Nathan Adrian qualifies for 50 free finals

Nathan Adrian will swim in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle after posting the third fastest qualifying time from Friday’s semifinals at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Adrian, the defending Olympic champion in the 100 free from Bremerton, tied with Brazil’s Cesar Cielo for fist in their heat in 21.60 seconds. Cal teammate and 2000 Olympic champion Anthony Ervin narrowly missed the American record in 21.42 to qualify second. The AR is 21.40 by Cullen Jones at the 2009 worlds. Defending Olympic champion and top seed Florent Manaudou finished with a time of 21.37.

The remaining qualifiers include France’s Fred Bousquet (21.62), Vlad Morozov (21.63), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (21.67) and Trinidad’s George Bovell (21.74).

Australia’s James Magnussen, the world champion in the 100 free, did not qualify for the 50 finals, touching the wall in 21.79 in ninth.