Nathan Adrian adds to medal haul in Rio

Nathan Adrian reacts after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Nathan Adrian reacts after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his third medal at the Rio Olympics on Friday when he finished with a bronze in the 50-meter freestyle in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Adrian touched the wall in 21.49 seconds. U.S. teammate Anthony Ervin won the gold in 21.40 and France’s Florent Manaudou, who won gold in 2012, earned the silver in 21.41.
Adrian won a gold medal on Sunday anchoring the 4×100 free relay and then won a bronze in the 100 freestyle in Wednesday.

He will swim in the 4×100 medley relay at 6 p.m. on Saturday and look to earn his fourth medal.

Here’s how to watch;

TV: CBC (live), NBC 8 p.m. (tape delay)

Online: NBCOlympics.com, NBCSportsExtra app

Nathan Adrian into Friday’s 50 free finals

Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nathan Adrian (USA) after the men's 50m freestyle semifinal in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nathan Adrian (USA) after the men’s 50m freestyle semifinal in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 50 freestyle Thursday at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian finished second in his semifinal heat to defending gold medalist Florent Manaudou of France. Manaudou touched the wall in 21.32 and Adrian in 21.47.

This is the first Olympic 50 free Adrian will swim as he didn’t qualify in the event in 2008 or 2012, when he was favored to do so.

Joining him will be U.S. teammate, and former California teammate, Anthony Ervin who finished tied for first in the second semifinal with Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov in 21.46.

Nathan Adrian qualifies for 50 free semifinals

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Coming off his bronze-medal finish in the 100 freestyle late Wednesday night in Rio, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won his heat in the 50 freestyle Thursday morning to qualify for tonight’s semifinals.

Adrian touched the wall in 21.61 seconds, out-touching teammate Anthony Ervin in 21.63.

The evening session starts at 6 p.m. It can be seen live on CBC locally, on nbcolympics.com or on tape delay on NBC at 8 p.m.

Nathan Adrian earns bronze in 100 free

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men's 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men’s 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton earned a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle on Wednesday evening, in 47.85 seconds at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian was trying to become the first American to win back-to-back golds in the sprint event since Johnny Weismuller did it in 1924-28.

“I feel great about getting another medal, man. No doubt,” he said. “To be able to look at the side of the block and see that there’s lights there. It’s what you work for. It would be great to have gold, but in this day and age in the 100 freestyle’s maybe the most fickle event out there.”

It’s Adrian’s second medal of the games, he anchored the 4×100 free relay on Sunday to a win, and his sixth career Olympic medal. Adrian was out-touched at the wall by gold medalist Kyle Chalmers in 47.58 and Belgium’s  Pieter Timmers in 47.80 for silver.

Adrian said he believed he was able to swim his own race.

“I did. I was next to a couple of guys who come home really fast,” he said. “In a pool this small, there’s no getting away from that.”

He will swim Thursday morning in the preliminaries in the 50 freestyle with the semifinals at 6 p.m.

Nathan Adrian earns chance to defend 100 free gold

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian didn’t leave any doubt this time.

After just barely making the semifinals by .03 seconds in 16th place, Adrian won the first semifinal heat in 47.83 to beat out Australia’s Kyle Chalmers in 47.93.

The 100 free finals is at 6 p.m. Wednesday locally.

Here’s how to watch: NBCOlympics.com (live), CBC (live, 3-8 p.m.), NBCSportsExtra app for smartphone/tablet (live), NBC highlight show (tape delay, 8 p.m.)

 

 

Nathan Adrian makes semis…barely

It would have been a major upset in Olympic swimming if the reigning 100 freestyle champion failed to qualify for the semifinals, but Nathan Adrian managed to squeak into tonight’s semis in 16th place.

Adrian, coming off a gold-medal performance Sunday as part of the 4×100 free relay, finished last in his preliminary heat in 48.58 seconds. Teammate Caeleb Dressel also made the semis with the second fastest time in 47.91. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers was the fastest qualifier in 47.90.

Adrian wasn’t too concerned and spoke to swimswam.com following his morning’s race.

“It was alright, feeling a little rusty this morning, trying to get back into the meet after a pretty late night the other night. It doesn’t affect anything really, you’re swimming for a lane, and tonight is going to be the same thing, we’re swimming for a lane. Actually, I’m pretty happy to get an outside lane, it’s always nice to get a little clean water, so looking forward to it tonight.”

Tonight’s session can be viewed live online at nbcolympics.com or on CBC locally starting at 6 p.m.

NBC is showing a highlight, tape delayed broadcast that includes swimming that starts about 7 p.m.

Adrian starts 2016 Olympics with relay gold

United States' Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
United States’ Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian dominated the anchor leg of the highly-anticipated 400 freestyle relay Sunday night at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian’s split time of 46.97 helped Team USA to gold in a time of 3:09.92 to beat out France, 3:10.53, and Australia 3:11.37.

The win also gives Michael Phelps his 19th gold of his career. Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel earned their first relay wins.

Bainbridge water polo club competes at Junior Olympics

Bainbridge Island Water Polo Club's 14U team competed in the Junior Olympics tournament last month at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Bainbridge Island Water Polo Club’s 14U team competed in the Junior Olympics tournament last month at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

The Bainbridge Island Water Polo Club finished 11th in the Classic Division Bronze bracket at the Junior Olympics tournament last month in Northern California.

The club, which competed in the 14-year-old and under division, went 4-4 and included an exciting shootout in which Bainbridge goalkeeper Sky Baird made five saves and Hans Eineborg and Maxwell Eyrich scored.

Team members are Baird, Thomas Defawe, Maxwell Eyrich, Hans Eineborg, Clay Jablonski, Nathaniel Lapin, Gabriel Nathan, Brian Defoe, Oskar Bannister, Travis McCoy, Marshall Whittlesey, Oliver Mortell, Jacques Defawe, David Burton. Coaches are Kristin Gellert and Mei-Lin Cooper.

Game scores were; Pacific Polo A 17, Bainbridge 5; Northern CA Aquatics 11, Bainbridge 9; Bainbridge 12, Atwater Merced 10; Bainbridge 12, Napa Premier 7; Bainbridge 6, Royal 559 Red B 4; Capital DC 13, Bainbridge 8; Trojan Gold B 8, Bainbridge 7; Bainbridge 10, Viper Pigeon North 9.

Adrian to participate in Swim Across America in memory of friend, teammate

When Nathan Adrian returns from the Rio Olympics, he will have one more swim to complete although this one will likely be more emotional.

Adrian will participate in the Swim Across America for his friend and former California teammate Matt Benoit, who lost his battle with Ewings sarcoma in April. He was 28. Benoit was a 2006 graduate of Kennedy Catholic in Burien and California (2010, legal studies) and was a state champion in the 100 backstroke as well as a three-time All-American and USA Swimming Academic All-American.

Benoit was training to swim in the SAA event, slated for September 10 along the shores of  Lake Washington at Luther Burbank Park in Mercer Island.  Olympic swimmers started the event, and Bremerton’s Dana Kirk Martin and Bainbridge’s Emily Silver have both swam to raise funds. This is the eighth year it’s been held locally and monies raised primarily goes to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Last year the event raised more than $276,000 in support of immunotherapy research and pancreatic cancer treatment.

Adrian named one of six Team USA captains

Nathan Adrian smiles after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Nathan Adrian smiles after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was selected by his Olympic peers on Tuesday as one of six captains to head Team USA as they prepare for the Rio Games in a matter of weeks.

Adrian was selected as a captain along with Michael Phelps and Anthony Ervin for the men’s team. On the women’s side, captains are Cammile Adams, Elizabeth Beisel and Allison Schmitt. The team is training in San Antonio this week before heading to Atlanta for more training and then to Brazil.

Adrian is not the first Bremerton swimmer to be named a team captain. That honor goes to Tara Kirk Sell who was named for the women’s team for the 2004 Athens Games.