Adrian sweeps sprint free events at Arena Pro Swim in Austin

Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle Saturday at the Arena Pro Swim Series event in Austin, Texas, giving him the overall series lead and a sweep of the sprint distances.

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Adrian out-distanced the rest of the field coming in at the finish in 21.85 seconds. Bruno Fratus of Brazil was second in 22.07 while Jimmy Feigen was third in 22.27. Up-and-coming teen sensation Michael Andrew was fourth in 22.33.

“I felt stronger on that swim than I did last night,” Adrian said in an online post-race interview.

Adrian laughed when the announcer said it seemed like he could go a sub-22 second anytime he felt like it.

“Anytime might be a little bit of an overstatement,” he said.

Adrian said the buildup to the 2016 Olympic trials can be felt at each meet.

“With all these amazing swims going on, it just makes you jump on that train,” he said. “It’s a fun, light and fast atmosphere down here.”

Bremerton’s Adrian wins 100 free at Arena Series in Austin

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100-meter freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim series event at Austin, Texas, on Friday afternoon.

Adrian led from the start, turning at the 50-meter mark with the lead in 23.10 seconds and out-touched France’s Jeremy Stavius 48.91 to 48.96 at the finish. Jimmy Feigen finished third in 49.20.

Adrian will swim the 50 free on Saturday. The prelims are at 7 a.m. with the finals at 4 p.m. local time. The meet is being shown via livestream at usaswimming.org.

Adrian headed to Austin later this week for Arena Pro Swim Series

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian is set to return to the water later this week winning the 100 freestyle at the National Championships last month in Federal Way.

In the first meet of the Olympic year, Adrian is schedule to swim at the Arena Pro Swim series at Austin, Texas, Friday-Sunday. The 100 free is Friday and the 50 free is Saturday. Adrian is seeded third in the 100 free in 48.05, behind Vladimir Morozov (47.98) and Santo Condorelli (47.98). Adrian is seeded first in the 50 free in 21.37 seconds.

Adrian is currently tied for second with Chase Kalisz in the chase for the overall title with 10 points. Conor Dwyer is the overall leader with 13 points. The overall male and female winners earn $10,000. At each meet, winners in all Olympic events earn $1,000, $600 for second and $200 for third.

More than 70 members of the U.S. swim team will be competing. Prelims are at 7 a.m. and finals are at 4 p.m. A live webcast of the meet will be available at usaswimming.org.

Bremerton Y hosting Snowman Invitational Jan. 16

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team will be hosting the 3rd edition of the Snowman Invitational on Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The meet includes YMCA teams from throughout the Greater Puget Sound Area, ages 5-18, at the Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center. The Bremerton team hosts about 6-8 meets a year, but this meet has been the most popular and typically draws about 400-500 people, said Greg Mackem, assistant aquatics director for the Bremerton Family YMCA.

“The Snowman Invitational has been especially popular because it fields good competition, maintains meet records and often draws many former alumni of the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team.

 

AP: Officials investigate drowning of Dartmouth swimmer

Sad news for everyone in the swimming community … This story from the Associated Press’s Jennifer Kay adds more to the story of a Dartmouth College swimmer who died while trying to complete four laps underwater.

MIAMI (AP) — A Dartmouth College swimmer who died at a YMCA pool had been trying to complete four laps underwater without surfacing to breathe when he went into distress, according to a sheriff’s office report released Monday.

Tate Ramsden, 21, of Nashville, Tennessee, was pronounced dead at the Sarasota pool after lifeguards and emergency medical personnel could not revive him, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Ramsden was at the pool Saturday with his sister, uncle and a cousin.

“Tate had been swimming laps in the pool for some time and I was told he had swam approximately 4,000 yards before practicing his underwater swimming techniques,” Officer Douglas Stidham wrote in the report. “It is believed he was likely attempting to complete a ‘100’ which is four laps across the pool without surfacing for air.”

At some point, Ramsden’s sister and cousin noticed that he was not moving underwater, and they alerted lifeguards who removed him from the pool, Stidham wrote.

Water and blood came from Ramsden’s nose and mouth throughout the attempts to revive him, according to the report.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.

Ramsden swam for Dartmouth as a freshman and sophomore. He was scheduled to graduate from the school in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 2017.

In an email Sunday evening to students and faculty, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon wrote that Ramsden’s family has planned a memorial service next weekend in Nashville.

“We have been in touch with Tate’s family to share our deepest sympathies with them at this time of heartbreaking loss,” Hanlon wrote.

A message left for Ramsden’s sister was not immediately returned, and a person who answered the phone number listed for Ramsden’s mother hung up on an Associated Press reporter.

“He was a great kid. He truly was a pleasure to have around all the time,” said John Morse, the head coach at the Nashville Aquatic Club, where Ramsden swam for many years. “He was witty with a dry sense of humor, had a great intellect — an accomplished swimmer and a wonderful teammate.”

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Associated Press writer Travis Loller in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report.

ICYMI: Duel in the Pool replay this weekend

The TV rebroadcast of the Duel in the Pool will be aired Saturday on NBC at 4 p.m.

This isn’t a spoiler for anyone who is a swimming fan since I wrote about it extensively late last week. Nathan Adrian won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races as Team USA beat the European All-Stars 155-107.

But, in case you weren’t able to watch the lifestream, you can watch the tape delayed version this Saturday.

Adrian wins twice as U.S. claims 7th Duel in the Pool victory

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian helped Team USA keep its unbeaten record intact as it won its

Nathan Adrian is congratulated by a teammate after their team won the men's 400-meter relay during the Duel in the Pool swim meet in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Nathan Adrian is congratulated by a teammate after their team won the men’s 400-meter relay during the Duel in the Pool swim meet in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

seventh Duel in the Pool on Saturday at Indianapolis, Indiana, 155 to 107.

“But really, it was an incredible job done by pretty much everyone around,” Adrian said of the U.S. effort. “We won a lot of close races and if those wouldn’t have gone our way, this meet would be completely different and it could be the other way around.

“Hats off to the people that got their hand on the wall (first) and the score shows it.”

Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle in the short-course meter event that billed some of the top American swimmers versus some of the best swimmers from Europe. Adrian touched the wall in the 50 in 20.95 seconds. His win gave the U.S. a 139-91 lead and clinched the team title.

“I certainly knew that I didn’t want to be part of the first team that ever lost this so, you know, glad to not do that,” Adrian said.

Adrian then teamed with Matt Grevers, Josh Schneider, Michael Chadwick, to win the 4×100 freestyle relay in 3:05.42.

Nathan Adrian swims in the 100-meter freestyle during the Duel in the Pool swim meet Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Indianapolis. Adrian won the event. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Nathan Adrian swims in the 100-meter freestyle during the Duel in the Pool swim meet Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Indianapolis. Adrian won the event. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

On Friday, Adrian won the 100 free in 46.57 seconds. Adrian jumped out to a quick lead and was under world-record pace at the 50 split in 21.68. Josh Schneider finished second in 46.66 and Vladimir Morozov of Russia was third in 46.68. Adrian also anchored the men’s 4×100 medley relay team, which included Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Tom Shields, to an American record in 3:20.91.

 

Adrian to swim in Duel in the Pool this week

Bremerton's Nathan Adrian, left, celebrates beside France's Fabien Gilot after the US team won the gold medal in the men's 4x100m medley relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian, left, celebrates beside France’s Fabien Gilot after the US team won the gold medal in the men’s 4x100m medley relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton will swim Friday and Saturday at the Duel in the Pool, Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis.

The 100-meter freestyle is Friday and the 50 freestyle is Saturday. The U.S. roster also includes Missy Franklin, Simone Manuel, Jessica Hardy, Tyler Clary, Conor Dwyer, Matt Grevers and Ryan Lochte.

The meet is being livestreamed at usaswimming.org.

ICYMI: Post-race presser from Adrian’s win in Thursday’s 50 free

Nathan Adrian, right, turns to greet George Bovell after they competed in the men's 50 meter freestyle preliminary race at the U.S. Winter Nationals swimming event Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Federal Way, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nathan Adrian, right, turns to greet George Bovell after they competed in the men’s 50 meter freestyle preliminary race at the U.S. Winter Nationals swimming event Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Federal Way, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

I didn’t get a chance to post this last night, but here’s the press conference with Nathan Adrian after the finals of the 50-meter freestyle Thursday at the U.S. Winter Nationals at KCAC in Federal Way.

He’s off today, but is in the pool now for a workout.

Adrian wins 50 free at Winter Nationals; Phelps revisits love of home-cooking at Mitzel’s

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his sixth 50-meter freestyle national title on Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the first night of the U.S. Winter Nationals, Adrian was just one of several Olympic champions who competed. Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, Conor Dwyer and Maya DiRado all pocketed gold medals.

You can check out what Phelps had to say about his race from the press conference here. He and coach Bob Bowman ate every lunch and dinner at Mitzel’s Restaurant in Kent when they were here 15 years ago.

“Bob and I pretty much had the same meal everyday,” he said. “It was meatloaf, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy and a bowl of clam chowder. Had the same thing yesterday (Wednesday). It’s still just the same, it’s just as good.

“I was talking to some of the waitresses there and they were saying that it’s the last one. They expanded and came down to their last one and they went back to their roots of real, genuine home-cooking. That’s what I remembered most from going there and it was literally exactly the same meal that I had 15 years ago. It was very, very good. And then desserts are amazing.”

The pool holds a special place in Phelps’ heart as this is where his life changed when he broke 2 minutes in the 200 fly and his legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time was sealed. Six months after that, he made his first Olympic team.

“Bob and I relived some memories by going to Mitzel’s,” he said. “It was kind of here where it started. That’s when everything kind of took off … I’ve enjoyed this pool.”