Meet the Wildcats: Taylor Carlson

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, UKathletics.com presents “Meet the Wildcats,” an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the 2016 Kentucky Gymnastics team. Today’s Meet the Wildcats features freshman Taylor Carlson.

Carlson joins the Wildcats this year after competing for Aerial Gymnastics Club under the coaching of Don McPherson and his wife Patrice McPherson. She qualified for both the state and regional meet in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, while also qualifying for J.O. Nationals as an alternate in 2012. In 2014, she had an impressive finish at states, placing second on the floor, fourth on vault and fifth on bars for a fourth place all-around finish.

Here’s a bit more on Taylor Carlson:

Quick Facts

Full Name: Taylor Simone Carlson
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois  
Parents: Tara and James Carlson  
Siblings: Jasmine (14), Briana (13) 
Twitter Handle: @_tayyybabe_
Instagram Handle: @_beautayyyful_ 
Major: Undergraduate Studies
Nickname(s): Tay

Get to Know Taylor in Competition

What I like most about Coach Garrison and the staff is…. He is really funny. We all act like one big family and I love it. 
I chose Kentucky because …  University of Kentucky sets you up for success in athletics and academics
I’m most looking forward to our meet with….. Alabama
I’m most excited for this during the season…. Home meets
My role model in gymnastics is… Shawn Johnson
I started competing in gymnastics when I was…. 5  

Taylor Outside of Competition

My favorite movies are…. Real Steel
My favorite musical artist …  Drake  
I want to improve my… Ability to be consistently in lineups and raise my scores on floor or beam to a 9.9 or higher 
I’d dominate this reality show … Minute to Win It
My favorite TV Channels are… MTV
Growing up, my celebrity crush was … Drake
Something not a lot of people know about me is … I’m a Cubs fan  
My dream job is to be…. TV Sports Broadcaster or Physical Therapist
If I had a derby horse, I would name it… Windy
Favorite athlete outside of gymnastics … Derrick Rose


The Wildcats kick off the 2016 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Sun., Dec. 13 at a time still to be determined. The scrimmage will serve as a preview to the 2016 season, with the season opener Excite Night set for Fri., Jan. 8 against Ball State at 7 p.m. All home meets will be held in Memorial Coliseum. 


For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Gymnastics program, go to UKathletics.com. Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates and more can be found on Twitter at @UKGymnastics and Facebook at Facebook.com/UKGymnastics.