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Taylor McFarlane

 

 

     Began swimming for Coastal Maine Aquatics in 1994 for Coach Melissa Smith and Chris Brunette. She started setting team and state record as an 8 year old with her first in the 8&under 100 free relay. As a 10 year old, she was part of 2 relay state records.  As a 12 year old she was part of 3 relay state records. As a 14 year old she was a part of 1 relay and 1 individual state record.  As a 16 year old she added 1 more state record and finally she set 6 individual and 4 relay state records as a member of the Westbrook Seals.

                In 2002, she was the Peaks to Portland women’s champion and 2nd overall finisher.

                Her age group career continued with qualifying and competing at the U.S. Open and Junior Nationals all 4 years of her high school career adding Senior Nationals 03-05, placing 6th in the 200 back at Nationals in 2004.  She spent her sophomore and junior years of high school training under Mike Parratto (SSC-NH-Olympian Jenny Thompsons Coach).  She returned to Maine age group swimming senior year with the Westbrook Seals and Coach Rocco Aceto (HoF).

                As a Cape Elizabeth High School swimmer she set 9 school and 8 state records (100 free, 200 free,  500 free, 200 IM, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 200 and 400 free relays).  She was the first female swimmer for Maine to break the 5 minute barrier in the 500! She was named swimmer of the state meet 3 years in a row (02-04) and Maine high school swimmer of the Year for 2 years (03-04).

Taylor lost only 1 race (was ill) in her high school career.  She was a 4 year All-State selection, team captain junior and senior years and a High School All American for junior and senior years.  She graduated in 2004 with high honors.

                She was recruited full ride by The University of Miami Hurricane.  At the highly competitive ACC championships she place 14th in the 200 back and 15th in the 200 free and anchored the schools 800 free relay with a 1:49.82 split.  As a sophomore she transferred to The University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill becoming a Tar Heel. Red Shirted that year she competed and placed at the US open and Senior Nationals for the local club team (NCAC). Fully eligible junior year she finished 5th in the ACC meet in the 400 IM and 6th in the 100 back and turned in the schools 3rd all-time best time in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.67 helping the school win the ACC title and narrowly missing Olympic Trials.  Senior year, she was voted captain of the team and graduated in 2008.

                After living some time in Louisville, Kentucky, Taylor and her husband returned to Portland to live and work as a web and graphic designer and in her father’s real estate business.