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McKayla Taaffe
Position: Port/Starboard
Height: 6'0"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
High School: Pine View School
Major: Science, Technology, Society

Life at Stanford
Science, technology and society major
Concentration in information technology, media and society
Worked in a tech PR firm in San Francisco summer after sophomore year
Summer after freshman year worked with Benderson Development in putting together a bid to host the 2017 World Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
Member of the Cardinal Counsel, helping run the date auction and Stanny’s
In charge of the team’s Instagram account
Club manager for the Suites dining club, setting menus and paying invoices
Enjoys photography
Father played football and rowed at Rhode Island
Brothers Brandon (Trinity College), Alex (Princeton) and Travis (Harvard) all have rowed in college

2014-15 (Junior)
Has not competed in 2014-15

2013-14 (Sophomore)
• Did not compete in 2013-14

2012-13 (Freshman)
• Took seventh in the Novice Eight at the PAC-12 Championships 
• Won the Lake Natoma Invitational Novice Eight 
• Downed Oklahoma as a member of the Novice Eight at the PAC-12 Women’s Challenge

High School 
• A 2012 graduate of Pine View School for the Gifted 
• Rowed for Sarasota Crew from eighth to 12th grades 
• Part of USRowing Junior National Team Development Camp 
• Helped Sarasota Crew to overall national titles in 2011 and 2012 
• Regional title in 2012 
• State titles in 2011 and 2012 and three district titles from 2010-12 
• Won regional, state and district titles with the eight in 2012
• Captured women's eight district title in 2011 
• With the four, captured national titles in 2010 and 2011 and state titles in 2011 and 2012 
• Finished third in the single at Club Nationals in 2011 
• Part of USRowing Junior National Team Sweep Development Camp in 2009, and part of the sculling development camp in 2010 
• Competed at the CanAmMex Regatta in 2011

Personal 
• Born in Sarasota, Fla. 
• Parents are Michael and Tammy
• Has three siblings, Brandon, Alexander and Travis

What does Stanford mean to you?
"Stanford is happiness. It is the best place in the world. Even when you have had a long practice and a terrible day of classes, you bike through the quad and it is sunny and perfect. You can’t not be happy. Our team is all happy, excited and ready to work every day.”

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