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North swimmer sees training pay off, makes national team

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CODY Taylor has his sights on the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

The Columbus North senior took a big step in that direction last week when he was named to the 2013-14 U.S. Junior National Team by USA Swimming. But Taylor was less than thrilled that he made the team in only one event — the 200-meter breaststroke — based on his performance in the U.S. Junior National Championships.

“I’m happy about it, but at the same time, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t make it in more events,” Taylor said. “I’m already planning on doing better things, so it’s a huge stepping-stone, but I’m not content yet.”

In last month’s junior nationals, Taylor finished ninth in the 200 breaststroke in 2 minutes, 16.12 seconds. He also took 11th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.16), 65th in the 200 individual medley (2:09.13) and 153rd in the 400 freestyle (4:11.60).

The Taylor file

Name: Cody Taylor

School: Columbus North

Grade: Senior

Recent high school accomplishments: Won state title in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished second in the 200 individual medley as a junior

Recent national accomplishments: Finished ninth in 200-meter breaststroke and 11th in 100 breaststroke in U.S. Junior National Championships, making the U.S. Junior National Team in the 200 breaststroke

“I was pretty disappointed after junior nationals,” Taylor said. “I was top-(11) in two events, but I don’t think a whole lot of people get how I can be disappointed. I didn’t meet my goal times in anything but the 200-meter breaststroke, so that was frustrating.”

But Taylor said he has to keep in mind that he talked with North coach Jim Sheridan a lot about how the goal of achieving those times came into focus after he won a state title in the 100-yard breaststroke last winter. Taylor also finished second at state in the 200 IM.

“That’s such a short period of time to act on that from March to August or mid-July when I started to taper,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, with a long short-course season of training, if I maintain that focus, it will yield the results that I wanted.”

Taylor’s training this summer was a stark contrast to last summer, when he took a few weeks off.

“What I’m most proud of is, Cody finally figured it out,” Sheridan said. “He figured it out that the hard work yielded the payoff. I kept putting the press on that you have to put in the work, and he’s become a workhorse in the water. I think the (time) drops are going to continue to grow, and he’ll end up being a member of our national team.”

As a member of the junior national team, Taylor will compete in at least one meet outside the United States. Although the location hasn’t been determined, Taylor has heard it might be in Canada.

“Being named to that team is quite a testament to that person anytime,” Sheridan said. “It’s the next step to climb up the ladder to our ultimate, which is Olympic status.”

Taylor hasn’t yet committed to a college. Indiana University, Wisconsin and Louisville are his top three choices. Taylor visited Louisville last week and will visit Purdue this weekend and Florida in late October.

“All the programs that he’s looking at collegiately are going to love his work ethic because they’re going to double the workload that we do now, and it’s going to increase his level of success,” Sheridan said.

“It opens my eyes to what I really can do with more training,” Taylor said. “When I go off to college, the training will get more and more intense and more specific to what I specialize in, so that will help me in making the senior national team and having a shot at the Olympics in 2016 and 2020. I get more resources now at my disposal to make me better.”

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