Adrian wins 100 free at Mesa Grand Prix

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Mesa Grand Prix.

Adrian led a fast first 50 meters and held off South Africa’s Roland Schoeman in 48.23 seconds. Adrian led by half a body length at the turn and pulled away from Schoeman, who touched the wall in 49.39, followed by North Baltimore’s Conor Dwyer in 49.57. Ryan Lochte of SwimMAC Carolina was fourth in 49.68.

Adrian said in an online post-race interview that he was pleased with the time, but is always looking to move forward.

“The goal is always to go best time,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to go pretty fast so Iv’e got to put together a pretty good one to do that.”

Adrian will swim the 50 free Friday. Prelims are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.