Taylor to swim with Jackrabbits
One of Fort Frances’ most accomplished swimmers is changing zip codes for the upcoming collegiate season.
Aquanauts’ head coach Dawnn Taylor confirmed Monday that her son, Donovan, will attend South Dakota State University in Brookings this fall and join the school’s Jackrabbits’ swim team, which competes in the NCAA Division I Summit League.
“He’s bound to be a rock star down there.”
Taylor spent the last two years at Indiana University, where he red-shirted his freshman year and then competed for the Hoosiers this past season.
But Dawnn Taylor said a difference in academic philosophy between her son and the school led to him seek out other options.
“He was having trouble because he was not getting the courses he needed at Indiana to get his pre-veterinarian medical degree,” she explained.
“He had a double major in biology and chemistry and a minor in French literature, and they’ve got him taking Russian literature courses.”
Dawnn Taylor said that once Donovan’s recruiter based in Colorado put the word out that the swimmer was a college free agent, about 12-14 schools contacted him about being interested in having him sign on with them.
“It came down to three schools: South Dakota, Cornell University [New York], and IUPUI [Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis],” she noted.
“South Dakota State houses the state’s veterinarian lab right there, so he’ll be working with vets and learning from professors who are vets,” she added.
“It’s a super academic change for him.”
Taylor left the Hoosiers’ swim team back in January and has been working out on his own, as well under the tutelage of his mother.
Dawnn Taylor admitted her son’s conditioning is somewhat the worse for wear since getting out of the high-intensity training regimen demanded by university-level athletic programs.
“He put on what I call ‘The Freshmen 15,’” she chuckled about his weight gain.
“But the last time I checked, I think he was down to ‘The Freshman 10’ so he’s getting there.”
In between now and the fall, Dawnn Taylor said her son will appear in some long-course meets with the Aquanauts and work towards achieving the qualifying times needed to make a return appearance at the senior national swimming championships.
Donovan, who still has three full seasons of NCAA eligibility left, then will head to Brookings to begin training with the college team in mid-August.