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Q-and-A with Taylor Jach, Lincoln-Way East swimming

Taylor Jach Lincoln-Way East. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Taylor Jach, Lincoln-Way East. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 25, 2012 3:41PM



Taylor Jach, of Lincoln-Way East swimming, is a three-time state qualifier.

She finished 46th in the 200-yard freestyle and 34th in the 500-yard freestyle at state as a junior.

Goals for your senior season?

We’d love to win sectionals at our home pool. Each of my three years at East we’ve won sectionals.

What’s the area rivalry with Lincoln-Way North like?

It’s a blast. I know a bunch of girls on the North team so it’s always fun, but I still like to beat them.

Does it ease the nerves having been at state?

It eases the pressure, but I get nervous. Last year, I was so nervous. It is so loud, and the pool is jam-packed, but it is fun. It is a great experience.

What reality show would you be on?

Oh, I don’t know. I would totally love to be on “American Idol.” I’ve been in choir forever, and I do the Honors Choir here (at East). I just love doing it.

What’s more nerve-racking: swimming or singing?

Definitely singing. Singing the national anthem is a fun thing and a fun song. They’re both fun, but swimming is my main focus.

Do you have a pre-race song?

Anything dubstep. I love it when the bass drops.

What don’t fans know about swimming?

We practice a lot. We just go back and forth every day for a long time.

Do you have a dream school?

I’ve got my choices narrowed down. I’m talking to Boston College, Northern Illinois and University of Illinois, so I’ve just got to make my decision.

What will you remember most about Lincoln-Way East?

Probably the swimming because it takes up such a chunk of your life. It’s all the people you meet.

As told to Tim O’Brien



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