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

I’ll also post updates from prelims and finals.

 


Nathan Adrian explains his recovery technique

July 14th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

I thought I noticed something when I saw the photos from the Arena Grand Prix event in Santa Clara, California, last month, but wasn’t completely sure.

Now I know I was right.

Nathan Adrian talked to Mel Stewart for this Gold Medal Mel moment on the ancient art of cupping — his chosen recovery technique.

Adrian, a Bremerton native and three-time Olympic gold medalist, is gearing up for the U.S. Nationals next month and should be a lock for the U.S. team as it heads to the Pan Pacific Championships in August.

 


Nathan Adrian scratches 50 free at Santa Clara

June 21st, 2014 by Annette Griffus

After traveling across three countries in less than two weeks and then returning to the West Coast and winning the 100-meter freestyle on Friday, Nathan Adrian scratched the 50 free on Saturday at the Santa Clara Invitational Grand Prix.

Adrian, the Bremerton native and Olympic champion, pulled out of the sprint event in the morning, leaving the door wide open for the rest of the field. Adrian’s coach, Dave Durden, told swimmingworldmagazine.com it was a good time to give him a break after he swam nine 50s in nine days.

Adrian swam in the Mare Nostrum Series, sweeping both the 50 and 100 free events in the three-city tour.

Bruno Fratus of Brazil, who ranks second in the world, won the 50 free at Santa Clara in 21.45 seconds. Adrian is the fifth-ranked swimmer in the world with a 21.66 and it looked like the pair were going to go head-to-head from start to finish until Adrian pulled out. California’s Anthony Ervin was second followed by NYAC’s Josh Schneider in third.

Up next will be the U.S. Summer Nationals Aug 6-10 in Irvine, California, which is also the selection meet for the Pan Pacific Championships later in August in Australia.


Adrian wins convincingly at Santa Clara GP

June 20th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Any thought Nathan Adrian would be hurting because of his transcontinental jet lag, guess again.

Adrian, the Bremerton native and multiple Olympic gold medalist, won the 100-meter freestyle by a half-body length over Michael Phelps at the Santa Clara Invitational, an Arena Grand Prix meet, Friday evening. Adrian won in 48.17 seconds, just off the 48.08 he posted in the Mare Nostrum Series that had him in Monaco, France and Spain the last two weeks.

Nathan was first at the split, 22.96 and stayed ahead the rest of the way. You can watch the video from swimswam.com here.

Up next is Saturday’s 50 free.

I’m guessing this will be closer, but Nathan will pull it out. I haven’t been wrong so far.


Local divers compete in junior championships

June 19th, 2014 by Annette Griffus
BIDC members Cammy Rouser, Henry Sauermann, Jackie Hellmers and coach Chris Miller competed at the USA Diving Summer Junior REgion 10 Championships in Santa Clara, California, earlier this month. (Contributed photo)

BIDC members Cammy Rouser, Henry Sauermann, Jackie Hellmers and coach Chris Miller competed at the USA Diving Summer Junior Region 10 Championships in Santa Clara, California, earlier this month.
(Contributed photo)

Three members of the Bainbridge Island Dive Club traveled to the 2014 USA Diving Summer Junior Region 10 Championships earlier this month in Santa Clara, California.

The meet is the first step towards qualifying for the national championships. The top 12 finishers qualify for zone championships, and the top finishers from zones qualify for nationals. Henry Sauermann of Bainbridge qualified for zones on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. Sauermann finished eighth in the 3M, under 11 category with a six-dive total of 114.75 points. He finished ninth in the 1M with a score of 113.65.

Former zones and national qualifier, Cammy Rouser of Kingston and Jackie Hellmers of Poulsbo also scored personal best reverse dives. Rouser, competing in the 14-15 year-old category finished 31st with 188.45 points in the 3M and 29th in the 1M with 213.10 points. Hellmers was 44th in the 1M with a score of 145.85.

The zone championships will be July 10-13 in Tucson, Arizona.


Nathan Adrian back for Santa Clara Invite

June 16th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Nathan Adrian has said that the Santa Clara Invite is one of his favorite events and it’s no surprise he’ll make do with some jet lag in order to race in his backyard.

Adrian, Bremerton’s Olympic champion who trains and lives in Berkeley, Calif., is coming off a great sweep of the sprint freestyle events at the Mare Nostrum series in Europe. Adrian went 6-for-6 in the 50 and 100 free in Monaco, France and Spain. Not a bad way to spend a week or so.

That being said, Nathan is all business when it comes to racing this week.

The Arena Grand Prix Series event runs Thursday-Sunday. Thursday’s timed finals are at 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday’s preliminaries are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.

Nathan is the top seed in the 100 free in 47.52 seconds, followed by Yannick Agnel of North Baltimore AC in 47.84. He’s seeded third in the 50 free in 21.47, behind top seed Anthony Ervin (21.42) and Brazil’s Bruno Fratis (21.45). The 100 is Friday and the 50 is Saturday.

Also, here’s a link to Team Speedo’s latest video on Nathan.

And, a story on Nathan and Janet Evans on the Make-A-Splash Initiative by the USA Swimming Foundation.

 


OAC says goodbye to long-time official, volunteer

June 14th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

I think Nick Giovanni should have been dubbed “Mr. Everything.”

He certainly did everything he could for the club during his 20-plus years volunteering for the swim club in Bremerton.

From seeing it through its transition from school-district sponsored team to USA Swimming club. Giovanni served as board president, board member, timer, official and bookkeeper.

On Saturday, Giovanni officially entered the world of retirement. You can read the story I wrote about that here. The photos are from former OAC age-group coach Bonnie Burmaster, who is good friends with Nick and his wife, Kathy.

Nick Giovanni is presented flowers during a ceremony honoring his 20 years of volunteerism for the Olympic Aquatic Club in Bremerton (Courtesy photo)

Nick Giovanni is presented flowers during a ceremony honoring his 20 years of volunteerism for the Olympic Aquatic Club in Bremerton
(Courtesy photo)

Here’s what board member and meet director Ed Hamilton wrote to me about Nick on Friday:

“As a non-profit group, as with most youth sports, OAC has to have volunteers involved with every part of our operation, and this isn’t limited to someone being on the pool deck for a swim meet.  Nick’s contribution to OAC has been in every part of the Club’s operation.  He has volunteered on our Board of Directors, he has handled the finances for a great number of years and, more visibly, he has volunteered for every job at our swim meets.

So, Nick’s experience and knowledge of swimming has been vital to OAC and the swimming community in Kitsap County.  While swimmers come and go, and parent volunteers come and go, Nick has been the resource on how to properly get things done.

I’ve been volunteering with OAC for over five years.  During that time I’ve served on the Board and helped at home swim meets.  For every one of those positions Nick is the person that I go to when I need a question answered or I need advice for getting something done.

Nick’s contribution to swimming goes well beyond OAC.  He has volunteered his on-deck abilities for high school swimming, to OAC and to other teams in our area who are holding events but don’t have a head referree available.  To put some perspective around his contribution it can be easily calculated that he spends 150 hours volunteering on a pool deck every year.  That’s equivalent of almost a month of working a full time job.  Add to that the efforts behind the scenes, that for many years far exceeded his on-deck time, for the last 20-plus years and you realise he has contributed a significant part of his life to this sport and to our community.

Nick will be missed by the swimming community.  Personally, I’ll miss his wisdom around the pool, I’ll miss hearing the stories of the swimmers over the years and I’ll especially miss him the next time I show up at the pool at 6 am and he isn’t there with the coffee.”

I don’t think anyone could have said it better.

Congratulations Nick and Kathy!!

Retiring Nick Giovanni receives flowers from swimmers during the OAC Summer Splash meet in Bremerton on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Retiring Nick Giovanni receives flowers from swimmers during the OAC Summer Splash meet in Bremerton on Saturday.
(Courtesy photo)


Nathan Adrian posts in-season best time at Mare Nostrum

June 14th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Nathan Adrian claimed his third 100 freestyle title in the final leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday.

Adrian, who has won five events so far in the three-city European tour, posted an in-season best time of 48.08 seconds. The time puts him third overall this year in the world behind Australians James Magnussen (47.59) and Cameron McAvoy (47.65). Hanser Garcia Hernandez of Cuba finished second in the event in 49.05 followed by Andrey Grechin of Russia in 49.14.

Next up is the 50 free. Nathan has won the other two splash-and-dash events in Monaco and France and will look to make it a clean sweep on Sunday.

Like I said before, I wouldn’t bet against him even if the field is as tight as it is.

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100 freestyle Saturday in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mare Nostrum series. (Rafael Domeyko, rafaeldomeyko.com)

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100 freestyle Saturday in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mare Nostrum series.
(Rafael Domeyko, rafaeldomeyko.com)


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

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