Sabino state championship swimmer Nations commits to Arizona

Sabino state championship swimmer Nations commits to Arizona

High school swimming

Sabino's Taylor Nations glides just under the surface at the start of the 100 meter backstroke during a dual swimming meet with Sahuaro at Udall Park pool, Thursday Sept. 10, 2015, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Taylor Nations won a pair of individual events and anchored Sabino's 400-meter relay team to a gold medal two weeks ago during the TYR High School Classic at the UA's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

It was a successful outing at a venue she'll soon call home.

Nations, a senior, announced Monday on twitter that she has verbally committed to swim for Arizona Wildcats. She picked the UA over offers from NAU, Houston and San Diego State.

"My dad was a college athlete at the UA – he ran track – so it's super cool to be following in his footsteps," said Nations, who was named the Star's swimmer of the year in 2014. "I've also grown up in Tucson so swimming for the UA has always been a dream."

Nations remains one of the top swimmers in the state, a year removed from winning two Division II state titles. She captured gold medals in 100 backstroke in 56.89 and also placed first in the 100 free in 52.21.

At the High School Classic on Oct. 3, Nations won both the 100 free (52.98) and the 100 back (58.46) in addition to anchoring the Sabercats to a win in the 400 free relay in 3:44.59.

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