June 12, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Arizona All-America swimmer Taylor Garcia will transfer to the University of Michigan and join the women's swimming and diving team for the fall semester, head coach Mike Bottom announced Monday (June 12). Garcia, who is from Holland, Michigan, will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"Taylor is exactly the kind of person we're looking to add to our program," Bottom said. "She is a student-athlete who strives to be excellent in both her academics and athletics, and is someone who will make everyone around her better. We're looking forward to having her with us in the fall."
A sprinter, Garcia adds quality depth to the backstroke and butterfly training groups. She individually qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships and finished 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke (52.21) and 47th in the 50-yard freestyle (22.68). Garcia swam on four of Arizona's relays, earning All-America honors as part of the 200-yard freestyle relay (fifth) and the 200-yard medley relay (sixth).
She also received All-America honorable mention on the 400-yard medley relay (13th) -- she split 51.87 on the leadoff leg, a time that would have won the Big Ten title -- and the 400-yard freestyle relay (tie-14th).
Garcia was a semifinalist in the 100-meter backstroke at last summer's U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 16th.
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