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.

Junior Nationals at KCAC, Federal Way

I checked out the first couple days of the USA Swimming Junior Nationals online and so far haven’t seen any local swimmers competing.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out the meet if you have the chance. It continues through Saturday. Some of the top young talent will be in the pool and those kids are good at dropping times right and left. I wouldn’t be surprised if a national age-group record is set.

 

Results available from Divisional meet held at OAC

With the majority of our swimmers participating in the Pacific Northwest Division 4 meet at Olympic Aquatic Club last weekend, it would take me much too long to mention everyone. So, I’m going to hit on a few highlights and then tell you you can find the results at the pns.org website.

Several swimmers pulled down multiple wins. For girls, Kira Crane of Olympic Aquatic Club won the 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 Individual Medley in the 13 and over category. Jaine Macias of Port Angeles Swim Club won the 100 back, 200 fly and 200 IM while Carter Juskevich of PASC picked up wins in the 50 breast and 200 breast.

In the 11-12 category, Kira Ashmore of OAC won the 200 back and 100 fly.

For boys, Ian Stefanski of Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team earned wins in the 9-year-old 50 back and 50 breast. Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Collin Bushey was first in the 50 fly and 50 back in the 10-year-old category. In the 11-12, PPST’s Jesse Johnston won the 200 back and 100 back. And ross Burchell of OAC won the 50 breast and 100 IM in the 13 and over category.

Adrian makes it a clean sweep at nationals

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100-yard freestyle at the Winter Nationals Saturday to claim all three freestyle events at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greenboro, North Carolina.

Adrian set his second course-record of the meet and blew away the rest of the field with a time of 41.31 seconds. Second-place went to Anze Tavcar in 43.03, a full two seconds behind Adrian. Josh Fleagle placed third in 43.09.

Adrian holds the American record in 41.08. He also won the 50 free on Thursday and the 200 free on Friday.

Adrian wins first career 200 free title at nationals

For the first time in his career, Nathan Adrian won the 200-yard freestyle at the Winter Nationals Friday at Greensboro, North Carolina. It was the Bremerton Olympic champion’s debut in the event. Adrian specializes in the sprints (50 and 100).

Adrian won in a personal-best time of 1 minute, 32.83. Michael Wynalda of Grandville, Michigan, was second in 1:33.95 while Josh Fleagle (St. Mary’s, Ohio) finished third in 1:34.33.

“That was a lot more of what I think that I need to be versus where I was about two weeks ago,” Adrian said. “I swam a lot more of my own race that time and I was happy about that.”

Adrian won the 50 free title on Thursday and will swim in the 100 free event on Saturday.

IOC confirms swimming finals will be late night for Rio 2016

As with everything these days, money talks and NBC wants the finals competition of swimming and beach volleyball to be on during primetime of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Whether or not that’s good for the athletes is of little concern to NBC, the International Olympic Committee or FINA. the IOC confirmed Friday that the finals for both of the popular events in the upcoming Games will run from 10 p.m.-midnight (Rio local time, about seven hours ahead of Pacific time) while beach volleyball may not start until after midnight.

That means there will be 13 hours between the typical morning sessions (now afternoon) and the evening sessions. That takes a toll on swimmers with the longer wait time. I mean, you can only nap and eat for so long.

Glad to hear at least someone (officials with the Australian Olympic Committee) protested the obvious pressure by NBC toward the IOC.

Here’s the story from Associated Press writer Stephen Wilson;

MONACO — Swimmers and beach volleyball players will be competing in the midnight hour at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Olympic Committee and Brazilian organizers confirmed Friday that the competition schedule includes late-night sessions in the two sports — swimming finals running from 10 p.m. local time to midnight, and some beach volleyball matches starting at midnight on Copacabana Beach.

The times are geared toward NBC’s night-time coverage in the United States, as well as Brazilian TV’s tradition of showing sports events at late hours. Rio will be one hour ahead of U.S. eastern time during the games.

“The Olympic Games are a global event that is seen around the world and the schedule has to work around the world to give the best showcase for each sport,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “It’s quite a balance. They seem to have reached a conclusion that suits everybody.”

The IOC executive board also praised Rio’s progress in tackling the delays that had put the Olympics at risk a few months ago, saying the crisis has eased but that there still is no time to lose with the games less than two years away.

“I’m 100 percent confident that we will get the venues that we need ready in time,” said the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi. “There is nothing today where we say, ‘Whoa, this test event is at risk’, or, for that matter, the games.”

Putting together the sports competition timetable for an Olympics is always a challenge of meeting requests of broadcasters and sports federations. The International Association of Athletics Federations announced this month that it will hold some Rio track-and-field finals in the morning for the first time since 1988.

Swimming and beach volleyball, meanwhile, are going for late-night competition.

Australian Olympic Committee officials have objected to holding the swimming finals so late, complaining that the move was taken under pressure from U.S. broadcasters and would mean some medals would be decided after midnight.

Swimming governing body FINA and other officials said the following day’s heats will be moved from the usual morning hours to 1 p.m., meaning swimmers will have 13 hours between sessions.

“We need to organize a schedule that the television asks, together with the international federations,” Rio organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman said. “They decided with us. We have no problems with this. It will be good for the athletes.”

Rio’s overall preparations for the Olympics reached a crisis stage in May when sports federations and the IOC voiced concerns that the games were in jeopardy because of chronic delays.

The IOC introduced special measures, including assigning veteran administrator Gilbert Felli to work with organizers in Brazil.

While concerns remain over pollution in the Rio bay that will host sailing events, delays in construction of the main broadcast center and legal wrangling over the golf course, the IOC said the situation has much improved.

IOC vice president John Coates of Australia, who a few months ago publicly called Rio’s preparations the “worst” he had ever experienced, told the Brazilians on Friday that “great progress had been made,” Adams said.

“There are 20 months to go and we are in that phase with all games, less than two years to go, when it’s really about delivery now,” Adams said.

On Saturday, the IOC board will review preparations for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where a dispute over construction costs has raised concerns about the project.

The two-day board meeting in Monaco comes ahead of a two-day session of the full IOC that will vote on President Thomas Bach’s 40-point reform program, including changes to the bidding process and sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel.

Adrian sets course record in defense of national title

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian successfully defended his 50-yard freestyle title on Thursday at the Winter Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Adrian, the American record-holder in the event in 18.66 seconds, touched the wall in 18.81 — a course record — to beat Simonas Bilis in 19.28. Eric McGinnis was third in 19.37. It was Adrian’s fifth fastest-time ever.

Adrian will also swim in the 100 free on Saturday, an event he also won last year.

Young Kerns breaks 40-year-old Bremerton Y records

Brendan Kerns, 10, who swims for the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team set his 17th and 18th team records at the November Age Group Invite at the Curtis High School pool last weekend.

Kerns broke Chuck Talcott’s 41-year record in the 50-yard breastroke in 39.10 seconds and the 50 butterfly record in 32.78, which had been held by Kenny Smith from 1977 in 32.90.

According to Greg Mackem, the assistant aquatics director for YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, “there have been no other swimmers on the team since it was reformed almost four years ago that have broken records which stood as long as those, nor have any swimmers set as many team records as Brendan.”

YMCA teammate Valencia Tang nearly broke the team record in the 50 fly. Her time of 30.71 was just off the record of 30.59, set in 1984 by Julie Richardson, who was a standout at Olympic High and Puget sound Swim club.

Also, I’ll note that Kerns is listed among the top 25 for his age group in the Pacific Northwest in the 50 breaststroke, the 100 breast, the 50 butterfly, and the 100 fly.

Adrian, Ledecky highlight winter nationals

Gold medalists Nathan Adrian and Katie Ledecky will compete at USA Swimming’s winter nationals at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina next week.

More than 800 swimmers are expected to participate in the meet, Dec. 3-6. Prelims are at 6 a.m. Pacific with finals at 2 p.m. Also expected to join Adrian and Ledecky are Andrew Gemmell, Connor Jaeger, Cullen Jones and Micah Lawrence.

Adrian holds the American record in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. He is coming off a Golden Goggles appearance where he was nominated along with his teammates for relay performance of the year in the 400 medley relay from the Pan Pacific Championships.
Ledecky won three Golden Goggles Monday in New York.

A live webcast of the meet can be found at usaswimming.org.

Also, here’s extra footage from Nathan at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis where he talks about his 200 free race strategy. And, how he felt about his 50 free time.

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.