Taylor Pendleton ‘25 advances to the national curling championships
For some students, a typical Friday evening might include dinner with friends, a study session or just a relaxing night in. But for Taylor Pendleton ’25 — an accounting major with minors in marketing and entrepreneurship — his Friday nights involve a drive home to New Hampshire, where he spends hours on the ice training for curling.
This dedication to the sport of curling is why Pendleton’s team has won first place in a regional qualifier, which means he is now advancing to the USA Curling Junior National Championships.
Discovering a passion for curling
Unlike many curlers, Pendleton hasn’t been playing all his life. While most begin their curling careers at ages six or seven, it was pure coincidence that led Pendleton to the sport.
He was playing a game of golf a few years ago with a stranger.
“I ended up playing with the person who wrote the international rulebook on curling,” said Pendleton. “He convinced me to give it a shot, and I convinced him to be our coach.”
Pendleton joined the Junior Development Program at Nashua Country Club (NCC), where he eventually joined forces with four teammates on the NCC Junior Curler team.
This team quickly learned how to work together to create seamless gameplay, and they also became like family away from the ice. The level of synergy on Pendleton’s team goes beyond individual skills and involves a deep understanding of each teammate’s strengths and objectives.
“Because you are 25% of every single shot, 75% is accounted for by other people. You have to have complete faith in your teammates to do their job,” emphasized Pendleton. “The better job we do at trusting each other, the better we perform.”
Salve’s undeniable influence
Pendleton attributes his values of teamwork, trust and hard work to his time at Salve Regina, which has similarly fostered a community of encouragement through small, personal class sizes and its mercy mission.
“There’s a lot of faith between students and faculty to produce good work,” said Pendleton. “I learned a lot about trusting my peers through Salve.”
In addition to supportive peers, Pendleton is also thankful for passionate faculty who have made a difference in his education.
Samuel Sacco, senior lecturer in the Department of Business and Economics, made a lasting first impression because of his enthusiasm for the University and the business department. Pendleton also credits Dr. David Altounian, vice provost and associate professor in the Department of Business and Economics, for providing innovative ways to think about business.
“This past semester, I took MGT-356 Entrepreneurial Marketing with Dr. Altounian, and it completely reshaped the way that I think about entrepreneurship as a whole,” he said.
As the president of Salve’s student-led chapter of the American Marketing Association, Pendleton has also shown leadership abilities around campus. When he completes his education in accounting, marketing and entrepreneurship at Salve, he plans to start his own business making accessible pill bottles for people who battle with fine motor function impairments.
His inspiration to be able to deliver accessible medication stems from witnessing this issue firsthand.
“I saw my grandparents struggling with medication, and I saw there was a problem,” he said. “I thought I could come up with something that’s not only more effective, but also a lot cheaper.”
Winning big in curling
When Pendleton sets his mind on something, his devotion and resilience get him there. This drive is what has led him to success not only in his college career, but in his victory at a At-Large Junior Bonspiel regional qualifier in Massachusetts in November 2023.
Only one of six qualifiers in the country, these regional events determined which teams will move on to the USA Curling Junior National Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in March. The winning teams at the national championship will advance to represent the United States at the 2024 World Junior Curling Championships.
Pendleton said that winning this qualifier was an indescribable feeling for him and his teammates, especially since they were the underdogs of the match.
“It was a lot of pressure to be able to perform against a team who on paper is technically supposed to beat you,” he added. “But we pulled through, stayed together as a team and actually won.”
Pendleton’s aspirations don’t just end at the USA Curling Junior National Championships. He dreams of taking his team to the 2030 Olympics.
“We want to be the team that represents the United States in 2030,” said Pendleton. “A lofty goal, but I think with a lot of dedication and effort we could be one of the contenders that makes it there.”
Featured photo: Pendleton ’25 with his curling teammates holding the regional championship trophy.
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