Taylor Peters

Bryan senior Taylor Peters signed to continue her diving career at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Wednesday. Pictured front row, from left, are father Randy Peters, Taylor and mother Diane Peters; (back) Bryan dive coach Kathryn Rockey and Bryan swim coach Makenzie Luce. RYAN SQUANDA/Staff

Life has been moving pretty fast for Taylor Peters throughout the last few months, and it kept up on Wednesday as the Bryan senior officially signed to join the University of Michigan dive team next fall.

Peters, a three-time state qualifier who finished eighth at the 2019 OHSAA State Dive Championships, said she first came into contact with the Michigan program when she attended a dive camp in the summer, and after going on another visit early this fall, she knew it was the place for her.

“I spent the whole weekend with the team and saw a lot of what they do, and that really made me fall in love,” Peters said. “I love the academics. It’s an amazing place to go and set myself up for any career, which hopefully I’ll be going on to medical school. … And also just all the opportunities they have for the student-athletes with the academic center, which has tutors for anything I’d need help with.

“And also the athletic side with all the amazing facilities they have there and all the physical therapists, doctors and coaches who can help. … The resources that they provide me is amazing.”

For the last several months, Peters has been living somewhat of a unique life for a typical high school senior. Late in the summer, she moved to Columbus with her mom so she could train with the Ohio State Diving Club and ready herself for collegiate competition.

Peters, who is still taking classes online through Bryan and Northwest State Community College, said the idea came to her and her family after attending the dive camp.

“After the dive camp in the summer, I talked to a couple of girls who did something like this,” Peters said. “I realized I had a pretty late start in diving, especially in club diving, and that I had a lot to work on. So we decided probably late summer that I for sure wanted to do this … and prepare myself the best I can to be at Michigan.”

Because she’s still taking classes through Bryan, Peters said she’ll be making some trips back to northwest Ohio this winter to take part in some Bryan swim and dive meets.

In between those times, though, the future Wolverine will continue to train in enemy territory.

“I’ve got a lot of that being down here,” she said. “They joke about it, but it’s not as bad because the club coaches aren’t the same coaches as the college coaches. My coach doesn’t hate Michigan. She knows the coach, and they’re friends. And actually a girl that’s on the Michigan team right now, she went to this club, so that makes it a little better, too.”

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