Feb 17, 2021

MPC Swimmers Finish Season Strong

MPC Swimmers Finish Season Strong

 

To win a State championship in an individual sport is an achievement earned by a select few high school athletes. A State championship title is the end-result of months-long dedication to refining skill through continual practice with a commitment to relentless effort. But, to win a State championship each year of high school is the pinnacle of the pursuit of excellence. Mount Paran Christian School senior swimmer M. Norton has achieved this rare goal, earning a State swimming title in each of his four years at the school. In all, he has earned six State swimming titles, marking Mr. Norton as the most-decorated swimmer at MPCS.

Mr. Norton’s latest two Gold medals came during a season where he also set two new county records. At the recent Cobb county swimming championships, he won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:37.81, with the previous record being 1:37.92 set by former Sprayberry standout Ananda Lim in 2018. Mr. Norton’s record-setting time in the 100-yard backstroke, 49.32, broke Wheeler's Doug Jones' long-standing record of 51.09 set in 1988.

At the most recent State competition, Mr. Norton garnered his second State title for the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.66. He is a two-time State champion in the 100-yard freestyle and a four-time State champion in the 200-yard freestyle, which sets an MPCS school record. Mr. Nortonl beat his own record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:37.48.

While swimming can be an individual sport, for Mr. Norton, it’s a family affair. His younger sister, a junior at MPCS, is also a State-champion swimmer. Like her older brother, E. Norton won two additional State titles during this year’s competition. Miss Norton, who prefers the longer swim races, brought home the Gold in the girls 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 4:59.64, as well as the State title in the 200-yard freestyle. This was a second win in the 500 freestyle for Miss Norton, who brought home the Gold during the 2019-2020 season as well, setting a new record for MPC swim. “These past wins were huge accomplishments for me,” she said. “With all the hard work I’ve put into training, it was the best feeling to see the scoreboard right after I touched.”

Miss Norton is also part of the MPC girls 200-freestyle relay team, which finished fourth in State this year. The combined swim efforts earned the MPC girls swim team a fifth-place overall finish at the GHSA State tournament. Miss Norton is joined on the relay team by swimmers C. Salmon, S. McCune, and A. Farley.

Looking ahead, Miss Norton has already committed to swim for the University of Georgia after she graduates high school in 2022. She will be following her brother, who is set to swim for UGA after his graduation this May. “I’m super excited to see the big things he will do at Georgia,” she shared. “I’m going to miss the person that pushes me to do better and is always there for me [when he goes] off to college. He definitely deserves everything he has accomplished, and I am excited to see how it goes.”

“Swimming with him pushes me harder at everything,” Miss Norton continued. “We have always had a competitive relationship, so it pushes me to keep up with him. Swimming has brought us really close together, and I love being able to share those big moments we experience.”. 

MPC swim coach Bonnie Roginsky says, “I have watched [them] swim since middle school. [It’s] no surprise that they have achieved such success in high school! I’m excited that they will be swimming at UGA!”

No doubt, for both siblings, their time in the Dawg Nation will be another four years doing what they do best - swimming for the pursuit of excellence.

M. Norton MPCS Record Book:

2017-2018 Season (Freshman)
First in State: 200-yard freestyle 
Third in State: 100-yard backstroke 

2018-2019 Season (Sophomore)
First in State: 200-yard freestyle 
Second in State: 100-yard freestyle 

2019-2020 Season (Junior)
First in State: 200-yard freestyle
First in State: 100-yard freestyle 

2020-2121 Season (Senior)
First in State: 200-yard freestyle
First in State: 100-yard freestyle 

Four-time State champion in the 200-yard freestyle, an MPCS school record.

 

E. Norton MPCS Record Book:

2018-2019 Season (Freshman)
Second in State: 500-yard freestyle 

2019-2020 Season (Sophomore)
First in State: 500-yard freestyle 

2020-2021 Season (Junior)
First in State: 500-yard freestyle
First in State: 200-yard freestyle 

Back-to-back State champion in the 500 freestyle; first girl to set this record for MPC swim.

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