BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Rising junior swimmer at Cal State Bakersfield Kris Rogic made history this past season as a 'Runner and this summer he's set to make history for his school and his home country of Croatia, competing in the 2019 FINA World Championships.
Rogic wrapped up preparation here in Bakersfield with the competition set for July 21st as he'll compete in the 50 meter backstroke with possibility to compete in the 100 meter back as well. Becoming the first 'Runner to represent in a world championship.
"I'm very excited, yeah, I'm very honored represent my country, this is the first time I'm on the senior team, represent Croatia for all ages and especially at a world meet like this, so I'm pretty psyched," Rogic said.
Rogic won four national titles last summer on the Croatian Junior Team and already owns a CSUB record in the 100 yard backstroke while ranking third all-time in the 200 back and 200 IM. If he does well in this upcoming world meet, it could help his chances of reaching the 2020 Olympic Games.
"This is the fastest meet in the world, the next step is the Olympics so certainly having someone swim that caliber from CSUB is huge for us," said CSUB swimming coach Chris Hansen.