Taryn  Ternent

Taryn Ternent


Edenvale, South Africa

Last College:
Washington State University


Sprint Free, Back


Dolphins Swim Club (Coach: Dean Price)

"After a big transition last year, Taryn is ready to finish her collegiate career on a high note. She is ready to again be an impact swimmer in the sprints. She will also be a major asset in the backstroke and relays this year, as she was last season. Additionally, I will look to Taryn to use her maturity and experience to help guide our young team to greatness."


50y freestyle:23.26
100y freestyle:50.44
100y backstroke:57.05
100y butterfly:1:00.26
2002-03: Swam third leg of the eighth-fastest 200y freestyle relay team in UT history at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Auburn, Ala?The squad finished with a sixth-place 1:33.13 at the league meet?Captured a pair of 50y freestyle titles in her initial meets as a Lady Vol, by clocking a 24.59 against Kentucky in Knoxville and a 24.38 against LSU in Baton Rouge, La?The junior helped UT secure two relay event titles throughout the season?With Ternent as the second leg, the orange-clads took the 400y freestyle relay against the Bayou Bengals with a 3:31.70?UT also seized the 200y freestyle relay title at the Georgia Bulldog Invitational with Ternent as the third leg with a 1:33.99.


2001-02: Kicked off the invitational season by breaking one individual and three relay school records before missing the entire second half of the year due to illness?Clocked a time of 50.44 seconds to break the WSU record in the 100y free en route to victory at the Arkansas Invitational?Swam on WSU's 200y free, 400y free and 200y medley relay teams that each broke school records while claiming victories at the Arkansas Invite?Won the 50y free in dual meets against San Jose State and San Diego and swam on victorious relay teams five times?Held school records in the 50y and 100y free, and as a member of the 200y free, 400y free and 200y medley relay teams at the end of the season?Served as a co-captain for the team?2000-01: Broke the WSU record in the 50y free and placed eighth at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 23.26 seconds...Swam the lead leg on the 200y free relay team that broke the school record and placed fifth at the Pac-10s with a time of 1:33.95...Also swam on the school record-breaking 400y free relay team at the conference championships...Clocked a 50.92 in the 100y free to secure second place on WSU's all-time list for the event, while placing 11th at the league meet...Notched second position on the school's all-time list for the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.11 en route to placing 15th at the Pac-10s...Also finished the season ranked 10th in school history for the 100y fly.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Edenvale High School in November 1996?Captained swim team?Also played netball, tennis and track?Competed internationally after finishing high school?Ranked as the top sprinter among the country's elite college recruits for 2000?Swam for the Dolphins Swim Club out of Johannesburg, which is coached by Dean Price?Won a high school merit award for drama.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Has represented South African junior teams at competitions in Australia, Egypt, England, Germany and Hong Kong?Competed for South African senior national teams at meets in Rio de Janeiro and Kenya?Participated in the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg, winning a bronze medal in the 100m back.

PERSONAL: Majoring in broadcasting?Born Taryn Ternent on April 1, 1979, in Johannesburg, South Africa?Daughter of Trevor and Laurraine Ternent?Has one brother, Devon, 18; and one sister, Hayley, 22?Enjoys poetry, movies and sports?Greatest swimming thrill has been winning a bronze medal in the All-Africa Games in 1999?Biggest sports influences on her have been Alexander Popov and Michael Jordan?Favorite food is a Caesar salad?Favorite car is a Porsche Boxster?Favorite movie is Gladiator?Favorite pump-up song is "Supergirl" by the South African group Springbok Nude Girls.

"Lady Vol Swimming and Diving is special because we are a part of the best conference in the country. Every day, we have the opportunity to challenge and better ourselves in order to achieve our potential and greatness."



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