Twins Madison and Skylar Rogan dove into the pool this fall, as two of the newest members of UNC Asheville’s women’s swim team. They also joined the university as the third set of twins currently competing in collegiate sports for the Bulldogs.
For the Rogans, competition comes in the family. The twin sisters have been in the pool since they were 6 years old, frequently competing against each other, and learning from their parents, who now compete in triathlons.
“We used to be competitive because we raced the same stuff. Our times were really close in the same events, and we’d be racing each other,” said Skylar, “But as we got older we’ve spread out and swim different events. It’s not as bad anymore, and we are just happy for each other.”
Madison swims the Individual Medley (IM), free, and the fly, specializing in the 200 fly, 400 IM, 100 fly, and 500 free. Skylar swims the fly and free with specialization in 500 free, 200 free, and 1650 free.
They previously swam in club swimming in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, but both knew they wanted to continue swimming in college, particularly because of the team camaraderie, though each selected schools individually.
“We said that we weren’t going to make our decision based on each other but at the same time we went to all the same places and talked about it together,” Madison said.
“And we really love Asheville as a place in general,” said Skylar, “We definitely wanted to choose a place that if something happened and we couldn’t swim we wanted to be happy with the school, and the town.”
Though they are known as “The Twins” on the team, Madison and Skylar are ready to make a name for themselves in the first season of collegiate competition. They are also looking into health and wellness promotion as their majors, a complementary course to their activities in the pool.
“Usually we do sets in groups, but there is this one set where we do it all together and it’s 50s” Skylar said, “We’re on the wall a lot, and every time we touch the wall everyone is screaming, ‘Go Madison! Go Skylar!’ It is so much motivation!”
Madison added, “It’s amazing. The first time we were shocked. I didn’t even know where it was coming from, I just kept hearing my name.”