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.