Olympic Trials psych sheets, TV schedule & “The Body Issue”

Hold onto your hats, or swim caps as the case may be, Nathan Adrian fans … trials are less than a week away and momentum is building.

The hype is likely going to be on overload when ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue hits newsstands July 8. Not only will Nathan’s — Bremerton’s favorite swimming son — fate be assured for the Rio Olympics by then, his introduction to the rest of the country (and world) will be peaking. Nathan joins the ranks of fellow Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin to be featured in the tastefully-positioned nude issue.

Don’t forget. Nathan isn’t new to ESPN. He joined fellow Olympian Jessica Hardy in a great video entitled “The Opaque” a few years ago.

Nathan is also a Tommy Hilfiger spokesmodel and recently donned a cardigan and black-rimmed eyeglasses for a pre-Olympics photo shoot.

Nathan Adrian as one of several "Class of 2016" baseball-card style photo ops in advance of the Rio Olympics (Contributed photo)
Nathan Adrian as one of several “Class of 2016” baseball-card style photo ops in advance of the Rio Olympics
(Contributed photo)

Amidst all the distractions away from the pool, Nathan has still managed to post some of the best times leading up to the swim trials. He is the top seed in the 100 and 50 meter freestyle events, and barring a MAJOR upset, should be earmarked to anchor both relays in Rio.

One way he’s been so consistent is the technology he’s been able to use thanks to his sponsorship from BMW. High-speed motion capture technology and video analysis have helped him shave precious milliseconds off his time. Check out this story that ran in Popular Science magazine.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s how Nathan won the trials 100 free in 2012 and just missed out on the 50 free.

Here’s the link to the psych sheets for the Olympic trials and a link to the event schedule and TV schedule.

Olympian Tara Kirk Sell says don’t cancel the Olympics because of Zika

Bremerton’s Tara Kirk Sell, and her sister Dana Kirk Martin, paved the way for swimmers to dream big. The sisters were the first to make a U.S. Olympic swim team when they competed at the 2004 Athens Games. Tara won a silver medal as a member of the 4×100 medley relay.

She now lives in Baltimore with her husband and two young children, and wrote this op-ed piece for the Baltimore Sun. Kirk Sell, a public health researcher and associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, gives a great insightful voice on the public health concerns of Zika from the Olympians point of view. There has been talk from some in the public health sector to cancel the Rio Olympics due to Zika.

Here’s an excerpt;

“With the Zika outbreak in the Americas raging and the growth of scientific support about potential birth defects from maternal infection, some in public health have called for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio to be postponed or moved. As a fellow public health researcher and a pregnant Olympian swimmer and silver medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, I have a close-up perspective on both sides of this issue and believe this opinion does not balance the risks appropriately.”

You can read the full article here.

Adrian headlines Santa Clara meet

In what is one of the last tune ups for many Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, the Arena Pro Swim series heads to Santa Clara and will see quite a turn out.

Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer, Anthony Ervin, Natalie Coughlin and Maya DiRado and Simone Manual are just some of the current Olympians who will compete June 3-5. Prelims are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.

You can read more about the meet here.

 

Adrian, coming off sweep at Atlanta, now Hilfiger ambassador

I’m a bit late on posting (this is our busy time of spring high school sports playoffs so forgive me) but Nathan Adrian swept the freestyle events at the Atlanta Classic last weekend.

Adrian’s time of 48.29 was a pool record. He beat Marcelo Chierighini in 48.69.

In other news, Nathan is the newest menswear ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger.

You can check out his video link from twitter here

Adrian wins 50 free at Atlanta meet

Continue his strong in-season showing leading up to the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials next month, Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 50-meter freestyle at the Atlanta Classic meet at Georgia Tech University.

Adrian’s time of 21.93 seconds outdistanced runner-up Marcelo Chierighini in 22.29. Bruno Fratus of Brazil was third in 22.53.

Adrian was the fastest qualifier after touching the wall in 22.10 in the preliminaries.

The 100 free is Sunday.

Bainbridge Dive Club sending divers to Zone E Nationals

Four members of the Bainbridge Island Dive Club will head to the Zone E National Preliminary Championships, in July in Utah after qualifying for the meet last weekend.

Henry Sauermann and Bryan Taylor both qualified for the 12-13 year old 1-meter and 3-meter events, Bryn Tiernan qualified for the 12-13 year old 1 and 3-meter events and Zora Opalka qualified for the 16-18 year old 3-meter.

The four qualified at the USA Diving Region 10 Championships, held last weekend in Provo, Utah. BIDC sent seven divers to the event that included 208 divers from Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah.

At the Region 10 championships, Mia Alpaugh placed 30th in the 12-13 year old 1-meter event with a score of 109.2 for seven dives and 29th (124.1) on the 3-meter.

Also in the 12-13 year old 1-meter competition, Tiernan placed 25th on the 1-meter with a score of 179.7 for seven dives, and in the 3-meter event, earned a qualifying score  of 179.7, to finish 17th.

Sauermann placed ninth on the 1-meter board in the age 12-13 year old division, scoring 119.2, and seventh place in the 3-meter event with a qualifying score of 189.

Brian Taylor placed 8th in the age 12-13 year old division 1-meter event with a score of 178 for eight dives, and ninth in the 3-meter event with a score of 171.45.

In the 16-18 year old girls one-meter event, Jackie Hellmers was 53rd with a score of 82.8 for five dives, and placed 44th in her 3-meter event with a score of 119.85.

Cameron Rouser dove in the 16-18 year old girls 1-meter event, earning a score of 139 for five dives to finish 41st. She was 40th in the 3-meter event, scoring 132.25.

Also in the 16-18 year old girls events, Opalka scored 144.95 on the 1-meter board for 40th place, and in the 3-meter event with a score of 378.4 for 10 dives, placing 16th.

The 2016 Zone E National Preliminary meet will take place July 4-10 at University of Utah’s HPER Natatorium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bainbridge Island Dive Club will compete in the 2016 BC Summer Provincial Diving Championships at the Grandview Aquatic Centre in Surrey, B.C., May 27-29.

Bremerton Y hosting open water swim in August

The Bremerton YMCA will be hosting the Wildcat Lake Open Water swim Aug. 27 at Wildcat Lake County Park.

“It is the only officially organized open water swim this side of the Puget Sound and we are expecting around 400 swimmers,” said Bremerton YMCA assistant aquatics director Greg Mackem. “It will be a fun event that will include a wildcat mascot rooting swimmers on and other fun entertainment.”

Mackem said he wants to encourage swimmers in the older age groups to participate and the event will have plenty of lifeguards and safety precautions available.

 

The event will feature a 1-mile swim and a 1/2-mile swim.

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m.  The 1/2 mile race starts at 9 a.m., the 1-mile race will start at approximately 9:45am.

It is open to all ages and there will be prizes for the following, both male and female, in the following age groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80 & Over. There is a separate division for those wearing wetsuits.

 

Registration is now open and includes early bird and other discounts:

Now until July 31

$30 – 1/2 Mile or 1 Mile  ($25 for youth-under 18 and seniors-60 and over)

$40 – Both Races ($35 for youth-under 18 and seniors-60 and over)
August 1-August 22

$45 – 1/2 Mile or 1 Mile  ($40 for youth-under 18 and seniors-60 and over)

$55 – Both Races ($50 for youth-under 18 and seniors-60 and over)

Additional Discounts

*Current YMCA members (in Pierce & Kitsap Counties) receive additional $5 off entry fee.

*New Bremerton Family YMCA memberships are eligible on same day to receive a FREE entry.

 

Mesa Pro Swim wrap up: Adrian doubles up — again

I took an extended weekend to play in the lovely city of Seattle, so I’m posting various links  on Nathan Adrian’s wins from last weekend at the Arena Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Arizona, a little late.

From left; Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian compete in the 50-meter freestyle final during the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
From left; Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian compete in the 50-meter freestyle final during the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

I watched his 100 freestyle and, again, he just absolutely smoked the field. What was impressive about that race was that while his first 50 was fast (22 seconds) his second 50 was nearly as fast. That is something that Nathan has been working on — making sure his back half is just as strong or stronger than his first 50. At this point in the season you want to see improvements there so this is good news for Nathan. He finished in 48.00 to tie with Frances’ Florent Manaudou for the fourth-fastest time of the year.

 

And if you can smoke the field in a 50 free, Nathan did just that winning easily in 21.69. It was the third fastest time in the world this year.  Watching that race, he looked just as smooth as always with very little wasted effort.

Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, from left, push off from the blocks in the 50-meter freestyle final during the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, from left, push off from the blocks in the 50-meter freestyle final during the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

As far as the series goes, Nathan still holds the overall lead with 40 points. He has double wins in four events now — Minneapolis, Austin, Orlando and Mesa. He has collected $8,000 in prize money to boot.

And you can check out all of Nathan’s swims on his YouTube channel here.

 

Bremerton’s Adrian competing at Arena Pro Swim meet in Mesa

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian will compete in this week’s Arena Pro Swim Series event at Mesa, Arizona.

Adrian is seeded first in the 50-meter freestyle, which is Friday, and in Saturday’s 100 freestyle.

A live webcast of the entire meet can be seen on usaswimming.org. The meet is being televised (tape delay) on NBC Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and at 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Mesa meet is the fourth in the series and features a record $350,000 in overall prize money. Adrian leads the male standings with 30 points.