Nathan Adrian sweeps sprint freestyles on birthday

The now 25-year-old Nathan Adrian won the 100-yard freestyle at the 2013 Winter National Championships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday.

Adrian, Bremerton’s defending Olympic gold medalist in the event, celebrated his birthday with a win in 41.39 seconds. He holds the American record of 41.08 set in 2009. Adam Brown of the New York Athletic Club was second in 41.89 and fellow Olympic gold medalist (100 backstroke) Matt Grevers was third in 41.99.

Adrian was serenaded with the birthday song by the Knoxville crowd following his race. He won the 50 free on Thursday.