David Nolan, the American Record holder in the short course yards version of the 200 IM, did not participate in the preliminaries of the 200 IM this morning at the Phillips 66 USA Summer Nationals in San Antonio, Texas. The officials results show Nolan as DNS — Did Not Swim.
In 2011, Nolan set a legendary high school record in the 200 IM as a high school senior, leading to speculation he could be the heir apparent to Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Four years later, he finally broke Lochte’s American Record in the event with a 1:41.07 at the Pac 12 Championships, then became the first man to go under 1:40 with a 1:39.38 at this year’s NCAA championships.
Yet, Nolan has never cracked two minutes in the long course version of the 200 IM, with his best time being a 2:00.35 from the 2013 USA Summer Nationals. Meanwhile, NCAA runner-up Will Licon had the fastest time this morning in the event, posting a 1:58.50, which puts him among the top ten fastest American men ever in the event.
Nolan did swim the 100 free this morning. His time of 49.63 qualified for this evening’s A-final as the seventh-fastest time from preliminaries. That is just off his personal best of 49.50, which he swam earlier this week leading off Stanford’s 4×100 free relay.
Nolan simply may have not wanted to swim two events in the same day, having already been guaranteed a place in this evening’s 100 free final. It also could be an indication that he feels that he has a better chance of making the 2016 Olympic team in the 4×100 relay, where the top six finishers in the individual 100 free qualify, than in the 200 IM, where Phelps and Lochte seem likely to be the two US representatives in this event for the fourth straight Olympics.
Cal commit Andrew Seliskar, who swam the second-fastest 200 IM in high school history this March, also scratched the 200 IM. Seliskar seems to have been struggling this week, with times consistently slower than what he was swimming earlier this year.