Tayla Lovemore enters her second season as a graduate assistant coach.
Following her collegiate career, Lovemore continues to compete professionally for South Africa. She won gold at the 2019 FISU World University Games in the 50m & 100m fly before competing in relays at the FINA World Championships.
At FSU: (2016-18)
2017-18: Earned her second straight All-America honorable mention accolade in the 100 fly and finished 16th at the NCAA Championships…won bronze in the 100 fly with a time of 51.85 at the 2018 ACC Championships…finished seventh in the 200 fly (1:57.32) and also helped FSU take bronze in the 400 medley relay…swam in the C final of the 50 free…helped Florida State qualify for NCAAs and set a new school record in the 200 free relay at the GT Invite with a time of 1:28.49 en route to winning the race… won the 100 fly (52.03) and took fifth in the 50 free (22.56)…swam fly on winning 400 medley relay…added a sixth place finish in the 100 free (49.18) with a personal best swim and was also fifth in the 200 fly (2:00.24)…won the 100 fly vs. Florida at 55.69…added a win in the 100 fly (54.60) and helped the Noles win the 400 medley relay vs. Notre Dame…was the swimming MVP for the season…selected to the All-ACC Academic Team and was selected as the Golden Nole award winner…member of the ACC Honor Roll.
2016-17: Earned All-America honorable mention in the 100 fly by taking 12th at the NCAA Championships in FSU record-timing of 51.60… placed fourth in the 100 fly (52.28) in her first ACC Championship final…finished 11th in the 50 free (22.30) and added an 18th place finish (1:58.53) in the 200 fly…helped the Seminoles place fourth in the 200 medley relay, seventh in the 400 medley relay and 400 free relays in addition to a sixth place showing in the 200 free relay…competed in nine events at the 13th FINA Short Course Championships in Windsor, Ontario where she finished in the top 30 in eight of them…was a part of three relay school records that also qualified for the NCAA Championships at the UGA Invite…won the B final of the 50 free with a personal best and finished fifth in the 100 fly (52.02)…also swam in the C final of the 200 IM…made her debut for the garnet and gold at the quad meet in Fort Myers, Fla…won the Coaches’ Award at the end of the year banquet…member of the ACC Honor Roll.
At Indian River: An 11-time NJCAA Champion…helped Indian River to two NJCAA team championships…swam for eight years in South Africa where she was coached by Wayne Riddin…was the 2016 South African champion in the 50m (25.97) free after dropping almost a second from her seeded time…also took bronze in the 100m free (56.98) and added silver in the 50m back (31.03)…a Olympic Trial qualifier.
Personal: Born March 20, 1995…daughter of Scott Lee and Justine…went to Danville Park Girls High School…swam for the SEALS…continued her swimming career post FSU and holds two South African national records in SCM – 100 IM 1:00.30 and 50 fly – 25.54…both standards also qualify as African Records…won bronze at the 2018 FINA World Cup in Singapore in the 50m fly (25.54) and silver in the 100m fly (56.95) behind world record holder Sarah Sjostrom.