Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian wins 100 free at Mesa Grand Prix

Bremerton’s Olympic champion, Nathan Adrian, won the 100-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix swimming meet on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz.

Adrian touched the wall in 48.42 seconds — more than half a body length ahead of runner-up Olympic teammate Ricky Berens. Berens finished in 49.06.

Adrian’s time was the third fastest in the world for 2013. I also did some research following the win, and I believe that Nathan has not lost a 100 free since finishing sixth at the World Championships in July of 2011. He withdrew from the 100 free at the U.S. nationals due to fatigue from worlds and the winter nationals last year because of an injury to a finger.

Adrian said in a post-race online interview that he was happy with his race, especially the start.

“That’s actually one of the things we’ve been working on,” he said, “use that start to carry the speed (to the end).”

Adrian said it was fun having three fellow Olympians make the final — Matt Grevers, Anthony Ervin and Berens.

Next up for Adrian will be the 50 free prelims Friday morning.