Nathan Adrian wins in Austin, sets pool record in 100 freeJanuary 18th, 2013 by Annette Griffus
Olympic champion Nathan Adrian swam a pool record in the 100-meter freestyle at the Austin Grand Prix Friday at the University of Texas.
Adrian blew away the rest of the field, to finish in 48.32 seconds. He broke Matt Biondi’s pool record, set at the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, of 48.42.
Ricky Berens finished second in 49.35 and Jimmy Feigen, the top seed from the morning preliminaries, was third in 50.01. It’s Adrian’s first 100 free since winning the gold medal in London last summer, ending a 24-year drought for American sprinters. Biondi was the last U.S. swimmer to win the gold in 1988.
Adrian earned $500 with the win. The meet is part of the Arena Grand Prix Series which includes $150,000 in prize money.
Adrian will swim in the 50 free Saturday.