2012-2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Simultaneously made a smooth transition to life in the United States and collegiate swimming... Scored 26 points at the C-USA Championships to help the Owls win the second league title in the program's history... The 26 points tied for the second-most scored by an Owl freshman... Registered the fifth-fastest 200-yard backstroke in school history (2:00.41) with a fifth-place finish in the event at the C-USA championships... Won the consolation finals of the 100-backstroke with a season-best 55.98, the sixth-fastest mark in Rice history... Scored for the team at conference in the 500-freestyle after a steady season-best 4:56.39 in the morning prelims... Top time in the 200-free was a 1:52.87 at the Incarnate Word Invitational in December.
International - Swam on two New Zealand age-group national teams... Competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Otumoetai College in Tauranga, New Zealand... Earned her school's top award for excellence in a single sport.
Club - Competes for the Greerton Swim Club... Set three national age group records and a host of school records... Coached by Tai Daniela... times (converted from short-course meters) 100 backstroke 55.45; 200 backstroke 2:00.18; 100 freestyle 50.87; 200 freestyle 1:48.55
Personal - Name: Taylor Danielle Armstrong. Born: Dec. 4, 1993, in Auckland, New Zealand. Parents: Garry Armstrong and Sue Walsh of Tauranga, New Zealand (one brother and two sisters). Chose to attend Rice because, "I talked to a few of my American friends and all of them raved about Rice - academic reputation and the #1 happiest students in the U.S. - My perfect school." Rice College: Martel College