published Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

GPS senior swimmer Victoria Norris commits to Rhodes College

Girls Preparatory School senior Victoria Norris has committed to continue her swimming career at Rhodes College.

She’s more of a long-range type, so she will take her time choosing an ultimate major at the NCAA Division III school in Memphis, and she expects to try the 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle distances. She has done the longest options possible at GPS, the 200 and 500, but thinks she’s built to go farther.

GPS coach John Woods agrees.

“She’s got a lot of endurance and natural ability that suits her for longer races, and she loves to race that way,” Woods said Monday. “She’s a really, really good kid, and I think Rhodes is a great place for her.”

Norris said she applied also at Clemson, Georgia and Furman, “but Rhodes was the only one I really saw myself swimming at and the only program I really wanted to swim for.”

Mary Portera, who was two years ahead of her with the Bruisers, is a conference champion diver at Rhodes and told Norris “more about the program and related it from a GPS perspective, which was really great.”

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