Tori is from Dallas and started swimming competitively at age 5 for City of Plano Swimmers. By age 10 she won her first state championship in breaststroke. She continued to win state championships in breaststroke and IM although Tori swam butterfly and backstroke for JJ Pearce HS. She held Top 16 times in the nation for the next five years. Tori attended SMU and received her MFA from the University of Chicago where she studied to be an illustrator and animator. Today she is still a swim coach for her old swim team, COR.