This week’s Class Act of the Week isn’t a mermaid but she might as well be.
Klein Oak High School’s Taylor Davidson is a record-setting swimmer who has been in the pool since she was a child.
Davidson says, “I definitely didn’t expect I would stay in as long as this. I didn’t expect to stay as long as I have. I fell in love with the sport since I was eight years old and I am still in love with it.”
She has to love the sport since she practices twice a day for two hours at a time with a little time off for the weekend.
“24 hours a week so that’s a full day of swimming in one week… ha-ha. I mean I love competing, that’s what I love about swimming. I mean I love racing. That’s definitely my passion. I mean not a lot of swimmers say they love to practice, and I definitely don’t love to practice but I love to race.”
Davidson not only has a passion for the water, but for music as well. She’s been part of the Klein Oak orchestra for the past four years where she plays the viola.
“I don’t really like practicing my instrument, but I love to perform.”
With all the time spent perfecting her skills with the bow and in the pool, you’d think she’d struggle academically, but that’s not the case at all. Davidson is in the top five percent of her class and she’s already been accepted to the University of Evansville.
“I really wanted a small school. I’m going to be a biology/pre-medicine major.”
Klein Oak Swim/Dive Coach Kyle Subda says, “She’s very dedicated. A quick learner. Very, very hard worker. Time management is impeccable. For her to be top 5% of her class is unbelievable in a school this size.”
Her father Eric Davidson adds, “She gets up at five in the morning and doesn’t stop until 9 o’clock at night during the week so there is very little time spent watching TV.”
Taylor says, “It’s really hard to maintain a social life. I mean I’ve had a… you know say no to a lot people. I can’t hang out tonight; I have practice in the morning.”
But practice makes perfect.
Subda says, “She’s a perfectionist.”
And the perfect choice as a class act.