Last year at states as a sophomore Norman Gregory just made the cut for the consolation finals in one event and just missed the cut for consolation finals in his other event. This year his sights are set far beyond consolation finals.
Gregory qualified for states in both his individual events, the 50 and 100 freestyle, where is aiming to make the championship finals for the first time in his career. The top 16 preliminary swims make it to the evening sessions at the PIAA Class AAA championships that start Friday at Bucknell. Among the top 16 times, the top eight compete in the championship final where all are guaranteed to medal with a top eight finish.
"He wants medals, that is his goal for this year," coach Jennifer Price said. "Top eight will get him a medal, but I know he has his sights set higher."
At WPIALs, Gregory tied the school record and beat everyone else in the pool in the 50 freestyle to capture his first WPIAL gold medal finishing ahead of Kiski Area senior Nolan Pepka who had a time of 21.43.