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Bremerton’s Adrian, Kirk win US Masters titles

May 2nd, 2014 by Annette Griffus
Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. (Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com via swimswam.com)

Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com via swimswam.com)

A week after winning two individual titles at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday.

Adrian touched the wall in 18.78 seconds in the 25-29 category, just off the national record of 18.67 by Fred Bousquet of France in February 2010. He also helped The Olympic Club win the 200 medley relay in 1:26.71, along with Cal training partner Anthony Ervin and Andrew Saeta and Nolan Koon.

Nathan wasn’t the only Bremerton native to pick up a national title in the short-course yards meet.

Already the owner of numerous junior, national and collegiate swimming titles as well as winning the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 butterfly, you can add U.S. Masters national champion to Dana Kirk’s resume too.

Kirk won the 100 butterfly in 54.03 in the 25-29 category. She was also third in the 50 free in 24.00. Katherine Raatz won in 23.40.

Kirk is slated to swim the 100 freestyle Saturday, as is Nathan. He is seeded first while Dana is seeded sixth.

You can also read what Swimming World Magazine had to say about the onslaught of the national record books after the first full day of competition.

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