David Nolan has his own expectations this season

  12 Garrett McCaffrey | February 27th, 2013 | College, News, Video Interview

David Nolan came out of Hershey High School in Pennsylvania with 3 National High School records, including a time in the 200 IM that would’ve won NCAAs in 2011. But with that kind of success comes some pretty intense expectations. At the 2012 NCAA Championship, as a freshman at Stanford, he was top three in the 200 IM, 100 Back, and 200 Back. He went best times in two of those three events, but in his mind it wasn’t a successful meet. This year he says he’s coming off of a great year of training in Palo Alto where there’s a new staff and a happier environment.

In this interview with Garrett McCaffrey, Nolan discusses the new program in Palo Alto, taper time, his confidence going into championship season, and what he learned in his first run at this collegiate championship season.

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It sounds like DN was under tremendous pressure last year and it got to him. His NCAA meet in 2012 was outstanding but did not meet his own expectations. I hope that he can overcome this and swim to his full potential this year. It’s tough to swim at that level.


Seems to me like this talented (on multiple fronts) young man has his head on straight. He had a fantastic freshman year – 2 silvers, 1 bronze, and a lynch pin on multiple relays. I look forward to watching him compete.

Haven’t seen him is 2011? Guess you haven’t been watching, Bobo. He was top 3 events at NCAAs in 2012 as a Freshman!! Freshmen year is tough on many fronts then add on moving across the county, having the coach that recruited you retire unannounced and then the stress and disappointment of swimming at olympic trials. On the long course vs. short course, he’s obviously a better scy swimmer; thats what he’s been training at since he started. People thought Lochte wouldn’t be able to cross over to long course after his days at Florida, but I think he has managed ;). Nolan has been through alot, swimming-wise, in 2012 so I think he has set himself up for an… Read more »

Excuse me but I always have more an international view. And for me swimming is first in long course. He was in 2010 in 53.05 in the 100 fly and in 2.00.61 in the 200 IM. Very good times for a 17-year-old guy. So he has already very well swum in long course. And he has disappeared during the summers since then. I just hope to see him again at his best next June because he’s very talented.


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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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