Wilton's Nolan shines at state age group swim meet

Wilton resident Richard Nolan can call himself the fastest 13/14-year-old breaststroke swimmer in the state.

Competing for the Norwalk-based Swim Seventy club team, Nolan finished first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.62) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.89) events at last month's Connecticut State Age Group Championships at Chelsea Piers in Stamford.

Nolan looked to have added a victory in the 200-yard individual medley, but the electronic touch pad in his lane malfunctioned and, due to a manual calculation (per CT Swim rules), his first-place finish was overturned, leaving him second by hundredths of a second.

Nolan also finished second in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, as well as the 400 IM.

In addition, Nolan helped Swim Seventy win the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, and place second in the 400 and 800 medley relays, in the boys 13/14 division.

Swim Seventy finished first in the boys team standings and the combined team standings.

Nolan achieved AAAA cut times in five of his individual events, setting new club records in each race.

Notes: The times from the state meet qualified Nolan to compete in the National Club Swimming Association Age Group Championships, which took place March 22-25 in Orlando, Fla. Nolan finished fourth in the 400 IM, sixth in the 100 breaststroke, eighth in the 200 breaststroke, ninth in the 200 backstroke, 12th in the 200 IM, and 14th in the 100 backstroke.