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Pan Pacs almost here, plus more video of Nathan Adrian

August 18th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

With the Pan Pacs getting start just around the corner, here’s a link from a story by the Brisbane Times on James Magnussen’s back.

And, here’s part 3 of the Nathan Adrian series from Team USA. The links for part 1 and 2 can be found on the Team USA page.

The meet begins Thursday with the 100 freestyle slated for Friday.

Pan Pacs psych sheets, Adrian video and more

August 15th, 2014 by Annette Griffus
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is seeded fourth in the 100 free and third in the 50 free for the upcoming Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. (Rafael Domeyko,

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is seeded fourth in the 100 free and third in the 50 free for the upcoming Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.
(Rafael Domeyko,

The Pan Pacific Championships begin next week in Gold Coast, Australia and the psych sheets are out.

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is seeded fourth in the 100 freestyle, behind Australian’s James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy and fellow American Jimmy Feigen.’s John Lohn wrote a nice piece on the match up between Magnussen and Adrian. You can read that here. I like his take on it. He doesn’t discount anyone else from winning the 100, but he does say the two favorites are Adrian and Magnussen, as it should be. Adrian is the third seed in the 50 free behind Cal Aquatics teammate Anthony Ervin and Brazil’s Bruno Fratus. Magnussen and Cullen Jones round out the top five.

The 100 free is on the second day of competition (Thursday), while the 400 free relay is Saturday and the 50 free and 400 medley really are Sunday.

And, if you haven’t watched it yet, Team USA has produced it’s latest video on Adrian, a two-parter from the nationals/Pan Pacs trials. You can check out part 1 and part 2 here. Both parts are quite good but I liked the part at about 2:24 when it was slo-mo and Nathan was walking out like Rocky with the towel over his head and coach Dave Durden by his side.

BISC’s Lipton wins at LC Championships last month

August 13th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

I’m still catching up on my emails after vacation, so forgive the delay in getting this info on my blog, but Ian Lipton continues to produce as a 10-Under age-group swimmer for the Bainbridge Island Swim Club.

Lipton won six individual titles at the Long Course Championships at the King County Aquatic Center on July 23-27. More than 1,000 swimmers participated in the meet. BISC finished fifth overall among 34 teams.

Lipton won the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 back and was third in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Also in the 10U category, Collin Bushey was third in the 50 butterfly, fourth in the 100 fly, fifth in the 50 back, sixth in the 400 free, seventh in the 100 free, and eighth in the 50 free.

In the 11-12 boys category, Jude Wenker placed second in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free, fourth in the 50 breast, 100 breast, 50 fly and 200 IM. He was fifth in the 200 breast. James Sanchez placed seventh in the 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, eighth in the 50 free, 50 breast, and eighth in the 100 breast. Aron Markow was second in the 50 back, fifth in the 50 breast, sixth in the 100 back and 100 breast. Max Eyrich was second in the 800 free; Andrew Witty placed seventh in 200 back.

In the 13-14 boys category, Garrett Waite was second in the 800 free, third in the 100 back and 200 back, fifth in the 200 free, seventh in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Kevin Houseman finished second in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast; Makai Ingalls was fourth in the 100 fly and Parker Bushey was fifth in the 50 free.

For the girls, Margaret Hayes was third in the 50 fly, fourth in the 100 fly, sixth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 200 free in the 10-U category. Hannah Tonsmann, in the 11-12 category, was eighth in the 1,500 free.


Adrian accomplishes goal, headed to Pan Pacs

August 11th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

For as long as I’ve known Nathan Adrian he’s never been a “look-at-the-clock” kind of swimmer after a

Nathan Adrian, right, is congratulated Michael Phelps after winning the men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals of swimming, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. Phelps took seventh. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Nathan Adrian, right, is congratulated Michael Phelps after winning the men’s 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals of swimming, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. Phelps took seventh. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

race. His time is always a gauge to see if he is swimming faster each time his hand touches the wall. That’s his main motivation right there. To touch the wall first.

He accomplished that goal in the 100 freestyle at last week’s U.S. Swimming national championships, winning his sixth national title and in the process he put his name on the national team once again. He and his Team USA mates are on their way to Gold Coast, Australia, for the Pan Pacific Championships August 20-25.

He came up just short of making it a sweep when his Cal Aquatics teammate and former Olympic champion Anthony Ervin just beat him to the wall to with the 50 free on Sunday. Nathan, a three-time Olympic champion, was second and will swim both sprint frees in Australia.

In a video interview Nathan said Pan Pacs are a different meet than most international competitions.

“Pan Pac is a little more stressful than some of the other international competitions because you have to race against your Team USA teammates and thats kind of a bummer,” he said.

He was also happy that Ervin made the squad.

“Tony adds a really good, level of balance for me,” he said. “We can joke around about a lot of things around the realm of swimming.”

Following his race in the 50 free in a post-race TV interview on Sunday, Nathan said another week to taper and rest will give him more speed.

“It’s time to go down there and compete,” he said.

Locals part of PNS runner-up team at Western Zone

August 11th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Kitsap swimmers were well represented on the Pacific Northwest Swimming team that finished in second place overall at the Western Zone Age Group Championships last week at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
PNS finished behind Colorado Swimming Zone Team with 3,283 points to PNS 3,056. Local swimmers who competed were Amanda Ashmore and Andrew Renninger of Olympic Aquatic Club; Eleanor Beers and Alex Stefanski of Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team; and Ian Lipton, Andrew Markow, Jude Wenker and Parker Bushey of Bainbridge Island Swim Club.
Lipton was the highest finisher among locals individually, placing second in the 10U 100-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 14.01 seconds and the 50 backstroke in 35.26 seconds. Lipton was the top seed heading into the final. He was also third in the 200 individual medley in 2:46.18, fifth in the 200 freestyle in 2:26.08, the 100 freestyle in 1:08.41 and the 50 free in 31.60. Lipton was part of the PNS championship 400 medley relay in 5:11.52 and helped the 200 free relay to second place in 2:07.80.
Ashmore helped PNS place second in the 10-U 200 medley relay in 2:23.31, third in the 400 free relay in 4:43.84, third in the 200 free relay in 2:07.93, and sixth in the 400 medley relay in 5:11.11. Individually, Ashmore was fifth in the 50 freestyle in 31.62, 10th in the 50 butterfly in 34.77 and 13th in the 100 freestyle in 1:11.64.
Renninger placed 15th in the 10U 200 freestyle in 2:37.29 and the 200 individual medley in 2:55.52, and 19th in the 50 backstroke in 39.05. He also helped PNS finish eighth in the 400 free relay in 4:57.47, 10th in the 200 free relay in 2:15.47, and 10th in the 400 medley relay in 5:39.57.
Beers finished eighth in the 11-12 division in the 100 free in 1:03.90, and 13th in the 50 fly in 31.63. In the 400 medley relay, Beers helped PNS place second in 400 medley relay in 4:40.15, third in the 200 medley relay in 2:07.28, fourth in the 200 free relay in 1:56.52, and fifth in the 400 free relay in 4:17.74.
Stefanski placed 13th in the 11-12 100 breaststroke in 1:20.55 and the 200 breast in 2:57.62.
Markow placed fourth in the 11-12 50 breast in 34.40, 13th in the 50 back in 33.54, and 14th in the 100 breast in 1:20.72. Markow also helped the 200 free relay to eighth place in 1:56.73, and the 400 free relay to a ninth-place finish in 4:22.13.
Wenker placed third in the 11-12 200 free in 2:12.09, fourth in the 50 free in 27.68 sixth in the 50 breast in 35.88, sixth in the 100 free in 1:01.64, seventh in the 200 breast in 2:51.83, and ninth in the 100 breast in 1:18.32. He was also part of the three winning relay teams, the 400 free relay that finished in 4:02.94 the 200 free relay in 1:50.41, and the 400 medley relay in 4:29.37. The 200 medley relay placed third in 2:07.36.
Bushey helped the 13-14 400 free relay to a first-place finish in 3:44.36 as well as the 200 free realy in 1:41.42. He finished 14th in the 13-14 100 free in 56.99.

Adrian wins 100 free on first night of U.S. Nationals

August 6th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

While there was much ballyhoo surrounding Michael Phelps’ return to swimming, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian left no doubt as to who really is the king of American sprinting on Wednesday. Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. National championships in Irvine, California.

Adrian led at the 50, in 22.85 seconds, and won by a near half-body length in 48.31. Ryan Lochte was second and Jimmy Feigen third. Phelps was seventh. The win also gives Adrian his sixth national championship title.

The top four individuals are added to the national team for the next two-year cycle and will head to Australia later this month for the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast.

Adrian wasn’t that impressed with his time.

“It’s about qualifying,” he said in a post-race webcast interview. “In a field like that it’s always an honor to get your hand on the wall first.”

Adrian said it was very important to not abandon his race strategy considering the amount of talent in the event. Of the eight competitors, seven are Olympians and all seven have won individual golds at the Olympics or

Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian

world championships.

“You work all year with a certain race strategy in mind and you really going to do your best if you execute it,” he said. “It’s an extraordinary field and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”

Adrian will swim in the 50 free prelims on Sunday.


Adrian prepped for Wednesday’s kickoff at U.S. Nationals

August 5th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

In what is the biggest domestic swim meet of this year, Nathan Adrian spoke with the media during a press conference today on the eve of the U.S. Swimming Summer Nationals in Irvine, California.

Nathan, a multiple gold medalist from Bremerton, said he’s expecting a great meet as everyone will be looking to secure their spot for international competition the the next couple of years. Nathan talked a bit about swimming against Michael Phelps in the 100, training with Anthony Ervin and some more about Rio.

You can read the entire press conference transcript here. Or go to and watch the video.

Nathan is in the ninth of 10 heats for the 100 meter freestyle on Wednesday. That heat is slated to start at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday and USA Swimming is good about keeping the meet moving on time. Finals are at 5 p.m. and the entire meet can be viewed via webcast at

And this little video gem from swim coach David Marsh is a keeper. Not sure who the young girl is, but she’s dumbfounded when Nathan walks up behind her and introduces himself.

Bremerton can continue to proud of their hometown champion. He is just that nice of a guy.


Adrian finishes LA Invite with meet record, plus a podcast & videos

July 21st, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Nathan Adrian had the fastest time in Saturday’s prelims of the 50 freestyle at the L.A. Invite, popping a 21.90 seconds swim in the morning.

That was enough for the Bremerton Olympic champion as he came back to Berkeley to continue his training for the U.S. Nationals next month. Nathan had already won the 100 free on Friday.

You can watch a video of the 50 prelim race here. The time tied Jason Lezak’s record in 2009 at the same event. His post-race interview can be found here.

Nathan also participated in a podcast with Who Are You? Life Lessons in Sports.


Nathan Adrian wins 100 at LA Invite

July 18th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Breaking news!!!! Nathan Adrian won!

Oh, I’m kidding. Not about Nathan winning. That’s a no-brainer. I’m having a little fun with the “breaking news” bit. I never have a chance to say that.

Nathan won the 100 freestyle in 48.32 seconds Friday at the University of Southern California. Adrian’s time was much faster than his prelim of 50.60. Cristian Quintero of USC was runner-up in 49.35 followed by Alexander Sukhorukov, also of USC, in 49.58. Cal’s Anthony Ervin was fourth in 49.98.

Nathan went out pretty fast in the first 50 with a 23.03 split. His back 50 was 25.29. He still beat the rest of the field by more than a second.

Up next will be Saturday’s 50 free. I’ll update after the finals at 5 p.m. (PDT). You can follow for live results as well.

Nathan Adrian to compete at L.A. Invite

July 17th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

It will be a quick trip for Bremerton’s own Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.

Adrian headed south from Berkeley, California, where he lives and trains, to Los Angeles for the LA Invite hosted by the USC Trojans.

Adrian will swim the 100 freestyle on Friday and the 50 free on Saturday. He is the top seed in the 100 and seeded second in the 50.

Adrian’s on taper, so this should be his last meet before the U.S. Nationals in August. That meet is the selection meet for the Pan Pacific Championships later in August in Australia.

You can follow for information on the meet or you can follow along with live results here.

I’ll also post updates from prelims and finals.


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Annette Griffus has covered swimming since 2001, from age-group to high school and the Olympics.


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