Swimming & Diving
Roger Watkins - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Pearl River

Major – Mining Engineering

2001-02 ? Collected NCAA ?B? cuts in the 100- and 200y breaststrokes ? Was a member of the 200y-medley relay team that collected an NCAA ?B? cut (1:29.50) at the conference championships … Swam a leg for the 400y-medley relay team that set the school record (3:19.05) at the SEC Championships … Owns the UK record in both the 100y- and 200y breaststrokes … Is seventh on the school’s all-time list in the 50y freestyle … Competed at the NCAA Championships for the first time as an individual, placing 26th in the 100y breaststroke and 31st in the 200y breaststroke … Scored points for UK at the SEC Championships with a 12th-place finish in the 200y breaststroke and a 14th-place finish in the 100y breaststroke … Also placed 20th in the 50y freestyle … Was part of the 200y-freestyle relay team that recorded the 30th-best time in collegiate competition for the year (1:20.82 – SEC Championships) … Won the 100y- and 200y breaststrokes at the Nike Cup, setting a career high in the 200 … Time of 54.85 in the 100y breaststroke ended up as the 25th-fastest time recorded in collegiate competition for the year while his time of 1:59.86 in the 200 was the 34th … Took home a third-place finish in the 50y freestyle at the Nike Cup … 46.27 in the opening leg of the 400y freestyle relay established a career best in the 100y freestyle … Placed third in the 100y breaststroke at the SEC East Extravaganza.

2000-01 – Established school records in the 100y- and 200y breaststroke; member of the 200y-medley relay, 400y-medley relay and 200y-freestyle relay teams that set UK records … Made the NCAA ?B? cuts in the 100y and 200y breaststroke as well as in the 200y-medley and 200y-freestyle relays … Member of the honorable mention All-America 200y-freestyle relay and 200y-medley relay teams; finished 21st in 100y breaststroke and 26th in 200y breaststroke at NCAAs; member of 200y-freestyle relay team that finished 14th … Placed eighth in 100y breaststroke, 16th in 200y breaststroke and 22nd in the 50y freestyle at SECs … Placed first in the 100y breaststroke at Cincinnati … Claimed victory in 200y breaststroke at LSU … Placed second in both 100y- and 200y breaststrokes and 15th in the 50y freestyle at the Texas A&M Invitational … Member of 200y freestyle team that placed second at Texas A&M Invitational … Placed first in 50y freestyle at IUPUI dual meet … Placed second as part of a top-3 sweep in 50y freestyle and second in 200y breaststroke at Indiana … Swam to a seventh-place finish in the 100y breaststroke, a 10th-place finish in the 200y breaststroke and a 14th-place finish in the 200y IM at the SEC East Extravaganza … Opened season with a second-place finish in the 50y freestyle vs. Louisville.

1999-00 – Owns the school record in the 100y breaststroke and is in the top 10 for the 200y breaststroke … Finished 16th in the 200y breaststroke, 17th in the 100y breaststroke, and 29th in the 50y freestyle at the SEC championships … Placed 13th in the 50y freestyle, 19th in the 100y butterfly, and 22nd in the 200y breaststroke at the Nike Cup … Finished second in the 200y breaststroke against Tennessee in a UK sweep.

Pre-College – Four-year letterman at Pearl River High School… Three-time high school state champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke… Junior National Qualifier… Finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke, 10th in the 50 freestyle, and 21st in the 100 butterfly at the 1999 Spring Junior Nationals… Lettered two years in basketball and once in track at Pearl River… Father played basketball at Mississippi State… Chose the Cats over Georgia Tech, LSU, and West Virginia… Hobbies include outdoor activities.

Best Times – 100 breaststroke – 54.84; 200 breaststroke – 1:59.86; 50 freestyle – 20.85; 100 freestyle – 46.27; 100 butterfly – 51.29.

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