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Cody Taylor didn’t swim Thursday or Friday because of a pulled lat muscle.
Perhaps that was a result of a huge weight being lifted from his shoulders Wednesday. The Columbus North senior made a verbal commitment to swim for Indiana University.
“It makes it so I can focus on current schoolwork and swimming,” Taylor said
Taylor also had visited Louisville and Purdue and canceled planned visits to Wisconsin and Florida. He made his decision after visiting IU last weekend.
“They were my No. 1 going into the whole recruiting process,” Taylor said. “I had talked to the coaches at IU longer than any other program. I knew the team was very good, and I knew a few guys from Indiana that were on the team, and they loved it and said it was a great atmosphere.
“I get to meet them on deck, but to see what they do in their free time, you get to see what the team is like,” he said. “When you’re a junior or sophomore, you don’t realize how big that is. You want to enjoy people you’re going to be around and help take you to another level.”
Taylor won the Indiana high school state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke, finished second in the 200 individual medley and helped the Bull Frogs to top-three finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay at the state finals in February. This summer, he posted two top-11 finishes in the U.S. Junior National Championships and was selected for the U.S. Junior National team in the 200-meter breaststroke.
“As good as Cody is, he is just scratching the surface of how good he can be,” coach Jim Sheridan said.
“The way he will train at the college level, he will continue to make progress and cut his times.”
The Hoosiers finished second in the Big Ten Conference and ninth in the NCAA Championships last season.
Taylor plans to sign a national letter-of-intent during early signing period Nov. 13 to 20. He said IU head coach Ray Looze and assistant Donny Brush have advised him not to discuss the nature of the scholarship he is receiving.
Taylor has been accepted into IU’s Kelley School of Business and plans to major in accounting and finance.
“I want to go into business, and Kelley School of Business is one of the best business schools in the U.S.,” Taylor said.
“I also want to take swimming very seriously, and they’re a top-10 team. They’re a very, very close team, and they all have the same goals, and that’s the atmosphere I want to be a part of.”
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