UC Santa Barbara
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG WEST
2009: Quickly earned a starting position in the lineup...Tallied two goals and six assists during the season...Scored against Cal State San Bernardino (Jan. 24) and Loyola Marymount (Apr. 17)...Collected 12 steals and earned seven penalties or ejections...Earned the UCSB Athletics Department Golden Eagle Award for the highest GPA on the women's water polo team...Was named to the Big West All-Academic Team.
2008: Tallied two goals for the Gauchos, first in the season-opener against Fresno Pacific (Feb. 2) and the second in a 16-6 win over Pacific (Apr. 13)...Also tallied an assist and four steals.
2007: Appeared in over 32 games as a freshman...Scored a season-high two goals against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Mar. 10)...Finished the season with a total of seven goals, six assists and nine steals.
Played at Gulliver Preparatory under coach Alex Bennett...Member of four-straight state championship teams which went 147-1 during her varsity career...All-Miami-Dade County First Team selection in both 2005 and 2006, in addition to Third-Team All-American honors as a junior and senior...Also a standout volleyball player, she was one of five nominees for the Miami-Dade County Female Athlete of the Year award in 2006...Captained both her volleyball and water polo teams...Female Athlete of the Year at Gulliver Prep...Awarded with "Unsung Hero" accolades following her senior year of water polo and named her volleyball team's Most Valuable Player...Was also a member of her high school's basketball team.
Played with Florida Coast Water Polo...Helped team to an 11th place finish at the 2006 National Junior Olympics in Ventura County.
Kathryn Taylor Byrne was born on Aug. 15, 1988 in Miami, Fla....Parents are Wynn and Michael Byrne...Has one brother, Jake...Nicknamed "Tay"...Is a global studies major at UCSB...Not a fan of being far from the water...When out of the pool enjoys surfing, wakeboarding and fishing...Names "Wedding Crashers" as her favorite movie...Likes to listen to country music...Says that winning state her senior year was her most memorable athletic experience.