Junior National Teamer Norvy Clontz Switches Clubs From SwimMAC to MSA

by Riley Overend 13

November 12th, 2023 Club, Coaching Changes, News

U.S. Junior National Team member Norvy Clontz has switched swimming clubs in Charlotte, North Carolina, moving from top-ranked SwimMAC Carolina to Mecklenburg Swim Association (MSA). There, he trains under Sean Quinn, a former UNC coach and school record holder who trains most of the team’s national group.

Clontz has been with his new club since late October.

A top-10 recruit in the high school boys’ class of 2025 currently committed to Cal, Clontz tied for the most points on SwimMAC last year, helping the club top the annual excellence rankings for the second season in a row. MSA was ranked as a Silver Medal Club in USA Swimming’s 2023-24 excellence results.

Last summer, Clontz became the fastest 15-year-old American in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:50.82 at the 2022 Junior National Championships. This year, he placed 7th in the 400 free (3:51.55) at the 2023 World Junior Championships. He also earned a gold medal as a prelims swimmer on Team USA’s 4×200 free relay (1:49.32 split).

MSA has been under the guidance of former LSU head coach Dave Geyer since September as owner Peter Perers takes a year off from coaching.

SwimMAC has been led by head coach Chuck Batchelor since 2021.

The 16-year-old Charlotte Latin School junior competed for MSA this weekend at SwimMAC’s November Invitational. Klontz tallied times of 1:38.30 in the 200 free, 3:57.07 in the 400 IM, 56.05 in the 100 breast, 45.99 in the 100 free, and 4:25.58 in the 500 free. His 100 breast result marked a new lifetime best, shaving more than two seconds off his previous-best 58.81 from 2021.

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Andrew
3 months ago

This kid is a piece of work lol, fitting he’s going to Cal

BPK
3 months ago

Sean Quinn is an original Ram Boy from Chapel Hill. 3 other Ram Boys call
Charlotte home and the other is a coach in Connecticut. Dude can coach and is from the Frank Comfort RocketSled line of coaches.

Norv is in good hands

Seidman’s Calves
Reply to  BPK
3 months ago

This is a great point. I’ve heard of the Ram Boys a few times. Great lineage coming down from Frank Comfort. I wonder if Brad Kline is a Ram Boy? He’d seem like a perfect fit.

Peter spamdrew
3 months ago

Here come the Charlotte moms to anonymously argue with eachother from their country club backyard

Slacker
3 months ago

Having had coach Sean as a coach, I don’t see this being a good thing for norvy

flipturnz
Reply to  Slacker
3 months ago

I’m thinking Eliza Wallace might disagree with you.

janesays
3 months ago

Best of luck to you Clontz! Looking forward to watching you swim under Coach Sean!

SwimCoachSean
3 months ago

I hope everyone remembers this is an article about an 18&Under prior to posting. Please be kind no matter your personal opinions…

Swimmer
3 months ago

What happened?

chazoozle
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

What do you think?

YGBSM
3 months ago

Here for the comments. This ought to be good …..

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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