Stroked the 2V8+ all season until the NCAA Championships, where she stroked the V4+ crew...led the Bruins' 2V8+ to consecutive dual-meet wins over Loyola Marymount (March 6) and San Diego State (March 13)...stroked the 2V8+ to a second-place finish on the first day of the San Diego Crew Classic (March 27-28)...lost to Clemson before defeating Notre Dame at the SoCal Challenge (April 10)...led the 2V8+ past Oregon State and San Diego State at Dexter Lake, Ore. (April 17)...helped the 2V8+ defeat USC in the annual crosstown rivalry regatta (May 1)...led the Bruins to a fifth-place team finish at the Pac-10 Championships (May 16) after the 2V8+ finished sixth...stroked the V4+ at the NCAA Championships (May 28-30), leading the boat to a fourth-place finish in its elimination heat on day one...finished last in the repechage later in the day on Friday...rebounded with a second-place finish in the V4+ Third Final on the final day of competition.
Stroked the second varsity eight in several early-season races...stroked the 2V8+ in UCLA's dual-meet victories against Loyola Marymount (March 7) and San Diego State (March 14)...stroked the 2V8+ at the Pac-10 Challenge (March 28-29).
Competed on the soccer, track and cross-country teams at Los Alamitos High School.
Competed for the Long Beach Junior Crew...helped win two national championships - in 2008 with the women's varsity 4x and in 2007 with the women's varsity eight...helped win three state championships - in 2008 with the women's varsity 4x and in 2007 with the women's varsity 8+ and 4+...helped lead her crew to a first-place finish in the women's varsity 4+ at the 2008 Head of the Charles.
Full name: Taylor Danielle Vella...born July 23, 1990 in Long Beach, Calif...is the younger of Christopher and Kimri Vella's two children...has one older brother, Alexander...pre-business-economics major.