NC State Kicks Off 2022 Recruiting With Three Big In-State Verbals from Michael Cotter, Lance Norris, Ryan Weaver

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Photo Courtesy: Lance Norris Instagram (@lancenorris1)

NEW COMMITS: It was quite the Saturday afternoon for NC State, as the Wolfpack received not one, not two, but three in-state verbal commitments to kick off their 2022-23 recruiting.

TAC Titans teammates Michael Cotter of Cary and Lance Norris of Rocky Mount, as well as Durham native Ryan Weaver, will arrive in Raleigh as members of the Wolfpack’s class of 2026.

MICHAEL COTTER

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Photo Courtesy: Michael Cotter Instagram (@michael_cotter1)

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“Proud to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at NC State University?♦️ I’d like to thank everyone who helped me get to this point?? GO PACK!!”

Cotter owns several U.S. Open and National standards and achieved seven best times at Cary Sectionals in March where he won the 200m free. Last summer, he swam to bronze in the 200m free at North Carolina LCM Seniors before going on to take third in the 200m free and ninth in the 400m free at Greensboro Futures.

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 21.05
  • 100 free – 44.80
  • 200 free – 1:36.41
  • 500 free – 4:25.11
  • 1000 free – 9:26.32
  • 1650 free – 15:28.50
  • 100 breast – 57.27
  • 200 breast – 2:04.26
  • 100 fly – 50.35
  • 200 IM – 1:48.42
  • 400 IM – 3:53.18

Also competing for Green Hope High School, Cotter won the 200 free and placed fourth in the 500 free as a sophomore at the North Carolina 4A State Championships. Cotter is currently the fastest 200 freestyler in the class and ranks second in the 500 free behind none other than his teammate Norris.

LANCE NORRIS

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Photo Courtesy: Lance Norris Instagram (@lancenorris1)

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I’d like to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academics and swimming at NC State! I am so excited and it is a dream come true! Thank you to my parents, family, coaches, friends, and village of support who have helped me get here!#GoPack?♦️”

Like his teammate Cotter, Norris has achieved numerous Nationals/U.S. Open standards and he raced the 400m free at the Toyota U.S. Open in December. He collected silver in the 1000 free at Cary Futures and has picked up many new best times at intrasquad meets throughout the summer. Norris also registered four top-5 finishes at North Carolina LCM Seniors last summer and won the 1500m free and 400m IM at Greensboro Futures.

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 21.41
  • 100 free – 46.37
  • 200 free – 1:39.34
  • 500 free – 4:23.80
  • 1000 free – 9:07.22
  • 1650 free – 15:05.89
  • 100 back – 49.38
  • 200 back – 1:45.78
  • 200 IM – 1:48.68
  • 400 IM – 3:51.57

A current junior at Nash Central High School, Norris won the 200 free and was the runner-up in the 500 free at the North Carolina 1A/2A State Championships in his rookie campaign. He is currently the fastest 500 freestyler in his class.

RYAN WEAVER

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Photo Courtesy: Ryan Weaver Instagram (@rweaver1208)

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I am very proud and excited to announce my verbal commitment to North Carolina State University for Swimming & Diving!!! I want to say thank to all of the people who have helped get me to this point! You know who you are!! ?♦️”

A talented backstroker and sprint freestyler, Weaver does his club swimming with Carolina Aquatic Team and raced to second in the 100 back at North Carolina Seniors in December. Last long course season, he earned five best times at North Carolina LCM Seniors before going on to take ninth in the 50m back and 13th in the 100m back at NCSAs.

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.67
  • 100 free – 46.04
  • 50 back – 23.32
  • 100 back – 49.43
  • 200 back – 1:49.97

Weaver, who just began his junior year at Riverside High School, won the 50 free and was the 100 back runner-up as a sophomore at the North Carolina 4A State Championships. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American finished ninth and second, respectively, in those events as a freshman.

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