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Six-time state champion Taylor Nations signs with Arizona swim


(Andy Morales/

(Andy Morales/

Sabino swimmer Taylor Nations signed with the University of Arizona on Wednesday morning. Nations won three gold medals at the AIA state championships this fall (100 Fly, 100 Back & 400 Free Relay) and was named the AIA Swimmer of the Year in the process.

“I just can’t believe it has actually happened,” Nations said after she signed during a ceremony at Sabino High School with her parents and friends in attendance. “It means so much to me that all of them came just to watch me sign. It’s official.”

Nations is continuing to train for the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals which will be held in Texas in December. A standout swimmer for the Tucson JCC Stingrays, Nations will compete in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Back at Jr. Nationals.

Nations thanked her parents, Derek and Patsy, for their support and for taking her around the country for competitions, her high school coach Melanie Paulsen, her club coach Michael Polak (who has been with her since she was 12) and she also thanked Sabino.

Her father was a member of the track and field team at Arizona.

Besides her three gold medals this year, Nations won the 100 Back and 100 Free last year and she won the 100 Back her sophomore year.


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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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