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March 15, 2009 at 1:00 PM

More on UW coach Lorenzo Romar’s daughter

TRomar.jpgOne thing that didn’t fit in today’s story about Taylor Romar, the daughter of Washington men’s coach Lorenzo, was how she might have saved freshman forward Liz Lay from homesickness.
Now, Lay is a very logical person. She readily admits that even if she did attend school 30-minutes from her native Oklahoma City home that she still wouldn’t have had time to be around her family like in high school. But Lay is always on the phone with her mother and siblings and said getting to know Taylor, who’s on the Husky Spirit Squad, helped. Particularly with Lay rehabilitating a surgically repaired knee through an 8-22 season where skeptics constantly asked about her coach’s job stability and whether Lay would transfer.
Lay and Romar met in passing on campus and since the latter is so outgoing, a conversation struck. Now they’re good friends, regularly getting frozen yogurt together and hanging at poetry slams on campus. Lay and freshman forward Mollie Williams, another friend of Romar’s, were even courtside when Taylor’s Dad coached the Huskies to the deciding game in winning the school’s first outright Pac-10 championship last week.
Lay was also at the Romar house for Thanksgiving.
“That really helped, being around a family atmosphere,” Lay said. “The deserts were the best. She [Mrs. Romar] made a really, really good banana pudding and a good jambalaya.”
At games, Taylor Romar (who’s pictured right dancing in New York, courtesy of her) is goofy with Lay and Williams, too. When there’s a chance before the action starts, they all try to make each other laugh.
“You can tell she does it all by her body and the way she presents herself,” Lay said of Romar being a trained ballerina. “She’s really graceful on the floor and off the floor. I really like watching her dance. And you can really joke around and laugh when she’s at the games. It’s good to have friends watching you.”

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