Stanford's Nolan breaks US 200 IM record at NCAA meet

BY foxsports • March 26, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Stanford's David Nolan broke his own U.S. record in the 200-yard individual medley Thursday night on the opening day of the NCAA meet, finishing in 1 minute, 39.98 seconds.

Nolan shattered his mark of 1:40.07.

''It feels pretty good,'' Nolan said about breaking the 1:40 barrier. ''It's always been a goal, ever since high school. Tonight, it was really fun to actually have it happen.''

Texas led the team standings with 171 points. California was second at 119, followed by Florida at 108.

Texas' Matt Ellis, John Murray, Jack Conger, Kip Darmody won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:15.86, and Conger and Darmondy teamed with Will Licon and Joseph Schooling to take the 400 medley relay in a meet-record 3:01.23.

The Longhorns' Clark Smith passed Florida's Dan Wallace in the final 25 yards to win the 500 free in 4:09.72. Caeleb Dressel of Florida won the 50 free in 18.67.

Purdue's Steele Johnson took the 1-meter springboard title with 468.15 points.

In the 200 free relay, North Carolina State was close to the Longhorns heading into the final 25 yards and David Williams pulled away from Darmody. However, the Wolfpack were disqualified because of the early start on the third and final exchange.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Dressel out-touched Alabama sophomore Kristian Gkolomeev, the winner last year.

''Honestly I don't even remember the race,'' Dressel said. ''I remember diving off the blocks and that's about it. I remember closing my eyes at one point, actually. Probably, like, 10 yards, the last 25, I just closed my eyes, gritted my teeth, and went. And then opened them just in time for the finish.''