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Nolan leads Stanford men into Pac-12 swimming lead

 

David Nolan set several records in one swim Thursday and helped the Stanford men's swimming and diving team take over the lead following the second day of the Pac-12 Conference championships in Federal Way, Wash.

By completing the 200 IM in a swift 1:40.07, Nolan established school, conference, NCAA, U.S. Open and American records. Not bad for less than two minutes of work.

The senior improved on Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte's American standard of 1:40.08, achieved in 2007 at the Winter Nationals. Nolan's performance also bettered that of former NCAA record holder Bradley Ally (1:40.49) of Florida set in 2009. Nolan also broke his own school mark.

Nolan arrived at Stanford with the national high school record in the event. He'll be leaving as the first 4-time conference champion in the 200 IM.

"What an incredible effort," Cardinal coach Ted Knapp said. "With David Nolan leading the way with his record-breaking swim in the 200 IM, and then three freshmen -- (Liam) Egan, (Curtis) Ogren and (Sam) Perry -- swimming their way onto the NCAA squad in three different events showed great versatility. Danny Thomson and Tom Kremer made the NCAA team with their swims this morning. And in diving, we accomplished most of what we wanted."

With 288 points, the Cardinal jumped from third to first through seven events. Cal (248.5) is second and USC (242.5) stands in third. The scores include last week's diving results. In fact, Ipsen was named Pac-12 Diver of the Year for the third time after sweeping all three events.

The meet continues through Saturday, with diving points already in hand.

Nolan was one of five Cardinal swimmers who advanced to the finals of the 200 IM at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. One can only imagine the competitive nature at practice.

Ogren (1:44.08) took fourth, Kremer (1:44.48) was fifth, Gray Umbach (1:45.49) snatched seventh and Max Williamson (1:45.88) secured eighth.

Danny Thomson (4:14.98) and Egan (4:16.65) took the middle two spots in the 500-yard freestyle, and were joined in the finals by seventh-place Drew Cosgarea (4:18.34).

Perry, Stanford's only performer in the 50-yard freestyle, went 19.49 for fourth.

Nolan had enough in the tank to help the Cardinal take third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA A-cut 1:17.52 and third-place finish. Nolan teamed with Perry, Connor Black and Thomas Stephens.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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