Top-20 Nick Norman of MVN Stays In-State; Gives Cal a Verbal Commitment

Cal’s men’s team is getting its momentum going, after watching the women’s team get a Big Name to commit early. Mission Viejo distance freestyler Nick Norman has now made a verbal commitment to the Golden Bears to kick off their recruiting season.

Norman is a true distance swimmer in the Mission Viejo vein: the longer he’s in the water the stronger he is. His top mile time is 14:58.76, which he achieved when he won the 1650 at the Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am meet last December. That was the second fastest time for 16-year-olds during the 2013-14 season, and the fifth-fastest for all 18-and-unders.

Norman, who trains with Coach Rose at Mission Viejo Nadadores, has improved his distance free enormously over the past several years.

Year 1650 free 1000 free 500 free 200 free
2014 4:23.03 1:40.00
2013 14:58.76 8:57.68 4:23.01 1:40.52
2012 15:17.75 9:09.83 4:29.51 1:43.29
2011 15:50.41 9:24.01 4:37.56 1:47.07


Norman is the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division I champion in the 500 free. As a junior at Capo Valley High School he won the 2014 event with 4:23.02. The previous year he was runner-up with 4:23.01, and as a freshman he was sixth with 4:31.95.

“I chose Cal because I felt I connected with the team as well as the coaches. Dave and Yuri have an extremely organized program set up, and it’s no surprise that they’ve had so much success in the past years.”

Norman is capable of scoring at NCAAs his freshman year. His 14:58 is less than three seconds off the 16th place time this year, and he was only 16 last December when he swam it. Norman is about seven seconds off the 4:16-mid it took to make finals in the 500. Cal graduated their only finalist in the distance freestyle events (Jeremy Bagshaw, 9th in the 500 and 2nd in the 1650 at 2014 NCAAs) so they’ll be looking to Norman and current freshman Ryan Kao to step into the void.

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8 years ago

Welcome to the Cal fam Nick! Love to see California’s talent stay inside. Great get.

8 years ago

Nice pick up for the Bears…certainly one of the best miler’s out there in the class. Will be interesting to see how well he can swim down to the 500. Cal can benefit from a strong miler…and perhaps channel a bit of Bagshaw in them!

Anne, thanks for the write up. One curiosity…the Cal W team…I see they’ve received a verbal from Katie M…who else? You mention “several big names to commit early…” I think I missed something!

Reply to  SwimminIsGood
8 years ago

haha my exact thoughts on the comment about the women’s team. does she know what we don’t know?!
Man, the Cal team is really going to miss Bagshaw. But I can see Yuri building a great distance program at Cal.

Reply to  SwimminIsGood
8 years ago

SWIMMINISGOOD: I believe Cal has picked up some excellent swimmers like Cierra Runge, Jasmine Mau, Maija Roses, and Noemi Thomas.

Reply to  deraj
8 years ago

Thanks 🙂 Yes, those are freshman this year, so they are on board already (2014 recruits). Was curious if there were others who’d committed for this signing period…2015 recruits. Looks like Anne updated the story to reflect one 2015 recruit who’s given a verbal. More and more will start to verbal…exciting time 🙂

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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