Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian wins another national title

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian got off to a shaky start but turned on the speed in the second 25-yards and won the 50-yard freestyle at the 2013 winter nationals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday.

The Bremerton native touched the wall in 18.89 seconds, off his American record of 18.66. Josh Schneider of the New York Athletic Club was second in 19.07 and Adam Brown, also of the NYAC, was third in 19.13. Adrian’s Olympics teammate Matt Grevers, and 100 backstroke gold medalist, was fourth in 19.24. Cullen Jones won the consolation finals in 19.37.

Adrian won the long-course meter 50 and 100 freestyles at the 2011 winter nationals. He now has a combined six national championships.

“I know I didn’t hit my start quite that great, but I made up for it with a decent turn and decent finish,” Adrian said in a post-race online interview with NBC.

Adrian will be back in the pool on Saturday, his 25th birthday.

Asked what turning 25 means to him, Adrian said, “I can now rent a car.”