David Nolan Breaks NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Records in 200 Yard IM at Pac-12’s

Stanford senior David Nolan has broken the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Records in the 200 yard IM on Thursday at the 2015 Pac-12 Conference Championship meet.

Nolan swam a 1:40.07, which snuck just under the 1:40.08 that Ryan Lochte did in 2007 at Winter Nationals – the old fastest-ever result in this event.

The swim also broke the 2009 NCAA Record done by Bradley Ally, then at the University of Florida, in 1:40.49.

Nolan came out of high school with one of the most unbelievable National High School Records in history, with a 1:41.39. In his first three seasons at Stanford, he only improved that by .18 seconds until his explosion on Thursday evening.

Comparative splits:

  • Nolan ’15: 21.96/24.95/29.05/24.11 = 1:40.07
  • Lochte ’07: 22.00/24.24/29.28/24.56 = 1:40.08
  • Ally ’09: 21.46/24.42/29.86/24.75 = 1:40.49
  • Nolan HS: 22.07/24.92/29.76/24.64 – 1:41.39

Where Nolan’s race has really improved since high school has been on the breaststroke leg. That’s shown when he’s dabbled in the race individually over the past couple of seasons, and really showed up in this race.

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Saw Dave swim that 1:41.39 at Bucknell in 2011. By the numbers alone, its hard to see why some labeled him a bust in his first few years with the Cardinal, but those were the expectations levied upon him. I got goosebumps seeing that time, I almost felt a little bit of his vindication that he must be feeling. As a fan and fellow competitor, I couldn’t be happier for the guy.


I watch the PIAA 200 IM record raced several times a year. I just love how the crowd got into it. Everyone even competitors were cheering for him. The entire natatorium at Bucknell was estatic. That is why I love Susquehanna Valley Swimming. My kids had the pleasure of swimming against Hershey AC several times a year in league and USA meets. His coaches Greg and Jeff are really nice guys and the best in the business. I will always root for our homegrown swimmers like one of our own. David Nolan is just AMAZING!!!! Hope he continues to swim into 2016….


I’ve been waiting way for this for a long long time

good for him

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