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.