Local swimmer Lance Norris recognized on national level


Lance Norris


Sports Writer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

In typical Lance Norris fashion, the young swimmer is wasting no time.

Norris, a local swimmer who competes with the Rocky Mount YMCA Racers, had his 15th birthday in July, and is already making his mark on the national scene.

The Nash Central freshman was honored by N.C. Swimming and USA Swimming at an All-Stars Award banquet on Oct. 6 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of N.C. State. Swimmers who earned a top finish in one of five categories were eligible for awards.

Norris was named an All-Star in four categories: short course, long course, open water and national top 10. He was the only male in his age group to be recognized in all four categories.

And after moving on from the 13-14 age group, Norris soon made his way into the 15-year-old ranks. He received national age group award from USA Swimming in 12 events, including a long course 800 freestyle event in which he ranks first in the nation with a time of 8:27.63.

He also ranks in the top three in the nation in the long course 1,500 free (16:15.43), short course 1,000 free (9:23.33), short course 500 (4:33.59), long course 200 backstroke (2:05.65), long course 400 free (4:05.92) and short course 1,650 free (15:48.21).

Norris’ success in the sport was highlighted last spring in an article detailing his performance at the Feb. 22-25 Junior Olympic meet in Charlotte. There, Norris competed in eight events where he earned two gold medals, four silvers and a pair of sixth-place finishes.

Soon, Norris will be tearing up nearby pools as he takes on the high school swimming scene, which begins Nov. 1. The longest event in high school meets is the 500-yard freestyle.

For reference, Norris would have placed second in last season’s 1A/2A state championship meet in the 500.