Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lochte moving west to California

Olympic champion Ryan Lochte announced at the Mesa Grand Prix Saturday night that he would indeed be moving from Gainesville, Fla., to California sometime this summer.

Lochte, who had hinted at the move following the London Olympics but backed off that statement, told SwimSwam that the move to either Southern Californa (USC) or Northern California (California Aquatics) would depend on if his reality show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” gets picked up for a second season.

WWRLD airs April 21st on E!.

Here’s a link to the video and story.


Nathan Adrian sweeps freestyles at Mesa Grand Prix

For the second time in two days Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian powered to a win at the Arena Grand Prix swimming meet in Mesa, Ariz., at the Skyline Aquatic Center, Friday evening.

Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle in the third-fastest time in the world this year — 21.72 seconds. Anthony Ervin finished second in 22.31 and Joseph Hale was third in 22.85.

Adrian is the Olympic champion in the 100 free and won that event Thursday — it was also the third-fastest time in the world this year in 48.42. Adrian said Thursday his training has been inconsistent the last couple of weeks as he traveled to Indianapolis to cheer on his alma mater, California Berkeley, and attend Matt Grevers’ wedding.

“It was a good race,” Adrian said in a post-race online interview, adding he was “glad to come here and throw up a couple decent times.”

Adrian said the key to the 50 is maintaining his long stroke through to the end.

“Surprisingly enough, even in 21 seconds I can get pretty tired,” he said.

Up next for Adrian will be the Grand Prix meet in Santa Clara, Calif., May 31-June 2, followed by the World Swimming trials in June. The World Championships are July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adrian second seed in 50 free after prelims at Mesa Grand Prix

Nathan Adrian will have a chance for a sweep in the sprint freestyles later today after he finished as the second-fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle at the Arena Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

Adrian touched the wall in 22.61 seconds in the second-to-last heat. California teammate Anthony Ervin won the final heat to earn the No. 1 seed in 22.34. Matt Grevers was third in 23.25.

The finals begin at 5 p.m. and can be viewed via livestream at

Video interview: Nathan Adrian on 100 free GP win

In case you missed it, Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., Thursday night.

SwimmingWorldTV’s Jeff Commings caught up with the Olympic champion after his race to talk about his win. He hasn’t lost a 100-meter race since the 2011 Worlds, when he finished sixth. That’s going on two years.

Here’s the link to the video.


2016 Olympic Trials cities narrowed to three

The list of cities hoping to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials narrowed by one this week.

Greensboro, N.C., dropped out of the running, leaving Omaha, Neb. (site of the 2008 and 2012 trials), St. Louis and San Antonio in the mix.

While no specific reason was given for the city’s withdrawl, the Greensboro Aquatic Center hosted the YMCA Short Course Nationals last week and has hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, synchronized swimming, Masters and sectional meets.

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.

Kirk sisters hosting swim clinic in Palo Alto

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics-DKS coach Dana Kirk is hosting her second Women in Coaching Clinic at the Far Western Championships, Friday-Saturday, at Stanford University.

Kirk, a 2004 Olympian from Bremerton, will be joined by her sister, fellow 2004 Olympian and silver medalist Tara Kirk Sell. Kirk Sell will be speaking on how high school swimmers can make the transition from high school to college, and then college to becoming a professional swimmer.

Also headlining the clinic will be Rachel Stratton-Mills, one of only three female coaches to be have an athlete on the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, as well as the only female coach to have a swimmer on the U.S. National team and the U.S. National Youth team.

Former PASA coach Stephanie Fryberg, Dr. Susan Wood (former lacrosse coach) and Glenn Mills of will also be speaking at the clinic.

You can see a video of Dana talking about the clinic here.

Nathan Adrian tops 100 free prelim field at Arena GP in Mesa

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian was the top qualifier in the 100-yard freestyle Thursday morning at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz.

Adrian finished with a time of 49.68 seconds. Ricky Berens of Longhorns Aquatics, and Olympic teammate, was second in 50.09 while Darian Townsend of Tucson Ford rounded out the top three spots (50.25.

Also making tonight’s finals were the recently-married Matt Grevers (he and Annie Chandler were married in San Antonio last weekend) and Adrian’s Cal teammate Anthony Ervin.

The finals are at 5 p.m. and can be viewed live here.

Olympic champion Aaron Peirsol partnering with Arena GP

Five-time Olympic backstroke champion Aaron Peirsol has partnered with swim manufacturer Arena North America to provide opportunities for youth swimmers in host cities of the Arena Grand Prix.

The Arena Grand PrixView Featuring Aaron Peirsol kicks off in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday. The event offers local youth swimmers the chance to compete in the GP pool alongside Peirsol and guest, four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans.

Rowdy Gaines will be the emcee of the event.

At each event, Peirsol will speak with swimmers, ages 8 to 12, and their parents. The swimmers will compete in a relay race with Peirsol and Evans, just prior to the final session. The swimmers, all 150, will sit in a special section and watch the finals session and have a chance to get photos, autographs and dinner with Peirsol, Evans and Gaines. Of the 150, 23 will swim in the relay. They were chosen prior to the event based on their swim club attendance this season.

“When Arena approached me with the opportunity to reach youth swimmers across the nation, I was extremely energized,” said Peirsol. “I know I speak for much for the U.S. National Team when I say that we recognize the importance of encouraging and perpetuating the love of the sport, and I hope an experience like the Arena Grand PrixView will positively impact kids across the nation. We all need to remember why we fell in love with this sport, and I hope I can help send that message through this event series.”