The long list of accolades continues to grow for recent Bryan graduate Taylor Peters.
Already an All-Ohio athlete in track, swimming and diving, Peters recently added not one, but two All-American awards from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Peters, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earned Academic All-American recognition from NISCA in April and capped her illustrious high school accomplishments with All-American diving honors at the beginning of this month.
In order to earn the academic recognition, athletes need to be a senior varsity athlete in swimming, diving or water polo with at least a 3.75 GPA.
The All-American diving honors centered around certain score requirements or placement at state competition. Athletes also must submit a DVD of one 11-dive, 1-meter interscholastic contest.
Peters said she wasn’t sure what to expect when she sent in her application materials, but she was thrilled when she found out she won both awards.
“It’s pretty crazy for me to think about it, and it’s such an honor to be able to receive both those awards,” Peters said. “We’ve been waiting around for the results to come out for the All-American diving, and when I found out the results were in, I went to go check and I saw my name on that list, it was a great feeling. It brought me back to being at state and competing and all those great feelings associated with that, and it’s just amazing to think I could be awarded something like that.”
It’s been a self-described whirlwind of a high school sports career for Peters, a four-time state diving qualifier who finished her career with a third-place finish at the OHSAA Division II State Swimming and Diving Championships this February.
She also helped Bryan’s 200 free relay team to an eighth-place podium finish in Division II, and as a two-time state-qualifier in the pole vault, she placed as high as fifth at the Division II OHSAA State Track and Field Championships as a junior in 2019.
Peters spent most of her senior year taking high school classes online while training with the Ohio State Diving Club in Columbus, and she’s far from done with her diving career. Peters is set to move to Ann Arbor at the end of July to begin her collegiate diving career at the University of Michigan. She plans to study neuroscience on a pre-med track.
“Thinking back to freshman, sophomore and even junior year, if someone would have told me that I would’ve been in the position I’m in now, I would not have believed them,” Peters said. “It’s just crazy how once I went to a camp at the University of Michigan last summer, since then everything has happened so quickly regarding diving. Being able to accomplish the things I have, it’s crazy to look back and see how much time has gone past. ... It definitely seems surreal sometimes.”