In January, Gallatin alumna and championship swimmer Erika Norris (BA ’06), a six-time NCAA All-American and three-time Honorable All-American, was named by New York University Department of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation to the 2015 Hall of Fame Class. Norris was named with four other NYU graduates: Clifton Bertrand (Steinhardt BS ’62) for Men’s Track & Field; Alfred Peredo (Steinhardt MA ’62) for Men’s Fencing; and Rachel Wojdowski (SCPS BS ’05) for Women’s Basketball.
As an undergraduate, Norris was a six-time University Athletic Association (UAA) Champion, a 17-time Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Champion, the 2006 NYU Athlete of the Year, and she still holds two all-time NYU records. Overall, Norris medaled 15 times at the UAA Championships and remained undefeated in individual dual-meet events throughout her entire NYU career. A true scholar-athlete, Norris also excelled in the classroom, and her scholarly achievements were recognized by a 2006 College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American Award and the 2006 New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Scholar-Athlete Award. After graduating, Norris swam across the English Channel in 2011 for the Royal National Lifeboat Association as part of a six-person relay team who completed the swim in 12 hours and 32 minutes.
At Gallatin, Norris developed the concentration Art, Visual Culture in Society, and was a contributing member of editorial and art committees for the Gallatin Review. She now works as a freelance web and graphic designer in the Seattle area.
Norris and the other inductees to the NYU Hall of Fame will be formally recognized at the annual NYU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2015, which will be followed by a cocktail reception. NYU alumni and all members of the NYU community are invited to attend. To reserve a ticket, contact Corey Steven, Athletic Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-2029.