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McKayla Taaffe
Position: Port/Starboard
Height: 6'0"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
High School: Pine View School
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

  • Born in Sarasota, Fla. 
  • Parents are Michael and Tammy
  • Father rowed for Rhode Island, one brother rowed for Trinity College and another for Princeton 
  • Had an uncle that played football at Maine
  • Has three siblings, Brandon, Alexander and Travis 
  • Major is undeclared
  • Hobbies include running and photography