Noel began competitive swimming at age 5 for the Little Rock
Dolphins and won his first state championship the following year.
At 12, he set his first 14 National Age Group Records and was
National Age Group Champion 17 times. At 13, he was the
youngest-ever male Junior National champion, winning the 60
freestyle and qualifying for Senior Nationals in that event. In
1988, he was Junior Nationals Champions in the 100 freestyle and
the youngest-ever make qualifier for the Olympic Trials. He was a
member of the LRCC Senior National Championships team in 1989, a
gold and silver medal winner at the 1989 National Olympic Festival
and the 1993 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and a qualifier for the
1992 Olympic Trials. Noel swam for the University of Michigan,
where he was a two-time NCAA All American.