Illinois Sprinter Colton Stogner Announces Verbal to Alabama

Bloomington, Illinois’ Colton Stogner has announced his commitment to swim for the University of Alabama next fall. Joining him in the class of 2022 will be fellow verbal commits Cole Brown, John Shelstad, Nicholas Perera, Noland Deas, and Spencer Walker.

“I chose the University of Alabama because of the expert coaching staff and team atmosphere in addition to their phenomenal engineering department. Thank you to my family, coaches and friends for supporting and encouraging me. I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Crimson Tide family and continue my journey at Alabama. Roll Tide ????️”

Stogner is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and NISCA All-American from University High School in Normal, Illinois. He tied for fifth in the 50 free (20.90) and placed sixth in the 100 free (45.77) at the 2017 IHSA Boys’ State Championship. He also led off Normal U-High’s 200 free and 400 free relays, both of which finished 11th.

Stogner does not belong to a club team. Outside of the high school season he trains with his father, Jared Stogner, using methods similar to USRPT (Ultra Short Race Pace Training), the training methodology made famous by Michael Andrew and his father, Peter Andrew. The last time Stogner swim LCM was in the summer of 2016.

SCY times:

  • 50 free – 20.70
  • 100 free – 45.46
  • 200 free – 1:42.91
  • 100 back – 55.05
  • 100 breast – 57.91
  • 100 fly – 51.21

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ex quaker
3 years ago

Kind of interesting that the majority of Bama’s recruiting class is out of the Midwest, Illinois in particular…

3 years ago

My dad was a good timer and enjoyed working the grill at my summer meets. He would not have been a good coach though…

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 years ago

As a former summer meet Dad, I hated working the grill and being a timer. Score sheet runner was the best job. I also would not have been a good coach.

3 years ago

Sweet Jesus, Dennis’ yardage is going to be a massive culture shock for this boy.

Reply to  Name
3 years ago

yeah, why would he choose such a program?

Reply to  paloozas
3 years ago

Even in the sprint group he will get obliterated by the yardage, but I feel that would happen to anyone that trains USRPT and then goes off to college. Those 2 hour workouts are gonna feel like they last forever

Reply to  paloozas
3 years ago

“such a program”
dude you know nothing about the program. The head coach likes high yardage but I hear only a couple practices a week are his to write and the sprint group rarely does them at all.

Kelly Stogner
Reply to  paloozas
2 years ago

Colton has had a great year and enjoyed being part of the amazing University of Alabama Swim/Dive team. Coach Jonty Skinner is fantastic!

3 years ago

Dang USRPT catching on? Are there any other high profile recruits y’all know of that are using this method?

Im interested in seeing the first club to implement it fully and do triples. 3 45 min practices. One before school. One right after, one in the late evening?

Or if you had connections during lunch period at school? Possibilities are endless with the format

Jared Stogner
3 years ago

I’m not sure where the reference came from, but he did not follow USRPT training methods. There was certainly more focus on dense workouts and higher intensity, but not USRPT.

Gary P
3 years ago

Congrats to Colton…and boo to the person who down-voted his dad/coach for clarifying his non-connection to USRPT.

I don’t know what they’re putting in the water over there in Bloomington/Normal, but it seems there’s been a bumper crop of fast HS swimmers in the area lately, especially on the girls side.

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