Mateo De Angulo earned Swimmer of the Year and Juan Sequera earns Freshman of the Year by the ACC.
After a successful first season as the distance coach for the Seminoles, Gary Taylor looks to continue the group's record setting ways in 2009-10.
Last season Taylor guided Florida State's distance swimmers to a pair of NCAA appearances, five school records and numerous personal best swims. The group was led by Kyle Young who earned NCAA Honorable Mention All-America status in the 800 free relay and competed at the NCAA Championships in the 500 free and 1650 free. Under Taylor's instruction, Young was able to break his own school record in the 500 free and 1650 free, while breaking the school record in the 400 individual medley, an event that Young had not competed in previously. Young earned All-ACC honors in the 500 and 1650 free as well. Taylor also helped lead Ian Rowe to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season in the 500 and 1650 free and a fifth-place finish in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships. On the women's side, Taylor took the most pride in watching Meredith Martelle swim personal best times in the 400 individual medley and 200 back at the ACC Championships.
Prior to joining the Florida State staff, Taylor coached for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga., for three years. During that time, he was responsible for the Age Group 1 level, overseeing the development and training of one of the top age group programs in the nation. His swimmers included age sectional record holders, state record holders, age group sectional champions and numerous age group state champions and Georgia Zone Qualifiers. In 2007, he was named the Georgia Age Group Coach of the Year. Taylor also gained experience working swimmers at the with the Senior 1, Senior 2 and Masters Levels during his time with the Dynamo.
Prior to the Dynamo, Taylor spent six years coaching with the Twin Cities Swim Team as the lead site coach in Minnetonka, Minn. During this time, he gained valuable experience managing both the business and coaching sides of the program. Under Taylor's guidance, the team doubled in size to 160 registered swimmers and the new Masters program successfully grew to more than 30 swimmers in only two years. With Twin Cities, he coached USA and Minnesota high school state champions, USA and Minnesota high school state record holders, Junior National qualifiers, high school All-Americans, Minnesota Masters record holders and Masters National top 10 performers.
Taylor graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2001 while earning his B.S. in sport management. While at Minnesota, he was a member of the Golden Gopher swim team including the Big Ten championship team in 1998. Taylor has also earned his ASCA Level 4 rating and continues to gain knowledge in the sport of swimming through coaching and education.