Winter Juniors Finalist Gavin Lindley Commits to Alabama

by Anya Pelshaw 1

January 14th, 2022 College, College Recruiting, News, SEC

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Gavin Lindley from Rogers, Arkansas has announced his commitment to swim and study at the University of Alabama beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. 

“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama! I’d like to thank my parents, coaches, and teammates for getting me to this point and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. ROLL TIDE❕❗️🐘”

Lindley swims for Northwest Arkansas Aquatics out of Bentonville, AR. He just finished his third year of swimming and has made great strides recently. 

In December, he competed at Winter Juniors West and earned many best times. Those times included the 50 (20.86), 100 (44.41), and 200 (1:39.36) freestyles as well as the 100 backstroke (49.72) and 200 IM (1:50.97). His 100 freestyle time also earned him a 15th place finish in the ‘B’ final. His 100 freestyle was a huge drop from 2020 as he went from a 46.11 in 2020 to a 44.41 in 2021. 

Lindley is in the middle of his senior year at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, AR. In 2020, he earned high school swimming All-State honors.

His best short course times include:

  • 50 freestyle: 20.86
  • 100 freestyle: 44.41
  • 200 freestyle: 1:39.36
  • 200 IM: 1:50.97
  • 100 backstroke: 49.72

The University of Alabama is a public university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The school is a member of the SEC. The team is in its first season under head coach Margo Geer and is projected to send eight men to NCAAs this year based on the SwimSwam midseason projected cut list. 

The men’s team finished fifth out of 10 teams at the 2021 SEC Championships. Lindley is just off of what it took to earn a second swim at SEC’s. It took times of 19.97 in the 50, 43.81 in the 100, and 1:36.63 in the 200 freestyles to earn a second swim. 

Based on this season’s results so far, Lindley would be fifth on the roster in the 200 freestyle and 10th in the 100 freestyle. He will overlap three years with current top 50, 100, and 200 freestyler on the roster Kaique Alves as Alves is only a freshman. 

Alabama has not had an Arkansas athlete, male or female, on their roster since at least the 2007-2008 season, which is as far back as the records go.  Lindley will arrive on campus in fall 2022 as a member of the class of 2026 along with mid-distance freestylers John Hayes and Dax Harris, distance freestyler Tanner Jones, sprinters Ethan Otten and Drayden Bell, and sprint/mid-distance freestyler Connor Little. Little and Lindley are closest in their strongest events. Little goes a 20.56 in his 50, 44.90 in his 100, and 1:38.80 in his 200 freestyles.

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Sean Workman
2 days ago

Let’s go Gavin!!! Alabama landed a good one!