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Hampton Roads Academy senior swimmer Jared Norton answered the question of where he would be attending college with a ‘Hoo.
Norton committed to swim for the University of Virginia on Sept. 21, but did not publicly announce the decision until recently. Norton was also considering Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Just over two hours away from home, Virginia provided Norton with the opportunity to stay close to home and swim for what Norton said looks to be a “really good” program.
“I really like the team there,” Norton said. “The team seemed really close, and they are a great group of guys. I just really liked it there.”
Norton most recently visited U.Va. during an official visit Sept. 11 through 13. While on campus, Norton got to experience nearly everything he could go through on a day-to-day basis as a swimmer for Virginia.
While on his official visit, Norton said he observed practice, sat in on classes, met with academic advisers, talked to a nutritionist, went to a team workout and even attended Virginia’s home football game against Notre Dame.
And while the Cavaliers’ football team did not pull the upset over the Fighting Irish that weekend, the school made a big enough impression to sway Norton to commit days later.
On Sept. 21, Norton placed a call to Virginia Head Swim Coach Augie Busch and told him he was committing.
“He seemed pretty excited,” said Norton of Busch’s reaction. “He yelled ‘Woo!’ and was really excited about it. He’s excited about our whole recruiting class. It’s coming together pretty well.”
Norton, a state champion in the 100 butterfly and National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American in the 100 breaststroke, expects to swim breast stroke and individual medley at Virginia.
HRA Head Swim Coach Jeff Scott said he is proud of what Norton has accomplished in the classroom and in the pool, and is looking forward for one last year with him on the team.
“Jared has been a versatile swimmer for the HRA swim team for the past five years,” Scott said. “He has played a pivotal role in our TCIS and State Championship teams. … We are looking forward to big things this year and throughout his career as he attends U.Va.”