LSU Picks Up Georgia 6A Champ #19 Roman Valdez (2022)

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Carpet Capital Aquatics Club sprinter Roman Valdez has verbally committed to LSU for fall 2022. A junior at Dalton High School in Georgia, Valdez ranks #19 on SwimSwam’s Top 20 Boys in the HS class of 2022.

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 21.02
  • 100 free – 44.90
  • 200 free – 1:37.87
  • 500 free – 4:36.26
  • 100 back – 50.84
  • 100 fly – 50.99

Valdez’s best events are the 100 and 200 free, and his speed in those helped land him a Top 20 recruiting nomination. Since the pandemic hit, he’s gone lifetime bests in the 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast (1:00.17), 200 breast (2:14.43) and 400 IM (4:05.89).

At the 2020 Georgia HS 6A State Championships, Valdez helped Dalton to a team title with two individual titles, claiming the 100 free and 200 free and hitting his current bests in both. He also swam on both of Dalton’s free relays, which both won state titles.

Valdez joins a sprint group that has been revitalized by sophomore Brooks Curry, who has quickly developed into one of the best sprinters in the NCAA. Last season, in his freshman debut, Curry won the SEC title in the 100 free and finished second in the 200 free, his 41.81 in the 100 free ranking fourth in the country for the entire season. Curry is another Georgia-to-LSU talent.

Last season, Valdez would’ve been #3 in the 200 free and #6 in the 100 free on LSU’s roster. He joins Josh Cobia, another sprinter, in LSU’s class of 2026.

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guy
6 months ago

Josh Cobia de-committed from LSU

Whoa
6 months ago

He swims for….. “Carpet Capital” ?

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  Whoa
6 months ago

Very well known team in GA, especially for their strong underwaters. They’ve produced some exceptional sprint and mid distance swimmers.

I take it you’re not from GA, but Dalton is known as the “Carpet Capital of the World.” Hence the name for the aquatic club.

BigCarotTop
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
6 months ago

great place to get laid

GA Boy
Reply to  Whoa
6 months ago

Carpet capital has pumped out good swimmers consistently for years. Located in Dalton, GA, which produces roughly half of the worlds flooring materials, they have produced Jr National champions, such as Taylor Dale and Ethan Young. As a club of roughly 70 swimmers, they have been top 30 at each of the last 3 Jr National meets. Deemed as the best team per capita in the state of Georgia, their male A relays are consistently competitive at the state and National levels. Truly a bright spot for small clubs in the National scene!

Paula Dean Farris
Reply to  GA Boy
6 months ago

*best male team per capita in the state… maybe

spike ball gang
Reply to  Whoa
6 months ago

CCAC IS GOATEDDDDDDDD

GA Boy
6 months ago

Absolute beast! One of the strongest flutterkickers I have ever seen! He’ll be a huge addition to LSU and be an immediate difference maker and conference scorer!

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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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