Ellie Taliaferro - Swimming - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Ellie Taliaferro Season 2022-23

Class Freshman
Hometown Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School Chattanooga Girls Preparatory School
Major Undeclared

Career-Best Times
50 Free: 23.73 at Gamecock Invitational, 11.16.22
100 Free: 51.17 at Gamecock Invitational, 11.18.22
200 Free: 1:48.60 at SEC Championships, 2.14.23
100 Breast: 1:07.83 at North Florida/Georgia Southern, 10.15.22
100 IM: 56.90 at CSCAA National Invitational, 3.11.23
200 IM: 2:02.70 at Gamecock Invitational, 11.16.22

Commodore Record Watch
• Set the program record in the 200 free while also posting freshman records in the 100 and 200 IM
• Also ranks second on Vandy’s all-time performance list in the 100 IM, third in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 free

As a Freshman (2022-23)
• In her first season at the collegiate level posted the Commodores’ top times in the 200 free and 200 IM, meeting the NIC B Standard in both events
• Also ranked second on the team in the 100 free and third in the 50 free, standing fifth in the 100 breast as well
• Made the B Final in the 100 IM while also competing in the 200 free at the CSCAA National Invitational (March 9-11)
• Raced in the 100 (51.49) and 200 (1:49.48) free at the SEC Championships (Feb. 14-18), setting the school record at the latter distance with her performance in the opening leg of the 800 free relay
• Finished first in the B Final of the 100 and 200 free and the 200 IM at the Gamecock Invitational (Nov. 16-18)
• Earned an individual victory in the 200 IM (2:04.73), placing second in the 100 (51.80) and fourth in the 200 (1:54.46) free as well, in dual meet with Queens and Richmond (Nov. 4-5)
• Won the 100 free (52.34) while leading Vandy to a victory over North Florida and Georgia Southern (Oct. 15)
• Came in second in the 200 free (1:52.47) and was third in the 100 free (51.99) in dual meet at Iowa (Jan. 21)
• Posted a second-place result in the 100 IM (57.40) while placing third in the 100 free (51.80) in meet with Arkansas and Little Rock (Jan. 28)
• Was the Commodores’ top finisher in the 50 (24.08) and 200 (1:52.95) free, and 200 IM (2:05.98) in dual meet against Auburn (Oct. 7)
• Placed second in the 200 IM (2:05.29) and paced Vanderbilt in the 100 free (52.48) in her first collegiate meet against LSU and Tulane (Sept. 23), adding a 1:53.07 mark in the 200 free

The Taliaferro File
• Considered the third-ranked recruit in Tennessee coming out of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee
• Swam for McCallie GPS Aquatics also, setting short course records the club team
• Earned All-America recognition on seven occassions during her prep career
• Twice named an Academic All-American as well
• Was a member of both the National Honor Society and Beta Club
• Selected the team’s most valuable player each year at the school and was a team captain as a senior as well
• Efforts helped GPS to a runner-up finish at the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association state championships her senior season
• Earned silver medals in both the 100 free and 200 IM at the meet, with a personal-best mark of 49.90 in the former race
• Also was part of the Bruisers’ state champion 400 free relay team her final year at the prep level
• Recorded a career-best times of 1:49.12 in the 200 free and 2:00.94 in the 200 IM at the NCSA Spring Swimming Championships a month later
• As a junior, placed third in both the 100 free and 200 IM at the state meet
• Finished third in the 50 free A Final after posting a 23.09 mark at the 2020 state championships, also coming in second in the 100 free
• Won the 200 IM at the Southeastern Swimming Championships the following month while also advancing to the A Finals in the 200 free, 50 back and 100 fly at the event
• Finished second in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free at the state championships when she was a freshman
• Daughter of Robby and Audra Taliaferro

Why Vanderbilt: “I chose Vandy because the sisterhood and warmth I felt on my visit was unparalleled anywhere else. The coaching staff was consistently understanding and accommodating throughout my complicated recruiting process as well. I am extremely excited about being able to contribute to an incredible, fast-growing program.”