Alabama Relay All-American Colton Stogner Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Illinois native Colton Stogner has entered the NCAA transfer portal after three years with the University of Alabama. Stogner told SwimSwam that ‘nothing is set in stone’ yet and that he is currently exploring grad school opportunities with his extra year of COVID-19 eligibility. Since this past season won’t count against eligibility, Stogner should have two seasons remaining if he chooses to swim in grad school.

“I’m thankful for the memories and relationships I’ve made with my teammates and wish them the best in these upcoming seasons. I entered the portal to look into grad school opportunites, but the relationship with my coaches has deteriorated and I will not be returning to Alabama Swimming.”

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 19.57
  • 100 free – 42.90
  • 100 breast – 53.33
  • 100 fly – 46.45

Stogner is a talented sprinter, with strong times in sprint free in addition to butterfly and breaststroke. He did not make Alabama’s SEC squad as a freshman in 2018-19, but he did in 2020 as a sophomore, chipping in C-final appearances in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly.

At the 2021 SEC Championships, Stogner finished seventh in the 100 fly (46.55) and made B-finals in the 50 and 100 free events. He swam on all four short relays at SECs this past season, including the SEC title-winning 400 free relay, where he split a 42.01 on a flying start. He went on to swim all four relays again at the 2021 NCAA Championships, splitting an 18.93 on the 200 free relay to help them to third place overall, while he also split 42.33 on their seventh-place 400 free relay and split 20.0/45.6 fly on their medley relays which both scored, too.

Stogner would be an NCAA relay boost for the majority of teams in the nation with his split performance this past season, and his progression indicates he could become an NCAA scoring threat in the future.

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DeepSouth
4 months ago

Well that’s a hell of a quote.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  DeepSouth
4 months ago

Agreed! Why did he feel compelled to put that in there? Just go where you want and be done with it. Social media is forever. I have to review social media when looking at potential employees. This would give me pause. Saying some negative on the way out and showing you could not make a relationship work. I know I am pulling a ton from one sentence. Only doing it to showcase how many could view this.

Erik
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 months ago

Pretty sure every down vote you get is someone who got fired for the same thing.

Tide Continues to Roll in the Wrong Direction
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 months ago

I would be bitter if my coaches had given me their blessings to enter the portal to check out grad school opportunities and then kicked me off the team when I did so. If they weren’t okay with it, they should have said so before. Colton’s quote is far nicer than mine would have been. The guy had planned to swim his senior year at Alabama, finishing out his college career there. Anyone who thinks he was in the wrong to be thinking about his future and grad school opportunities, obviously doesn’t understand that the primary purpose of education is academics. If he had entered the portal without first discussing it with his coaches, that would be one thing, but… Read more »

swimmingly
Reply to  DeepSouth
4 months ago

I’d asked before “if entering the portal has to happen before an athlete can officially start talking to other coaches, how is entering not an implicit goodbye to the athletes current program”?

Seems like he entered the portal to keep his options open, then things went south.

Would welcome hearing of athletes who entered the portal, but ultimately decided to stick with their current team, and experienced no ramifications from the coaching staff.

CoachClassy
Reply to  swimmingly
4 months ago

Many teams (and most influenced by department expectations and/or policies) cut an athlete loose if they go into the transfer portal. Yes I hear they are “seeing what’s out there” and that kind of talk can catch fire and bring down/affect a culture of a program.

bamasider
Reply to  CoachClassy
4 months ago

Ok but the above story is only like 90% true. The kid told Margo he was planning to enter the portal after next season, to go somewhere else for grad school, and she told him to just be gone now.

Seems like at this point, Margo needs any warm bodies to keep the team afloat next season while she gets her recruiting legs underneath her. So, this is a strange move to me.

But, Margo will get what she wanted out of the deal, and sounds like maybe Colton is dodging an inevitable interpersonal conflict, so maybe it’s for the best for all involved.

coach
Reply to  bamasider
4 months ago

If that’s what really happened, that is quite disappointing. Athletes should be able to have these open conversations with their coaches without fear of being kicked off a team.

Guy
4 months ago

“but the relationship with my coaches has deteriorated“ wow

Coach Cwik
Reply to  Guy
4 months ago

Story I was told, he went in to talk about options. Head Coach had a temper tantrum and kicked him off the team.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach Cwik
4 months ago

Well, she is a woman, and they’re highly emotional, not fit to be leaders. Or so about half the voting public say.

John
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

The internet is a permanent place….

Confused
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

How does stuff like this make it past the swimswam mods

please & thank you
Reply to  Confused
4 months ago

Um… not much moderating going on around here…

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Confused
4 months ago
Way Down in Kokomo
Reply to  Confused
4 months ago

with all due respect, this is stuff the swim swam mods need to allow to be posted, there is value in knowing when a program doesn’t fit for a kid, especially for coaching reasons- because this board and swim swam is really for the klds, right?

samos
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

shame on u

Not sexist
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

What is wrong with you?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Not sexist
4 months ago

Check out the Hillary Clinton vote in the presidential election, and the talking points about emotional women not fit to be leaders. Weak and sickly is how she was portrayed. You’re just ignorant if you don’t know why it’s taken til the 46th VP to have a woman and still no woman president.

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

My guy spittin straight facts fr. His message definitely isn’t satire.

RTR
4 months ago

Tear it up Colton, wherever you go! It’s been awesome watching you race! If it somehow things could all work out, I’d love to see you swimming for Bama for 2 more seasons!

applesandoranges
4 months ago

Maybe South Carolina, but maybe not after that comment.

Riccardo
4 months ago

It’s sad to see someone who has done incredibly well in a program lose their love for it. But these things happen. I wish him well in the future.

At a quick glance, Stogner was likely a small scholarship swimmer or walk on when he got to Alabama and made a staggering amount of improvement in the program to get to the times he is at now.

As a high schooler he was:

20.70 50 Free

45.4 100 Free

57.9 100 Breast

51.2 100 Fly

deepsouth
Reply to  Riccardo
4 months ago

absolutely insane improvement. Kudos to the young man.

Coach Cwik
Reply to  Riccardo
4 months ago

The kid was on a Book’s Scholarship. He was in tears after the meeting, where he was kicked off the team. This kid was Bama all the way, but he was destroyed by the current coach.

Name
Reply to  Coach Cwik
4 months ago

Which coach?? Nobody has answered this yet

tea rex
4 months ago

Which coaches? Alabama will have 3 head coaches in one year. Not surprised to see morale less than excellent.

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  tea rex
4 months ago

Another commentor close to the situation said that it was Margo. Not sure if that’s true or not.

Obvious
Reply to  tea rex
4 months ago

My guess would be the current head coach, I don’t think prior head coaches can cut someone after they’ve relinquished that position.

Less than excellent morale? It sounds like the kid wanted to stay at Alabama.

Alice
Reply to  Obvious
3 months ago

Then he should of focused on next year not entering portal.

Johnf
4 months ago

I personally like his comment and applaud his candor.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
4 months ago

Well… if we can take him at his word/quote, he ain’t swimming at Bama anymore no matter!! Wonder if he wishes he could “retract” that “but the relationship with my coaches has deteriorated” part of his quote? Time will tell!!

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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