In her first season as head diving coach at Fresno State, Taryn Ignacio took the reins with a young, enthusiastic and prideful leadership that exemplified a strong passion and commitment to the sport. It was that attitude that commanded four newcomers to many first place and top three finishes, a single dual-meet victory as well as multiple best marks in the 2008-09 season.
Ignacio encouraged Bulldog divers to set their goals high and pushed consistency throughout the team's debut season. In the team's first collegiate meet, Ignacio and the `Dogs boasted a first place finish on the 3-meter and the momentum of improvement continued from there.
In addition to rigorous training in and out of the pool, Ignacio pushed divers with jogs, intense abdominal exercises with stretches and dry land exercises with the use of the new trampoline and harness system to expand the team's training and competitive valor.
By the conclusion of the regular season, every Bulldog diver had earned a lifetime best mark on both the 1-meter and 3-meter competition boards, reinforcing Ignacio's goals for her team. In an exhibition dual meet between Fresno State and Fresno Pacific just before the WAC Championships, Ignacio led her team to its first victory that included many high marks and first place finishes.
In addition to many individual victories and a first place team finish, Ignacio carried the team through its first conference championship competition, where her leading 1-meter junior diver captured a 16th place finish in the event at the WAC Championships to earn Fresno State's first inaugural point for the swimming and diving team at the 2008-09 event.
At the end of the season, the women's swimming and diving team combined earned 2008-09 women's team Speedo Academic All-American recognition by earning a 3.10 GPA for the fall semester. Academic All-WAC honors were also earned by two divers (list the divers) as well.
Taryn Ignacio was named Fresno State head women's diving coach July 30, 2008 after completing her position as interim diving coach at the University of Kentucky.
Under Ignacio, the Wildcats boasted two All-American divers with one sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships on the one-meter and another NCAA appearance on the one-meter. Ignacio also coached the Kentucky Dive Club, and led two girls to junior nationals in the summer of 2008. Ignacio attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 2007 a successful diver and record holder.
In the 2006-07 season, Ignacio earned All-America status on the one-meter and platform events in her final NCAA Championship. She placed seventh on the one-meter and third on the platform and captured her third consecutive SEC Championship on the platform at the conference meet. Ignacio also took the top title on the one-meter, while placing second on the three-meter. She was named the SEC Female Diver of the Year for the third consecutive season and set career-best marks on the one-meter and three-meter boards. She earned two first place finishes during dual meet season.
In 2006, Ignacio became Kentucky's first-ever National Champion winning the platform event at the NCAA Championships, setting school and NCAA records as she scored a 335.20 in the finals. Ignacio gained her second All-America honor after finishing eighth in the one-meter diving event and captured her second-consecutive SEC Women's Diver of the Year Award after repeating as platform champion at the SEC Championships. She also placed 15th on the three-meter at the SEC Championships and took second on the platform at the NCAA Zone Diving Championship hosted by UK in March. Ignacio finished first in the three-meter event in the tri-meet against Alabama and LSU and was named to 2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
In the 2004-05 season, Ignacio earned SEC Diver of the Year after winning the one-meter and platform events at the SEC Championships, as well as an honorable mention All-America selection honor in platform diving after placing ninth at the NCAA Championships, where she also took 17th in the one-meter event and 33rd in the three-meter event. Ignacio also swept the one- and three-meter events against Louisville and Arkansas and won the three-meter and platform events against Alabama. She placed first on the platform at the Georgia Tech Diving Invitational as well.
In 2003-04, she took 11th on the platform at the U.S. Olympic trials and placed 15th on the platform at the NCAA Championships while competing for Florida State. Continuing to rise, Ignacio took second on the platform at the NCAA Zone Diving Meet and placed third on the one-meter and 11th on the three-meter at the ACC Championships. Taryn is currently engaged to former University of Kentucky swimmer, Tim Patrick, who moved with her to California.
2006 NCAA Champion - Platform Diving (first/only NCAA Champion at UK)
NCAA Record Holder - Platform Diving - 335.20 (at the time of her Championship)
SEC Record Holder on the platform
Five-time SEC Champion (school record)
Just the second diver in SEC history to three-peat on the platform
UK record holder on the one-meter (6 dives) and platform (5 dives)
Pre-College: High school All-American and member of Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Best Collegiate Scores: One-meter: 337.60; Three-meter: 352.80; Platform: 335.20
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