Brazil’s Bruno Fratus edged Nathan Adrian of Bremerton in the
finals of the 50-meter freestyle Friday at the Arena Pro Swim
Series in Austin, Texas.
Fratus won in a time of 21.91 seconds, to set a world junior
record. Adrian touched the wall in 22.17 while Kristian Gkolam of
the University of Alabama was third in 22.31.
Adrian had already won the 100 freestyle on Thursday and was
looking to make it a clean sweep of the sprint freestyles.
Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, who played from
1999-2004, was fishing alone on his boat in the Atlantic Ocean when
he fell overboard. The boat was on cruise control and kept going
leaving Konrad alone. He swam for nine miles to shore.
Bremerton Olympic champion Nathan Adrian is one of several
headliners that is scheduled to compete in the Arena Pro Swim
Series at Austin, Jan 15-17. The series was formally known as the
Arena Grand Prix. Also scheduled to swim are Katie Ledecky, Ryan
Lochte, Tyler Clarey, Ntalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Matt
The three-day meet will take place at the University of Texas’
swimming center. Prelims are at 7 a.m. with finals at 4 p.m.
Universal Sports Network will air TV coverage of the meet Jan.
16 and 17 (check local listings for time). Also, USA Swimming will webcast the complete
If you haven’t checked it out yet, go to Eve And Candace’s
YouTube page (or click here) to watch the “worlds’ foremost
unknown swim vloggers” interview Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian at the
Golden Goggles earlier this month.
It’s pretty good stuff as the ladies and Nathan discuss his
Christmas list, his love of all things Pixar, training for the 2015
World Championships in Russia and more.
There are some local swimmers I wanted to mention who swim for
Tacoma Swim Club that competed at the Pacific Northwest Swimming
Short Course Championships Dec. 18-21 at KCAC in Federal Way.
Tyler Stewart of Silverdale, 10, qualified for every event
offers for his age and out of the six individual events, Stewart
medaled in all of them — fourth in the 50 free, third in the 500
free, fifth in the 50 breast, sixth in the 100 breast, third in the
100 IM, and third in the 200 IM. He also swam in two relays,
in which the team earned ribbons, and has earned six regional
Stewart’s brother, Curtis, 9, also earned two individual ribbons
and two relay ribbons.
Here’s the link to check out how all our local
swimmers fared. The season is somewhat quiet with a handful of
January challenge meets before the 39th Washington Open Jan. 15.
The Washington State YMCA Championships are slated for Jan.
31. The schedule heats up again in the spring with the Speedo
Championship Series March 15, NWAG Regionals March 22, and the
Spring Divisional Championships March 29.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian came close to breaking his own
American record in the 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the Oklahoma
Adrian touched the wall in 18.67 seconds, just off his record of
18.66, to earn $5,000 for the win. Josh Schneider was second in
18.96. Adrian was second in the 200 freestyle on Friday. He will
compete in the 100 free Sunday.
Nathan Adrian will compete this week in the 23rd Oklahoma Elite
Pro-Am short-course meet this week in Edmond, Oklahoma. Adrian is
seeded first in the 50 freestyle (Saturday) and 100 freestyle
(Sunday) and third in the 200 freestyle (Friday). The meet prelims
begin at 8:30 a.m. (CT) and 5 p.m. for finals.
The meet is offering $5,000 for individual winners, with $60,000