Faster Than School Records in 11 Events, Allie Rogers Transfers to D3 Hendrix

After one season competing with D-I Arkansas in the SEC, Arkansas native Allie Rogers is transferring to D-III Hendrix College for more flexibility with training to focus on her pre-med track and biochemistry studies.

I decided to make this transfer because I wanted to focus more on school and have a better balance with school and swimming. I’m going into my junior year pre-med/ biochemistry and Hendrix has such a great program that appealed to me and being there gives me more opportunities to go into shadowing and interning under doctors. I don’t think I would have an opportunity like that at Arkansas due to training throughout the week and balancing classes.

I also chose Hendrix for the team and the coaches. I’ve known Tony for years and got the pleasure to swim under him for a few months before entering my senior year. I loved working with him and was sad to see him go when he made the transfer to Hendrix but now I am so excited to have two more years with him.

TOP TIMES

  • 100 back – 56.19
  • 200 back – 2:01.19
  • 100 breast – 1:03.66
  • 100 fly – 56.39
  • 200 IM – 2:03.92
  • 400 IM – 4:27.92
  • 200 free – 1:54.13
  • 500 free – 5:05.31

Rogers competed for Arkansas during the 2019-20 season, making their SEC roster and racing the backstrokes and 200 IM at 2020 SECs. She hasn’t had any official racing in since that meet.

Hendrix College, which is also in Arkansas, recently finished fifth at the Southern Athletic Association Championships. Rogers’ presence should immediately get them to move up in the conference; at the 2021 SAA Champs, she would’ve won titles in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 back and 200 breast.

Rogers will also significantly improve Hendrix’s relays; for example, she would’ve made the 400 medley relay at the 2021 SAA Champs roughly ten seconds faster with her 100 back PR. Further, she is faster than school records in the 100/200/500 free, 100/200 back, 100/200 breast, 100/200 fly and 200/400 IM; needless to say, this is a massive pickup for Hendrix.

On the national stage, Rogers should be an NCAA qualifier right off the bat. Her best time would have made the 200 back A-final at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships, while she would’ve made B-finals in the 100 back, 200 IM, 400 IM and 100 breast.

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SwammerMN
6 months ago

Great for the school and her academic goals. Congrats!

Coach
6 months ago

I really wish more kids would do this. Swimming Power 5 D1 isn’t for everybody and shouldn’t be, even if they are capable of it.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Coach
6 months ago

Agreed! Only you can know what is best for yourself and your future. And who knows, she might even be faster with better balance.

Josh Davis
Reply to  Coach
6 months ago

Agreed! And Div II can offer lots of scholarships to people like Allie! Balance, save money and be a rockstar at conference and maybe NCAA’s. I’ve got room at my school for fast folks like her!:) Seriously, congrats to her and Tony, a great coach!

SwimDadandMomof2
6 months ago

Good for her! What a great example she is for other athletes trying to balence sports and academics.
Any school would be lucky to have her!

Daniel Jablonski
6 months ago

You should probably clarify she would A-final in D3 NCAAs; I was confused there for a minute 🤣

About Karl Ortegon

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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