Taylor DeVries got her start in gymnastics at the age of two after parents caught her running around and doing flips all over the house. Taylor loved being in the gym from the start and began competing in December 2012 as a level 5 with Gymnastic Academy of Rockford. In her first season of competitive gymnastics, Taylor came in the top 10 on bars, floor, and in the all around at the Illinois State Championships.
Due to the USAG skill/level change, Taylor competed a second season of level 5 during the 2014 season and went on to earn a silver medal on floor and bronze medal in the all around at the Illinois State Championships. During the summer of 2014, Taylor participated in TOPs Testing. From state testing, Taylor qualified to national testing from which she made the TOPs National B Team.
Taylor began her optional career in January 2015 as a level 7 at the San Diego Classic. Here, Taylor won the bars title and came in second on beam and in the all around. Four months later at the Illinois State Championships, Taylor earned a gold medal on floor and bronze medal in the all around.
Following her 2015 level 7 season, Taylor competed one meet of level 8 in December of 2015 and then went on to compete level 9 during the 2016 season. At her first meet as a level 9, Taylor took fifth on beam. In March at the Illinois State Championships, Taylor had a solid competition and qualified to the Region 5 Championships. At regionals, Taylor was only able to compete bars, but had a strong finish to her season.
After her 2016 level 9 season, Taylor began training at Legacy Elite Gymnastics. Taylor competed a second year of level 9 during the 2017 season and earned a silver medal on floor and bronze medal on bars at the Illinois State Championships. Three weeks later at the Region 5 Championships, Taylor had a great competition, placing second on bars and in the all around, qualifying to the Eastern Championships. Taylor concluded her season at Eastern with another great performance, taking home a silver medal on bars and finishing in the top 10 on beam and in the all around.
Taylor kicked off her first level 10 season at the Classic Spectacular in January 2018 were she won the bars title. Taylor continued to improve throughout the season and finished fifth on bars at state as well as qualified to the Region 5 Championships. At regionals, Taylor earned a bronze medal on floor and finished fifth on bars and the all around to qualify to her first JO National Championships. Taylor finished her first national championships with solid performances across all four events and medaled on floor. Following her JO Nationals meet, Taylor competed at the National Elite Qualifier where she earned her Hopes 12-13 compulsory score.
As a second year level 10 in 2019, Taylor began her season at the King Arthur Invitational and came in second on bars as well as fourth on vault and in the all around. Taylor missed out on the Illinois State Championships, but was able to petition on to regionals where she finished sixth all around to qualify to her second JO Nationals. Taylor concluded her season at JO Nationals with a top 10 finish on bars.
After her 2019 level 10 season, Taylor began training at Phenom Gymnastics. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor was only able to compete two meets before the remainder of the season was canceled. Taylor began training at Flips Gymnastics North Shore after the conclusion of her 2020 season.
Taylor kicked off her 2021 level 10 season at the UGA Invitational and came in second in the all around. At her next meet, the Buckeye Classic, Taylor won the bars, floor, and all around titles. Taylor had her best performance at the season two weeks later at the BIG Classic where she won the bars title with a 9.850 as well as the beam, floor and all around titles with a 38.050. In March at the Illinois State Championships, Taylor earned a silver medal on bars and sixth all around. At the Region 5 Championships, Taylor came in third on bars and sixth all around to qualify for her third Development Program National Championships (formerly JO Nationals).
Currently, Taylor trains 25 hours per week under coaches Cari Miller, and Andrey Nikitin at Flips North Shore Gymnastics. In the future, Taylor hopes to earn a full ride scholarship to a division 1 gymnastics program, with her dream school being the University of Alabama.