Student-Athlete Spotlight

Taylor Uselis, W'18 - Men's Swimming & Diving

1. Name: Taylor Uselis

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Men's Swimming & Diving

4. Position: Captain / Long Distance Freestyle

5. Why did you choose Penn?

I chose Penn for both the athletic and the academic excellence. I ended up at Penn over other Ivy League institutions because of the teammates that I met on my recruiting trip.

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Swimming student-athlete mean to you?

Being a Penn Swimming student-athlete for me is about competing at the highest level of my sport, along with practicing and competing every day to earn my spot at this level. It’s important for members of our team to show the rest of the swimming world that the Ivy League can compete with power five conferences at the highest levels of the sport. For the past four years Penn Men’s Swimming has finished as a top-25 ranked team in the country at the NCAA Championships. This year in December, we beat UNC and Duke while competing at the Tennessee Invite. Not only myself, but every guy on my team wants to be what we call a “Penn Guy”; a gritty, determined athlete ready to give more than their all every day in practice and competition.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Swimming student-athlete? 

Our aforementioned experience at the Tennessee Invite was only made possible through several financial circumstances that came together in the right way. Our team thrives on competing at these levels, with teams that challenge us. Every donation, no matter how small, will help us to be able to repeatedly attend competitions at this level, and afford the equipment that we need to train as a division 1 team.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Swimming?

My favorite memory spans the timeframe of several months in spring and summer of 2016 during the off-season. Immediately after NCAA Championships in March, training began for the Olympic Trial Championships in June. A group of about 8 men, myself included, were able to attend the meet based on our personal best times. Training alone with these 7 other close friends deepened an already tight bond between us. Our elite training group, close social bonds, Mike Schnur’s coaching, and the meet itself combine to make my favorite memory on PMSD.

9. What does life after Penn look like?

I will be an investment banking analyst with Wells Fargo in the Energy and Power group in Charlotte, NC.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?

Athletics at Penn has shown me that it is important to compete in everything I do in life, whether this is in sports, in class, or in my job. There is no reason to ever be complacent with being anything less than the best.