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Taryn MacKenzie
Position: Breaststroke
Height: 5'7"
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Johannesburg, South Africa
High School: De La Salle Holy Cross College HS
Major: Kinesiology
Born: 05/03/1993
Taryn MacKenzie Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/21/2015

2014 NCAA Qualifier
2014 and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll

JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15)
Continued to lead the way during her junior season in the breaststroke events ... Finished 27th in the 100 breast and 34th in the 200 breast at the SEC Championships ... Won the bonus final of the 100 breast at the Texas A&M Invite ... Finished seventh in the consolation final of the 200 breast at the midseason meet ... Touched the wall second in the 100 breast and third in the 200 breast against Alabama and Auburn ... Took first in the 100 breast and finished second in the 200 breast against Incarnate Word ... Finished third overall in the 200 breast and fourth overall in the 100 breast during LSU’s quad meet against Houston, Rice and Tulane ... Finished third in the 100 breast against SMU ... Touched the wall fourth in both breast events against Tennessee ... Also finished fourth in both breast events against Tulane ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll… Earned her third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14)
A breaststroke specialist who owns the third-fastest times on the team ... Earned fourth place finishes during a win over Tulane in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.48) and 200 breaststroke (2:27.52) ... Finished third in the “B” final of the 100 breaststroke (1:03.23) at the A&M Invite ... Captured a win in the “C” final of the 200 breaststroke (2:19.34) at the A&M Invite ... In the Houston Quad meet, secured a third place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:03.85 ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll… Earned her second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13)
A talented international freshman who executed a smooth transition from long course to short course competition ... Set her career lows at the SEC Championships ... Finished 24th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.99 after posting LSU’s fifth best all-time mark of 1:02.68 in prelims at SEC’s ... Swam to 28th in the 200 breast with a mark of 2:17.23 at the conference meet ... Ranked second on the team in both breast events ... Swam the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:02.77 in a second place swim in a home victory over Alabama ... Captured the ‘C’ final in the 200 breast (2:18.16) at the Phil Hansel midseason invitational ... Posted a 100 breast time of 1:03.88 in a 14th place finish at the midseason meet ... Swam the second leg of the first place 200 medley relay (1:42.78) and first place 400 medley relay (3:47.63) in a quad meet victory over Houston, Rice and Tulane ... Cranked out a second place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.65) in a home win over NC State ... Notched a pair of second place performances in the 100 breast (1:05.34) and the 200 breast (2:21.64) in a dual victory over Kentucky ... Finished second in the 100 breast (1:05.42) and third in the 200 breast (2:22.49) in a victory over Vanderbilt ... Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Immensely skilled breaststroke swimmer who will look to translate her success on the international level to the collegiate level ... Crowned the 2010 South African National Champion in the 50 and 100 breast when she was only 16 ... Competed in the Junior Olympics in Singapore ... Boasts recent long course meter bests and short course yard conversion bests of 1:03.37 (54.05) in the 100 meter breast, 2:15.28 (1:55.93) in the 200 meter breast, 2:02.43 (1:47.00) in the 200 meter free and 4:20.20 (4:49.34) in the 400 free ... Named her high school’s Female Athlete of the Year her senior season Coached by Peter Williams ... Member of the Waterborn Swim Club.

PERSONAL
Born May 3, 1993 ... Parents are Rob and Lynne MacKenzie ... Has one younger brother – Conner ... Majoring in kinesiology.

MACKENZIE’S TOP TIMES
100 breaststroke, 1:02.68, 2013 SEC Championships
200 breaststroke, 2:17.23, 2013 SEC Championships

MACKENZIE’S TOP 2014-15 TIMES
100 breaststroke, 1:02.82, SEC Championships
200 breaststroke, 2:17.46, Texas A&M Invite

 

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