Nathan Adrian back in area for Swim Across America

Back in July I wrote this blog post about Nathan Adrian’s participation in the Swim Across America to benefit Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and to honor his friend and teammate Matt Benoit, who died of cancer in April.

Well, the swim is Saturday at Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, and it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous, and warm, day.

Nathan was in Seattle today, he co-hosted Evening Magazine and was on one of the local TV stations to promote Saturday’s event.

Here’s a link that was posted on his Twitter page;

And the full link is here…

Also, here is a link to Nathan’s SAA page. He is swimming the half-mile distance, which starts at 8:30 a.m.

Nathan Adrian given hero’s welcome in Bremerton

Bremerton’s version of The Beatles were in town Monday.

OK, it would be one Beatle and it would be multiple-Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian.

I don’t think the adjective fervor describes the intensity to which the strapping 6-foot-6 swimmer received when he was introduced to the public in a welcome-home fete at Bremerton High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Ardor? Zeal? Those come close.

IMG_6882Receiving nearly the same amount of applause were his parents, Jim and Cecilia, who have picked up some worldwide notoriety thanks to their youngest son; older brother Justin and his wife Hilary and their toddler daughter and soon-to-be-born second child, and older sister Donella and her husband Barry and their three children were also on hand.

IMG_6886Adrian was given a key to the city by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, and Bremerton High swim team captain Nathan Rubie, a state participant himself, also presented Adrian with a Knights’ swim team t-shirt.IMG_6883

Remarks were given by Bremerton School District superintendent Aaron Leavell, new principal Monica Sweet and Adrian’s former age-group swim coach at Olympic Aquatic Club Bonnie Burmaster. IMG_6885

On hand were nearly 1,200 fans, former teachers, community members who wanted a chance to greet Adrian. IMG_6887

Nathan Adrian returns home to Bremerton Monday

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men's 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men’s 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Fans will have a chance give Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian a hero’s welcome, ask questions and receive an autograph from the multiple Olympic gold medalist on Monday, Aug. 29 at Bremerton High School’s Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m.

Adrian returns to his hometown for an autograph session, question and answer period and those attending will have a chance to hear Nathan speak about his experiences in Rio after winning two gold medals and two bronze medals.

Adrian will arrive at the high school after being driven from east Bremerton to west Bremerton from 5:15-5:30 p.m., across the Manette Bridge, up 11th Street to the high school. The public is welcome to wave, take pictures and cheer for Adrian along the route.

Nathan Adrian adds to medal haul in Rio

Nathan Adrian reacts after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Nathan Adrian reacts after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his third medal at the Rio Olympics on Friday when he finished with a bronze in the 50-meter freestyle in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Adrian touched the wall in 21.49 seconds. U.S. teammate Anthony Ervin won the gold in 21.40 and France’s Florent Manaudou, who won gold in 2012, earned the silver in 21.41.
Adrian won a gold medal on Sunday anchoring the 4×100 free relay and then won a bronze in the 100 freestyle in Wednesday.

He will swim in the 4×100 medley relay at 6 p.m. on Saturday and look to earn his fourth medal.

Here’s how to watch;

TV: CBC (live), NBC 8 p.m. (tape delay)

Online: NBCOlympics.com, NBCSportsExtra app

Nathan Adrian into Friday’s 50 free finals

Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nathan Adrian (USA) after the men's 50m freestyle semifinal in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nathan Adrian (USA) after the men’s 50m freestyle semifinal in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 50 freestyle Thursday at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian finished second in his semifinal heat to defending gold medalist Florent Manaudou of France. Manaudou touched the wall in 21.32 and Adrian in 21.47.

This is the first Olympic 50 free Adrian will swim as he didn’t qualify in the event in 2008 or 2012, when he was favored to do so.

Joining him will be U.S. teammate, and former California teammate, Anthony Ervin who finished tied for first in the second semifinal with Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov in 21.46.

Nathan Adrian qualifies for 50 free semifinals

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Coming off his bronze-medal finish in the 100 freestyle late Wednesday night in Rio, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won his heat in the 50 freestyle Thursday morning to qualify for tonight’s semifinals.

Adrian touched the wall in 21.61 seconds, out-touching teammate Anthony Ervin in 21.63.

The evening session starts at 6 p.m. It can be seen live on CBC locally, on nbcolympics.com or on tape delay on NBC at 8 p.m.

Nathan Adrian earns bronze in 100 free

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men's 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men’s 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton earned a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle on Wednesday evening, in 47.85 seconds at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian was trying to become the first American to win back-to-back golds in the sprint event since Johnny Weismuller did it in 1924-28.

“I feel great about getting another medal, man. No doubt,” he said. “To be able to look at the side of the block and see that there’s lights there. It’s what you work for. It would be great to have gold, but in this day and age in the 100 freestyle’s maybe the most fickle event out there.”

It’s Adrian’s second medal of the games, he anchored the 4×100 free relay on Sunday to a win, and his sixth career Olympic medal. Adrian was out-touched at the wall by gold medalist Kyle Chalmers in 47.58 and Belgium’s  Pieter Timmers in 47.80 for silver.

Adrian said he believed he was able to swim his own race.

“I did. I was next to a couple of guys who come home really fast,” he said. “In a pool this small, there’s no getting away from that.”

He will swim Thursday morning in the preliminaries in the 50 freestyle with the semifinals at 6 p.m.

Nathan Adrian earns chance to defend 100 free gold

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian didn’t leave any doubt this time.

After just barely making the semifinals by .03 seconds in 16th place, Adrian won the first semifinal heat in 47.83 to beat out Australia’s Kyle Chalmers in 47.93.

The 100 free finals is at 6 p.m. Wednesday locally.

Here’s how to watch: NBCOlympics.com (live), CBC (live, 3-8 p.m.), NBCSportsExtra app for smartphone/tablet (live), NBC highlight show (tape delay, 8 p.m.)

 

 

Nathan Adrian makes semis…barely

It would have been a major upset in Olympic swimming if the reigning 100 freestyle champion failed to qualify for the semifinals, but Nathan Adrian managed to squeak into tonight’s semis in 16th place.

Adrian, coming off a gold-medal performance Sunday as part of the 4×100 free relay, finished last in his preliminary heat in 48.58 seconds. Teammate Caeleb Dressel also made the semis with the second fastest time in 47.91. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers was the fastest qualifier in 47.90.

Adrian wasn’t too concerned and spoke to swimswam.com following his morning’s race.

“It was alright, feeling a little rusty this morning, trying to get back into the meet after a pretty late night the other night. It doesn’t affect anything really, you’re swimming for a lane, and tonight is going to be the same thing, we’re swimming for a lane. Actually, I’m pretty happy to get an outside lane, it’s always nice to get a little clean water, so looking forward to it tonight.”

Tonight’s session can be viewed live online at nbcolympics.com or on CBC locally starting at 6 p.m.

NBC is showing a highlight, tape delayed broadcast that includes swimming that starts about 7 p.m.

Adrian starts 2016 Olympics with relay gold

United States' Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
United States’ Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian dominated the anchor leg of the highly-anticipated 400 freestyle relay Sunday night at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian’s split time of 46.97 helped Team USA to gold in a time of 3:09.92 to beat out France, 3:10.53, and Australia 3:11.37.

The win also gives Michael Phelps his 19th gold of his career. Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel earned their first relay wins.