in the 200 IM (1:43.83), contributed to a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:18.55) and contributed to first-place finishes, new school records and MPSF meet records in the 200 medley relay (1:26.51), 400 free relay (2:53.11) and 800 free relay (6:26.28) at the MPSF Championships
  • In total, broke or contributed in breaking six school records at the MPSF Championships
  • Named First-Team All-MPSF in 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 IM, 100 back and 200 back
  • Named first back-to-back MPSF Swimmer of the Year
  • Earned First-Team All-American in two events, with a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (45.52) and a sixth-place finish in the 200 back (1:39.93) at the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Also earned Second-Team All-American with a ninth-place finish in the 200 IM (1:42.89) at the meet