Amity High is known for its championship pedigree. Colin Roy has had no problem fitting in.
Involved in championship swim meets since his freshman year, Roy has more than made a name for himself.
Four years after he started at Amity, Roy leaves where he started, not only participating in championship
meets, but winning them.
If there was ever a swimmer who fit the bill as one of the best around, Roy, the New Haven Register’s Area
MVP, is the one.
He is a four-time Register All-Area selection, four-time coaches all-state selection, and three-time
All-Southern Connecticut Conference pick. Roy holds five Amity school records, taking place in the
50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, and 400 freestyle relay.
“He is very intelligent,” Amity coach Todd Rainey said. “He is a very smart kid. He uses his smarts and
he fully understands what he needs to do to be successful in the pool. He is a fun kid, but when it is time to
train, he works hard.”
Swimming clearly runs in the family as Roy shares the two relay records with his brother Tyler, a
sophomore at Amity. Colin Roy is also a two-time Connecticut Swimming Scholar Athlete.
“Honestly, it was more self-pressure,” Roy said. “I wanted to beat times from last year. Of course, Coach
(Todd) Rainey expected a lot from me. I wanted to beat my times and set bigger goals.
“I am honored to have been a part of the Amity swimming program. I am proud of our accomplishments
as a team. We placed very high in the Open. It’s part of the atmosphere – to go out there and win. It is more
team-oriented. I really enjoyed swimming at Amity.”
After a successful four-year run at Amity, the next step is Ohio State University where he will be a part of the Scholars Pre-Engineering Program. And yes, Roy will swim there as well.
“The coaches there said I had a lot of potential and they were very interested in me,” Roy said. “They
guaranteed me a year on the team, but I have to go out there and prove myself. I have to live up to the
expectations. It is exciting just to get this opportunity. The fact is I have the opportunity to go to a very high
caliber Division I program to swim. Whether I swim at Ohio State for just one year or not, no one can take
Said Rainey, “He understands he has his work cut out for him. As good as he is in Connecticut, there are
10 kids there (Ohio State) who will be faster than him. He understands it will be a whole different world
for him. He understands the work he will have to do. He is up to the challenge. I have never not seen him
rise to the challenge.”
Roy came on the scene in style for the Spartans as he placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the
100 backstroke in the SCC championships as a freshman. That same year also saw Roy place third in the
100 backstroke in the Class LL championships, and he was seventh in the 100 backstroke in the State
As a sophomore, Roy set the tone as he was first in the 100 freestyle, second in the 200 medley relay,
and third in the 100 backstroke in the SCC Championships. The Class LL championships produced a
second place finish in the 100 freestyle, and fourth place finishes in the 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle
relay. Roy was also fourth in the 100 freestyle and 200 medley relay in the State Open.
“I put a lot of hard work and effort into practices,” Roy said. “Very few people get good without working
at it. What sets you apart is the work you put in. If you don’t train hard or work hard, it is not going to
happen for you.”
After a junior year in which he was second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke in the SCC
championships, second in each of the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle in the Class L championship, and
second in the 50 freestyle in the State Open, Roy capped his career in grand style.
“It was his maturity,” Rainey said. “He brought a level of seriousness to a fun atmosphere. He was able
to balance the business with the fun part in a way which he was able to have the most success for both him
and the team.”
As a senior, Roy was named the team’s co-captain with Kevin Yanagisawa, placed first in the 50
freestyle and 400 freestyle relay, and second in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay in the SCC
In the Class L championship, Roy won the 50 freestyle, was part of the winning 200 medley relay team
with a school record of 1 minute, 34.94 seconds, and was second in the 100 freestyle.
Roy set a school record (20.93) in placing second in the 50 freestyle in the Connecticut State Open, set
another school record in his second place finish in the 100 freestyle in 45.53. while placing third as a part
of each of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams in a school record 3:10.69 for the 400.
“I pride myself on being well-rounded,” Roy said. “Most important is to be a good person first, to be
friends with someone. I want to be a person someone can talk to. It is important to be a good person.”
Following the season, Roy was named the 2018 SCC Swimmer of the Year, and was a
qualifier/candidate for the 2018 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American as the award is pending final
academic transcript verification/application.
Roy has been a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society the last two years, is a
2018 SCC Scholar Leader, and has a current grade point average of 3.9.