Mission Viejo’s Nick Norman Commits To California

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California, September 10. NICK Norman, the ninth-ranked swimmer in the Class of 2015 according to CollegeSwimming.com, has committed to attend the University of California according to Dan Albano of the OC Register.

That’s a huge get for the men’s squad at Cal, considering the women just scored the commitment of a top 10 women’s recruit in Pan Pacific medalist Katie McLaughlin.

Norman trains with head coach Bill Rose at the Mission Viejo Nadadores as well as with head coach Steve Yancey at Capistrano Valley in California.  Norman just won the CIF Division 1 title in the 500-yard free in 4:23.01, and also placed fifth in the 800-meter free and ninth in the 1500-meter free during the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii this summer.  Norman will join fellow Nadadore Janardan Burns in the distance freestyle group with the Golden Bears.

Norman, the second-ranked swimmer in California behind top-ranked Aidan Burns of the Santa Clara Swim Club, is a huge addition to the Golden Bears as he already has an 8:57.68 in the 800-yard free and a 14:58.76 in the 1650-yard freestyle to his credit from the 2013 Elite Meet in Oklahoma.  With another year under his belt, he should provide a solid 1-2 punch with Janardan in Berkeley.