Year in Review 2011: Norsten becomes Woodbury’s first state swim champ since 1999Woodbury’s Gregory Norsten won the Class AA state championship in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.87, breaking the Woodbury High School record and becoming the Royals’ first state swim champ since 1999.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
In 2011, Woodbury’s Gregory Norsten became a state champion.
As a junior, Norsten won the Class AA state championship in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.87, breaking the Woodbury High School record and becoming the Royals’ first state swim champ since 1999.
“I just kept thinking I don’t want to lose this one,” Norsten said after winning the title. “I’ve been wanting this for two years now. All I have to say is I’m happy about it.”
In the state premlims, Norsten had the fastest finals-qualifying time with a 1:52.05, garnering automatic All-American honors. Then, in the championship final, Norsten made sure there were no upsets, topping second-place Max Cartwright, a senior from Edina, by nearly two seconds.
Norsten led the race — which combines the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle — from start to finish. Hoven said he felt confident when he saw Norsten leading into the final stroke, the freestyle.
At state, Norsten and then-junior Victor Lugg also earned medals in additional events. Norsten followed up his state championship win with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.23. Norsten’s time in the 100 fly broke the school record in the event as well.
Lugg earned a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the 50-freestyle and had a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Lugg had a time of 21.35 in the 50 free and a 46.92 in the 100.
Norsten qualified for state by blowing away the competition at Woodbury’s section meet by over seven seconds in the 200-yard IM, winning the event with a time of 1:58.12. Norsten also easily won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 52.71 to be a two-time Section 4AA champion at this year’s meet. Norsten’s time in the event was nearly three seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
To earn a trip to state Lugg was also impressive at sections, wining the Section 4AA 50-yard freestyle title in a time of 21.95 — over half a second faster than anyone else and just over .60 off the section meet record by Michael Richards from 2006. In the section 100 free, Lugg took second place with a time of 47.37, which broke Richards’ 2006 meet record in the event.