PHOENIX, Arizona, May 18. LINDSAY Rogers, who swims for coach Andy Pedersen at Hamilton Southeastern High and the Southeastern Swim Club in Fishers, Ind., is the next subject of SwimmingWorldMagazine.com's Promising Seniors-To-Be series.
As of the May 15 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) release of All-American candidates, Rogers is the third-fastest swimmer in the 100 breast (1:01.93). She also posted the following times for consideration: 50 free (24.04), 100 free (51.64), 100 fly (57.39) and 200 IM (2:02.70).
Here is our interview with Rogers:
Was there a watershed mark in your career that made it clear you had a gift for the sport and could achieve big things?
The first time I won an Age Group State championship. At the time, I was only 12 years old, but I was also a busy 12 year old. I wasn't just swimming, because I was also playing basketball and softball as well as dancing. So, when I was up on the podium, it just felt right and I knew that this is something that I love and something I could succeed in.
What type of interaction do you have with your coach when it comes to training? What kind of input do you have?
My coach and I always try to find out new and different strategies in training. I will always tell him what I want to work on whether it's my underwater work or technique. We will compromise on what kind of set we would do. We get along very well. When I am training, I will ask him for help or if I am doing something right.
What are your goals for your senior season?
This year will be the busiest of them all, being a senior and all. Just like every senior, I want to find the best college for me – somewhere that I am comfortable with, that would help me to be successful in the pool and in the classroom. One of the other goals that I have had in the back of my mind is to make it out of semifinals at the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Who has made the biggest impact on your swimming career to this point?
I would have to say my family. They have always supported my decisions, and have never missed a meet. They are always there to support me in whatever I do.
Have you verbally committed to any University? If so, which one and why? If not, who is in your top five and why?
It's up in the air right now considering I'm just a junior, but there is a top five list.
University of Texas
Texas A&M University
University of Georgia
University of Florida
What has the recruiting process been like for you?
Well, it's been great. The coaches at the colleges that I am really considering have sent me all the information that I need. I can't really contact them on the phone or talk to them in person yet, but some coaches come up to watch a practice some times.