Catholic High’s Colin Bone breaks two meet records at Capital City Swim League Championships _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Catholic High swimmer Colin Bone on his commitment to Auburn: 'Whenever I started looking at the schools I’d visited, I found myself comparing what the others had or did to what Auburn had. It kept coming back to Auburn.'

Colin Bone said Auburn stayed in the back of his mind as he continued to make other recruiting visits.

The Catholic High senior swimmer has put the Tigers at the head of the class now. Bone, Louisiana’s top senior, committed to Auburn on Tuesday.

“I’m incredibly pleased with my decision,” Bone said. “I went to Georgia on my first visit, and that was an awesome experience. Then I went to Auburn and North Carolina State.

“Whenever I started looking at the schools I’d visited, I found myself comparing what the others had or did to what Auburn had. It kept coming back to Auburn.”

Bone qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle over the summer. He has earned automatic All-America honors multiple times from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association as a high school swimmer.

In addition to winning every individual event he has competed in for Catholic at the LHSAA’s Division I state meet over the past three years, Bone has set multiple state records. He holds the Division I individual records in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles. His efforts have helped the Bears capture the past two Division I state titles.

Last spring Bone became the first swimmer to be voted a finalist for The Advocate’s Athlete of the Year award since former Parkview Baptist and Stanford standout Shelly Ripple Johnson won the award in 1998.

When asked why Auburn was his obvious choice, Bone said he liked the school’s coaches and the team. He said there was one other bonus.

“One of things that impressed me the most was the amount of resources that are available to the swimmers,” Bone said. “They have two 50-meter pools and one 25-yard pool they can train in along with a separate weight training facility. They offer a lot.”