Huskies Add One More High School Star to Incoming Fall Class

April 10, 2008

Taylor Smith

SEATTLE - The Washington softball team has added another player to next year's incoming class in Timberline High School star Taylor Smith. The 5'10 senior from Olympia has accepted an offer of admission to the UW and will join four other high school seniors that signed National Letters of Intent back in November.

Smith, who can play either catcher or in the outfield, was the Co-MVP of the Western Cascade Conference last season and was also a first team all-state selection.

'Taylor is a versatile athlete who will push for time behind the plate or in the outfield,' said Huskies head coach Heather Tarr. 'Taylor knows how to compete both on and off the field.

'We are anxious to get her here in the fall and to see her make huge strides within our system.'

Smith has lettered in each of her first three seasons at Timberline and has earned first team All-WCC honors the past two seasons after being named to the second team as a freshman. She was also named to the All-Area team by The Olympian following her sophomore and junior seasons, and has won the Timberline High School Distinguished Scholar Award the past two years.

'I chose Washington because I loved the coaches and the girls,' said Smith, who also lettered four years in volleyball. 'It just felt right. It had more of a family feel and I really liked that.

'The University of Washington is a beautiful school with great tradition, and I felt like it was the best place for me to reach my academic goals, as well as my athletic goals.'

The Huskies will now have five freshmen joining them next season. In addition to Smith, pitcher/outfielder Jenna Clifton (Glendale, Ariz.), pitcher/first baseman Felecia Harris (Kent, Wash.), outfielder Kimi Pohlman (Sammamish, Wash.) and infielder Niki Williams (Lake Forest, Calif.) are set to arrive next fall.

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