Freestyle Specialist PJ Nolan Commits to Boston College for 2024

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Freestyle specialist PJ Nolan has committed to Boston College for this fall with the program’s hazing suspension set to be lifted in August.

Nolan is one of four men currently committed to the Eagles even though they have yet to hire a new coaching staff after parting ways with Joe Brinkman & Co. in January. The 18-year-old Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club concluded his high school career at Saint Ignatius in February as a two-time Illinois state finalist in the 100-yard free (45.34, 6th place) and 200 free (1:39.00, 7th place) at the 2024 IHSA State Championships.

Nolan was only a few seconds shy of an Olympic Trials cut in the LCM 200 free with his personal-best 1:53.83 from last July’s NCSA Championships. His older brother, Parker, swam at Michigan for one season (2021-22).

“I am so honored and excited to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Boston College! I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for their incredible support and encouragement along the way. I am thrilled to be apart of this amazing team! GO EAGLES🦅🦅🦅”

Best SCY Times

  • 100 free – 44.90
  • 200 free – 1:38.23
  • 100 fly – 49.24

Nolan’s lifetime bests are already faster than what Boston College’s top swimmers clocked at the 2023 ACC Championships. Then-junior Charlie Clark was the Eagles’ top 100 freestyler two seasons ago at 45.34, then-junior Andres Wong was the top 200 freestyler at 1:38.57, and then-senior Matthew Szekely was the top 100 butterflier at 47.66. None of them scored at ACCs in 2023.

Nolan is joined in the Eagles’ 2024 recruiting class by Andrew Rucker, Jordan Mowad, and Max Marr. The ACC will get even more competitive next season with the arrival of Cal and Stanford from the Pac-12 this summer. The only Power Five swim program that doesn’t offer scholarships, the Boston College men and women placed last out of 12 teams at the 2023 ACC Championships.

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Eag Alum
1 month ago

Pretty sure he committed while the coaches were still there. This is old news. They really did have something cooking in recruiting 😕

Load em
1 month ago

PJ, congrats on your committment to BC – great school! Who was your contact for recruiting? Have some juniors interested and unsure who to have them reach out to. Appreciate your help.

flo rida
1 month ago

bold move committing to a team that won’t exist

olde coach
Reply to  flo rida
1 month ago

Have faith brother!

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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