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Gavin Rogers from Highlands Ranch Aquatics and Valor Christian in suburban Denver has verbally committed to LSU. A high school junior, Rogers is anticipated to arrive on campus in the fall of 2021.
Primarily a butterflier and middle-distance freestyler, as a sophomore last season Rogers finished 7th at the Colorado 5A (big school) High School State Championship meet in the 500 yard free. His junior season high school championships which were scheduled for this month were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A year early, at the 4A (small school) championship, Rogers was 6th in the 100 fly and 500 free as a freshman.
Rogers swam in the C-final, placing 21st overall, in the 200 fly at the Winter Junior West Championships in December.
Best Times in Yards:
- 200 free – 1:41.35
- 500 free – 4:35.36
- 100 fly – 49.98
- 200 fly – 1:48.62
- 200 IM – 1:56.75
- 400 IM – 4:09.67
Rogers is also a U.S. Open and Summer Juniors qualifier in the 200 fly with a long course best time of 2:03.80.
It took a 1:46.67 to qualify for the scoring C final at last year’s SEC Championship meet. LSU’s top finisher in that event was graduating senior Lewis Clough, who was 19th in 1:45.65.
The LSU men finished 9th out of 10 teams at last year’s SEC Championship meet, but picked up big momentum when freshman Brooks Curry was a surprise winner of the SEC title in the 100 free.
Rogers is a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.
He joins an LSU class of 2021 that includes freestyler and backstroker Nick Toepfer and middle-distance freestyler Brendan Hausdorf.
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