For the second straight year, a high school Junior has broken the National high school record in the 200 IM. Last year, it was Kyle Whitaker of Chesterton High School in Chesterton Indiana in 1:45.25. Earlier this season, at the Indiana State Meet, Whitaker easily lowered that record to 1:44.55.

That record seemed untouchable for the time being for a high school swimmer, until last weekend. That was when David Nolan of Hershey High in Hershey, Pennsylvania absolutely crushed the mark by touching the wall in 1:43.43.

In addition to that incredible time in the 200 IM, Nolan also challenged one of the more famed national records, which is Jimmy Feigen’s 43.05 set at the 2008 Texas State meet. Nolan’s time of 43.27 was a PIAA record. Next year, look for Nolan to be the first high school swimmer to ever go sub-43 in the 100 freestyle.

As a reference, his 200 IM time would seed him third headed into this weekend’s NCAA Championships, and he still has another year to develop before setting foot on a college campus. This gives Nolan 9 PIAA State Championships in 10 tries, including relays, with his only loss coming in the 100 breaststroke as a freshman, where he finished runner-up to York Suburban High School’s Chris Manning.

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  1. Hogdawg says:

    this is wrong david’s loss in the 100 breast came as a freshman at the PA state meet, coming off an impressive first in the 200IM.

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    […] with the likes of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Also during his junior season, in addition to breaking the National High School record in the 200 IM, Nolan made a serious run at the 100 free record: a mark that he has a very good chance of breaking […]

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    […] On March 19, David Nolan broke the 200 IM National High School Record for the third time in two years. Even more impressive was that he was only a junior: marking the second straight season the record had been broken by a junior. […]

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