Bremerton’s Adrian completes freestyle sweep at Arena GP

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton swept the freestyles at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis Saturday.

Adrian, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, won the 100-yard freestyle in 41.49 seconds. He won the 50 free on Friday. Spain’s Miguel Ortiz-Canavate was second in 42.65 and Great Britain’s James Disney-May was third in 42.81.

Winners earn $1,000 while $600 is awarded to second place and $200 for third.

Nathan Adrian wins 50 free at Arena GP

Here’s the story from the Associated Press on Nathan’s win in the 50 freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nathan Adrian won the 50-yard freestyle in under 19 seconds in the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Adrian was a half-second ahead of the rest of the field. Bruno Frautus of Brazil was second in 19.33, and Miguel Ortiz Canavate of Spain took third in 19.42.

“Anytime I get under 19, I’m pretty happy about it,” Adrian said. “There are a couple details I can shore up in there and find a couple hundredths here or there, and hopefully I get 18.7, maybe even 18.6 by the end of the year.”

Elizabeth Beisel and Tyler Clary each earned a second win in the meet, while fellow Olympians Caitlin Leverenz and Connor Jaeger won their events.

Beisel led all the way in the 500 free, touching in 4 minutes, 37 seconds. Clary won the 200 butterfly in 1:44.73.

Leverenz won the women’s 200 fly in 1:54.34. Maya DiRado was second in 1:54.97, while Beisel and Katie McLaughlin tied for third in 1:55.15.

Jaeger won the 500 free in 4:15.05, while Clary was second in 4:18.45.

Other winners were: Margo Geer in the 50 free; Beata Nelson in the 100 backstroke; BJ Johnson in the men’s 200 breaststroke; Junya Koga of Japan in the 100 back; Kierra Smith of Canada in the 200 breast.

The three-day, short-course yards meet ends Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

I also found a link to watch the race here and here’s the link for the 200 free final from Thursday where Nathan finished second

Adrian second in 200 free at Arena GP in Minneapolis

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian finished second in the 200-yard freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis Thursday.

Adrian, who races for California Aquatics, finished behind North Baltimore’s Conor Dwyer, who led from start to finish in the short-course race, in 1 minute, 34.87 seconds. Dwyer won in 1:33:69 and Tyler Clary of SwimMAC was third in 1:34.97.

Adrian still holds the Washington state high school record in the event, set Feb. 18, 2006 in 1:37.17.

Adrian is slated to swim in the 50 free Friday and 100 free on Saturday.

Also, Adrian’s coach Dave Durden of California-Berkeley, was named the head coach for the men’s team for the world championships in Russia next year. Mike Bottom coached Adrian in his first year at Cal and at The Race Club prior to Adrian qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Here’s the story from the Associated Press;

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Swimming has chosen its coaching staffs for three major international meets next year, with Dave Durden of California and Dave Salo of Southern California leading the teams for the world championships in Russia.

Durden will coach the U.S. men at the world meet in Kazan, while Salo will oversee the women’s team during the Aug. 2-9 competition.

Jason Turcotte of Dynamo Swim Club will coach the U.S. men at the Pan American Games in Toronto, while Matt Kredich of Tennessee will guide the women during the July 14-18 meet.

Mike Bottom of Michigan will coach the men’s team and Ray Looze of Indiana will oversee the women at the World University Games in South Korea from July 4-11.

Adrian, Dwyer, Clary to headline Arena GP in Minnesota

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is one of several Olympians who will swim at the first Arena Grand Prix meet of the year, Nov. 20-22, in Minneapolis.

Also swimming at the short-course meet is Tyler Clary, Conor Dwyer, Caitlin Leverenz, Elizabeth Beisel and more.

Arena just upped the prize money for this season, which you can read about here, with winners snagging $1,000, $600 for second and $200 for third place.

Adrian officially named to USA Swimming roster

I’m a little late on posting this, but Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was officially named to the USA Swimming roster for the 2015 FINA World Championships.

The championships are scheduled for Aug. 2-9 in Kazan, Russia.

Adrian swims in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

You can check out the complete roster here.


Arena doubles Grand Prix prize money

The Arena Grand Prix Series will have twice the amount of prize money available to winners this season.

The series, which kicks off Nov. 20-22 at the GP at Minneapolis, will feature $300,000 in overall prize money. Swimmers earn awards for top-three finishes in all individual Olympic events in the series and $1,000 will be given to first place, $600 for second and $200 for third. The overall male and female winners of the series will earn a $10,000 bonus.

Here’s the schedule;

Nov. 20-22 at Minneapolis, Jan. 15-17 at Austin, Feb. 12-14 at Orlando, April 15-18 at Mesa, Arizona, May 14-17 at Charlotte, June 18-21 at Santa Clara.

Bremerton YMCA second at Fall Festival, Haselwood team fifth

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team, which found itself without a home pool while the Jarstad Aquatic Center was being remodeled this summer, finished second at the Fall Festival Swim Meet in Hoquiam. The meet, which was hosted by Grays Harbor YMCA, was the kickoff to the 2014-15 season. Grays Harbor won the team title, followed by Bremerton.  Bremerton won the meet last year.

Haselwood Family YMCA Hammerheads finished fifth.

Picking up individual wins for Bremerton were Wyatt Coffin (100 IM, 50 breast), Katie Croman (25 free, 25 back), Rainier Meyer (50 free, 50 breast), Aziza Meyer (25 breast, 50 free 100 IM), Sienna Cheng Lucey (25 fly, 25 back), Tarvyn Shelton (25 free, 50 free, 25 back), Brendan Kerns (50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM), Dieterich Meyer (100 IM, 100 free), Trayton Shelton (50 fly, 50 free, 100 free) and Garrett Coffin (50 back). Bremerton also won the mixed 8U 100 medley relay, 10U 200 free relay, 10U 200 medley relay and 21U 200 free relay.

Individual winners for Haselwood Hammerheads were Lucy Mitchell (50 back, 50 breast, 100 IM).

Here’s the full results:


And the team results:

1, Grays Harbor 1,646. 2, Bremerton 1,437. 3, Olympia 1,406. 4, Morgan Family Sea Dragons 1,143. 5, Haselwood Family Hammerheads 283. 6, Lakewood Sharks 155.

USA Swimming comes down hard on Michael Phelps — as it should

USA Swimming left no room for doubt. You do enough to blacken their eye, you’re toast. The governing body of swimming took off the gloves and dealt a six-month suspension to Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion, for his second DUI arrest. USA Swimming said Phelps violated its code of conduct and banned him from any USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015. That forced Phelps to withdraw from next year’s world championships.

I hate to see it happen, but I don’t empathize with Phelps. I’m on the side of making the correct decision, which Phelps hasn’t done. Drinking and driving is a choice. It’s not a mistake. You knowingly get into a vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol, you will eventually kill someone. I’m glad USA Swimming took the stand that it did and I hope that Michael Phelps gets the wake up call he needs.

I’m so sick to death of having to see sports athletes stand there an apologize for something that is so easily avoided. Call. A. Cab. Rent. A. Limo. What about a designated driver?? What. Is that uncool? I don’t understand it.

But don’t even tell me that you made a bad decision, that everyone makes mistakes and you’re sorry. A bad decision is staying up late the night before and being late to work the next day or eating an entire cheesecake. A mistake is forgetting to stop by the bank to make that deposit or forgetting your dry-cleaning. It doesn’t work when it comes to drinking and driving. That’s a blatant choice to hurt others and yourself.

If I’ve offended you. Good. Here’s some statistics that will offend you further, or maybe not.


Here’s the story from Beth Harris of the Associated Press:

Michael Phelps’ comeback took a major hit on Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year’s world championships.

Phelps also lost six months of funding from the sport’s national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. The 29-year-old swimmer is banned from participating in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015.

USA Swimming said Phelps violated its Code of Conduct, and cited a section of its 2014 Rule Book in punishing him. Its executive committee approved the sanctions, which take effect immediately.

“Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive director. “We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions.”

Phelps can still train with his North Baltimore club, but he had already qualified for the world championships in Russia next August, which is the biggest international meet leading up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Phelps came out of retirement earlier this year with his sights set on competing at a fifth Olympics in Rio. Being barred from the world meet could put a serious dent in those ambitions.

His latest arrest came about a month after Phelps won three golds and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. He had retired after the 2012 London Olympics, having won a record 18 gold medals and 22 medals in four games.

Phelps’ monthly funding stipend of $1,750 will be halted for six months, costing him a total of $10,500. That is small change compared to the millions he earns through several major endorsements, including Aqua Sphere, Subway, Under Armour, Omega and Master Spas.

“Michael accepts USA Swimming’s sanctions,” according to a statement from his representatives at Octagon. “He has apologized for his actions and, as he shared yesterday, is taking steps to address them.”

Over the weekend, Phelps announced he was entering a six-week, in-patient program, a week after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in his hometown of Baltimore.

“Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future,” he said in a series of posts on his Twitter account.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said, “We think the sanctions are appropriate and we are glad that Michael is seeking help. We are grateful that nobody was hurt and appreciate the speed at which USA Swimming and Michael took action.”

While Phelps was still working out his schedule for the upcoming year, he will miss the first three U.S. Grand Prix meets in Minneapolis in November, Austin, Texas, in January and Orlando, Florida, in February.

The earliest he could return to Grand Prix competition would be at a meet in Mesa, Arizona, that begins April 15.

USA Swimming’s punishment was its harshest ever imposed on its superstar. The governing body suspended Phelps for three months in 2009 after a photo emerged of him using a marijuana pipe, even though he was not charged.

USA Swimming took no action after Phelps’ 2004 drunken driving arrest when he was 19.

Phelps was charged on Sept. 30 with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines on Interstate 95. He registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation; the legal limit is .08 percent in Maryland.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 19.

If convicted, Phelps faces up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months.

In 2004, Phelps was arrested and charged with drunken driving on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, fresh from the Athens Olympics, where he won six gold medals.

Phelps pleaded guilty to the charges, but as a young first-time offender he avoided conviction. A judge imposed 18 months’ probation and a fine but waived the conviction, which means Phelps now faces the same penalties a first-time offender would.


Former Islander Williams commits to Stanford

Former Bainbridge Islander Kim Williams, who moved to Bellevue and how swims for the Wolverines, verbally committed to Stanford University on Wednesday according to Braden Keith of

Williams swam for Bainbridge Island Swim Club before her family moved to Bellevue when she was 12. Keith calls Williams an incredible all-around swimmer and a true IM star. She recently competed for Team USA at the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Championships in Hawaii where she placed third in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 14.18 seconds. She is also the long-course Junior National Champion in both the 200 IM and 400 IM.

Joining Williams for the 2015 freshman class at Stanford are Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky, the sixth-ranked recruit in the nation Kaitlyn Albertoli.

Williams is the two-time defending state champion in the 3A 200 IM and the three-time champion in the 100 breaststroke.

You can read more on Keith’s story here.

USA Swimming announces Golden Goggles nominees

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was nominated for a Golden Goggle award as part of the 4×100 medley relay team from the Pan Pacific Championships in August. The race is under the relay performance of the year category. Also on the team were Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Michael Phelps. The foursome finished with a meet record of 3:29.94 to claim the gold.

The complete list is below and here’s the link to vote. You can vote as often as you like until Nov. 14.

Breakout Performer of the Year

Maya DiRado

Katie McLaughlin

Ryan Murphy

Cierra Runge

Kendyl Stewart

Perseverance Award

Open Water Gold Medalists: Haley Anderson & Andrew Gemmell

Kevin Cordes

Missy Franklin

Michael Phelps

Tom Shields

Coach of the Year

Bob Bowman

Dave Durden

Bruce Gemmell

David Marsh

Relay Performance of the Year

Women’s 4x200m Free Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Men’s 4x200m Free Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Female Race of the Year

Cammile Adams – 200m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Maya DiRado – 200m IM, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Jessica Hardy – 100m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Katie Ledecky – 400m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Katie Ledecky – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Male Race of the Year

Tyler Clary – 200m Back, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Nic Fink – 200m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Connor Jaeger – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Phelps – 100m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Female Athlete of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel

Maya DiRado

Missy Franklin

Katie Ledecky

Male Athlete of the Year

Tyler Clary

Connor Jaeger

Michael Phelps