Taylor Armstrong

Taylor  Armstrong


Tauranga, New Zealand

High School:
Otumoetai College




Greerton SC


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Was named the 2015 Homecoming Queen for Rice University in November, 2015.

2014-2015: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Finished as the team's leading scorer at the National Collegiate Invitational postseason meet in Rockwall, Texas... Totaled 72.5 points while competing in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle, as well as both the 200 and 400-free relays... Finished second overall in the 100-free with a career-best 51.35, and was third in the 200-free... Top 200-free was a career-best 1:48.86 for seventh place in the finals of C-USA Championships... Also scored at conference with a tenth in the mile (17:00.92) and 11th in the 500 (4:52.29) for a total of 25 points overall... Contributed in both backstroke events over the course of the season.

2013-2014: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Record-setting sophomore campaign also included scoring big for the Owls at both the C-USA championships (47 points) and the National Collegiate Classic (63 points)... Broke a five-year old school record in the 200-backstroke with a 1:59.31 to take fourth place at the C-USA meet... Finished ninth overall in the C-USA's 100-backstroke and scored for the team with a 19th in the 500-free... Swam the third leg of the conference-winning 800-free relay that posted the second fastest mark in school history (7:12.29)... Part of the Owl foursome that logged the program's fastest 800-relay at home in the Rice Competition Pool... Tallied three Top 5 individual finishes at the Collegiate Classic, including the 500-free (second), 200-back (fourth) and 100-back (fifth)... Tallied three new career-best marks at the Houston Invitational in the fall - the 100-back (55.48), 200-free (1:50.32) and 500-free (4:51.58)... Showed versatility with a 23.96 in the 50-free and a 53.58 in the 100-free as the lead leg of a 400-free relay.

2012-2013: C-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

100 Backstroke 54.55 2014 C-USA Championships
200 Backstroke 1:59.31 2014 C-USA Championships
200 Freestyle 1:48.86 2015 C-USA Championships
500 Freestyle 4:51.58 2013 UH Invitational

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Martel College



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