Stanford All-American graduate David Nolan announced on his Instagram account today that he will be joining 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps in Tempe, Arizona to train under new Arizona State University Head Coach Bob Bowman.
In a video interview back in February, Nolan described his post-collegiate plans as being “up in the air.” He envisioned training with the ‘Stanford guys’ post-NCAAs and seeing how the summer went, having the goals of making the national team and going to the U.S. Olympic Trials on his agenda.
Nolan is coming off of a tremendous senior year for the Cardinal, capped off with a stellar performance at the 2015 Men’s NCAA Championships. 22-year old Nolan finished 2nd in the men’s 100 backstroke and 3rd in the 200 backstroke, but simply lit the pool on fire in his title-winning 200 IM. With his mark of 1:39.38, Nolan posted the fastest time in history and lowered his own cluster of American, U.S. Open, NCAA and Stanford records in the event.
Even with his success in the 200 IM event in yards, Nolan has yet to crack the two-minute mark in the long course version of the event. His best time is the 2:00.35 he logged at the 2013 U.S. Summer Nationals. Nolan was entered in the event at this year’s Summer Nationals that just wrapped up in San Antonio, but wound up scratching the event. The Pennsylvania native did finish 3rd in the 100 butterfly (52.15) and 6th in the 100 freestyle (49.54).
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Nolan racked up top 20 finishes in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle and placed 40th in the 200 IM. His best shot at making the Olympic team may indeed be in the 4×100 freestyle relay event, where the top 6 finishers are selected to race in Rio.
But then again, with his move to Tempe, Nolan will training alongside the one and only Phelps, the first male swimmer to ever defend a third straight Olympic title in the same individual event – the 200 IM.