Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle Saturday at the Arena
Pro Swim Series event in Austin, Texas, giving him the overall
series lead and a sweep of the sprint distances.
Adrian out-distanced the rest of the field coming in at the
finish in 21.85 seconds. Bruno Fratus of Brazil was second in 22.07
while Jimmy Feigen was third in 22.27. Up-and-coming teen sensation
Michael Andrew was fourth in 22.33.
“I felt stronger on that swim than I did last night,” Adrian
said in an online post-race interview.
Adrian laughed when the announcer said it seemed like he could
go a sub-22 second anytime he felt like it.
“Anytime might be a little bit of an overstatement,” he
Adrian said the buildup to the 2016 Olympic trials can be felt
at each meet.
“With all these amazing swims going on, it just makes you jump
on that train,” he said. “It’s a fun, light and fast atmosphere
Nathan Adrian is set to return to the water later this week
winning the 100 freestyle at the National Championships last month
in Federal Way.
In the first meet of the Olympic year, Adrian is schedule to
swim at the Arena Pro Swim series at Austin, Texas, Friday-Sunday.
The 100 free is Friday and the 50 free is Saturday. Adrian is
seeded third in the 100 free in 48.05, behind Vladimir Morozov
(47.98) and Santo Condorelli (47.98). Adrian is seeded first in the
50 free in 21.37 seconds.
Adrian is currently tied for second with Chase Kalisz in the
chase for the overall title with 10 points. Conor Dwyer is the
overall leader with 13 points. The overall male and female winners
earn $10,000. At each meet, winners in all Olympic events earn
$1,000, $600 for second and $200 for third.
More than 70 members of the U.S. swim team will be competing.
Prelims are at 7 a.m. and finals are at 4 p.m. A live webcast of
the meet will be available at usaswimming.org.
The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team will be hosting the 3rd edition of
the Snowman Invitational on Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
The meet includes YMCA teams from throughout the Greater Puget
Sound Area, ages 5-18, at the Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center. The
Bremerton team hosts about 6-8 meets a year, but this meet has been
the most popular and typically draws about 400-500 people, said
Greg Mackem, assistant aquatics director for the Bremerton Family
“The Snowman Invitational has been especially popular because it
fields good competition, maintains meet records and often draws
many former alumni of the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team.
Sad news for everyone in the swimming community … This story
from the Associated Press’s Jennifer Kay adds more to the story of
a Dartmouth College swimmer who died while trying to complete four
MIAMI (AP) — A Dartmouth College swimmer who died at a
YMCA pool had been trying to complete four laps underwater without
surfacing to breathe when he went into distress, according to a
sheriff’s office report released Monday.
Tate Ramsden, 21, of Nashville, Tennessee, was pronounced dead
at the Sarasota pool after lifeguards and emergency medical
personnel could not revive him, according to the Sarasota County
Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Ramsden was at the pool Saturday with his sister, uncle and a
“Tate had been swimming laps in the pool for some time and I was
told he had swam approximately 4,000 yards before practicing his
underwater swimming techniques,” Officer Douglas Stidham wrote in
the report. “It is believed he was likely attempting to complete a
‘100’ which is four laps across the pool without surfacing for
At some point, Ramsden’s sister and cousin noticed that he was
not moving underwater, and they alerted lifeguards who removed him
from the pool, Stidham wrote.
Water and blood came from Ramsden’s nose and mouth throughout
the attempts to revive him, according to the report.
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
Ramsden swam for Dartmouth as a freshman and sophomore. He
was scheduled to graduate from the school in Hanover, New
Hampshire, in 2017.
In an email Sunday evening to students and
faculty, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon wrote
that Ramsden’s family has planned a memorial service next weekend
“We have been in touch with Tate’s family to share our deepest
sympathies with them at this time of heartbreaking loss,” Hanlon
A message left for Ramsden’s sister was not immediately
returned, and a person who answered the phone number listed for
Ramsden’s mother hung up on an Associated Press reporter.
“He was a great kid. He truly was a pleasure to have around all
the time,” said John Morse, the head coach at the Nashville Aquatic
Club, where Ramsden swam for many years. “He was witty with a dry
sense of humor, had a great intellect — an accomplished swimmer and
a wonderful teammate.”
Associated Press writer Travis Loller in Nashville, Tennessee,
contributed to this report.
The TV rebroadcast of the Duel in the Pool will be aired
Saturday on NBC at 4 p.m.
This isn’t a spoiler for anyone who is a swimming fan since I
wrote about it extensively late last week. Nathan Adrian won both
the 50 and 100 freestyle races as Team USA beat the European
But, in case you weren’t able to watch the lifestream, you can
watch the tape delayed version this Saturday.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian helped Team USA keep its unbeaten
record intact as it won its
seventh Duel in the Pool on Saturday at Indianapolis, Indiana,
155 to 107.
“But really, it was an incredible job done by pretty much
everyone around,” Adrian said of the U.S. effort. “We won a lot of
close races and if those wouldn’t have gone our way, this meet
would be completely different and it could be the other way
“Hats off to the people that got their hand on the wall (first)
and the score shows it.”
Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle in the short-course meter
event that billed some of the top American swimmers versus some of
the best swimmers from Europe. Adrian touched the wall in the 50 in
20.95 seconds. His win gave the U.S. a 139-91 lead and clinched the
“I certainly knew that I didn’t want to be part of the first
team that ever lost this so, you know, glad to not do that,” Adrian
Adrian then teamed with Matt Grevers, Josh Schneider, Michael
Chadwick, to win the 4×100 freestyle relay in 3:05.42.
On Friday, Adrian won the 100 free in 46.57 seconds. Adrian
jumped out to a quick lead and was under world-record pace at the
50 split in 21.68. Josh Schneider finished second in 46.66 and
Vladimir Morozov of Russia was third in 46.68. Adrian also anchored
the men’s 4×100 medley relay team, which included Matt Grevers,
Kevin Cordes and Tom Shields, to an American record in 3:20.91.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his sixth 50-meter freestyle
national title on Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center in
On the first night of the U.S. Winter Nationals, Adrian was just
one of several Olympic champions who competed. Michael Phelps,
Allison Schmitt, Conor Dwyer and Maya DiRado all pocketed gold
You can check out what Phelps had to say about his race
from the press conference here. He and coach Bob Bowman ate every
lunch and dinner at Mitzel’s Restaurant in Kent when they were here
15 years ago.
“Bob and I pretty much had the same meal everyday,” he said. “It
was meatloaf, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy and a
bowl of clam chowder. Had the same thing yesterday (Wednesday).
It’s still just the same, it’s just as good.
“I was talking to some of the waitresses there and they were
saying that it’s the last one. They expanded and came down to their
last one and they went back to their roots of real, genuine
home-cooking. That’s what I remembered most from going there and it
was literally exactly the same meal that I had 15 years ago. It was
very, very good. And then desserts are amazing.”
The pool holds a special place in Phelps’ heart as this is where
his life changed when he broke 2 minutes in the 200 fly and his
legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time was sealed. Six months
after that, he made his first Olympic team.
“Bob and I relived some memories by going to Mitzel’s,” he said.
“It was kind of here where it started. That’s when everything kind
of took off … I’ve enjoyed this pool.”