Adrian edged by Fratus in 50 free finals in Austin

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.

Adrian wins 100 free at Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet at Austin, Texas, Thursday.

Adrian touched the wall a half a bodylength ahead of Conor Dwyer in 49.11 seconds. Dwyer finished in 49.60 and Ryan Murphy was third in 49.88.

It was Adrian’s first race of the calendar year. He was in second place in the APS series’ overall standings behind Tyler Clary heading into Thursday’s event.

Adrian is in training for the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 24-August 9. The worlds are a pre-curser to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Adrian back in water at Austin Pro Series

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 Grevers.

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. Pacific time.

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 meet.

Adrian interview from Golden Goggles online

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.

Locals fare well at PNS Champs

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 times.

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.

Adrian rattles own American record at Oklahoma Pro-Am

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian came close to breaking his own American record in the 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am.

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.

Adrian second in 200 free at Oklahoma Pro-Am

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was a close second to Dax Hill in the 200-yard freestyle at the Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am on Friday, hosted by the American Energy Swim Club in Edmonds.

Hill touched the wall in 1 minute, 33.15 seconds to claim the $5,000 winners check. Adrian was right behind in 1:33.18.

Adrian is also scheduled to swim in the 50 free on Saturday and the 100 free on Sunday. Prelims are at 8:30 a.m. (CST) and finals are at 5 p.m.

Adrian at Oklahoma Pro-Am this week

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 available total.

And in case you missed it, here’s a link on freestyle technique (body positioning) from Nathan.