After traveling across three countries in less than two
weeks and then returning to the West Coast and winning the
100-meter freestyle on Friday, Nathan Adrian scratched the 50 free
on Saturday at the Santa Clara Invitational Grand Prix.
Adrian, the Bremerton native and Olympic champion, pulled
out of the sprint event in the morning, leaving the door wide open
for the rest of the field. Adrian’s coach, Dave Durden,
told swimmingworldmagazine.com it was a good time to
give him a break after he swam nine 50s in nine days.
Adrian swam in the Mare Nostrum Series, sweeping both the 50 and
100 free events in the three-city tour.
Bruno Fratus of Brazil, who ranks second in the world, won the
50 free at Santa Clara in 21.45 seconds. Adrian is the fifth-ranked
swimmer in the world with a 21.66 and it looked like the pair were
going to go head-to-head from start to finish until Adrian pulled
out. California’s Anthony Ervin was second followed by NYAC’s Josh
Schneider in third.
Up next will be the U.S. Summer Nationals Aug 6-10 in Irvine,
California, which is also the selection meet for the Pan Pacific
Championships later in August in Australia.
Any thought Nathan Adrian would be hurting because of his
transcontinental jet lag, guess again.
Adrian, the Bremerton native and multiple Olympic gold medalist,
won the 100-meter freestyle by a half-body length over Michael
Phelps at the Santa Clara Invitational, an Arena Grand Prix meet,
Friday evening. Adrian won in 48.17 seconds, just off the 48.08 he
posted in the Mare Nostrum Series that had him in Monaco, France
and Spain the last two weeks.
Three members of the Bainbridge Island Dive Club traveled to the
2014 USA Diving Summer Junior Region 10 Championships earlier this
month in Santa Clara, California.
The meet is the first step towards qualifying for the national
championships. The top 12 finishers qualify for zone championships,
and the top finishers from zones qualify for nationals. Henry
Sauermann of Bainbridge qualified for zones on both the 1-meter and
3-meter springboards. Sauermann finished eighth in the 3M, under 11
category with a six-dive total of 114.75 points. He finished ninth
in the 1M with a score of 113.65.
Former zones and national qualifier, Cammy Rouser of Kingston
and Jackie Hellmers of Poulsbo also scored personal best reverse
dives. Rouser, competing in the 14-15 year-old category finished
31st with 188.45 points in the 3M and 29th in the 1M with 213.10
points. Hellmers was 44th in the 1M with a score of 145.85.
The zone championships will be July 10-13 in Tucson,
Nathan Adrian has said that the Santa Clara Invite is one of his
favorite events and it’s no surprise he’ll make do with some jet
lag in order to race in his backyard.
Adrian, Bremerton’s Olympic champion who trains and lives in
Berkeley, Calif., is coming off a great sweep of the sprint
freestyle events at the Mare Nostrum series in Europe. Adrian went
6-for-6 in the 50 and 100 free in Monaco, France and Spain. Not a
bad way to spend a week or so.
That being said, Nathan is all business when it comes to racing
The Arena Grand Prix Series event runs Thursday-Sunday.
Thursday’s timed finals are at 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday’s preliminaries
are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.
Nathan is the top seed in the 100 free in 47.52 seconds,
followed by Yannick Agnel of North Baltimore AC in 47.84. He’s
seeded third in the 50 free in 21.47, behind top seed Anthony Ervin
(21.42) and Brazil’s Bruno Fratis (21.45). The 100 is Friday and
the 50 is Saturday.
I think Nick Giovanni should have been dubbed “Mr.
He certainly did everything he could for the club during his
20-plus years volunteering for the swim club in Bremerton.
From seeing it through its transition from school-district
sponsored team to USA Swimming club. Giovanni served as board
president, board member, timer, official and bookkeeper.
On Saturday, Giovanni officially entered the world of
retirement. You can read the story I wrote about that
here. The photos are from former OAC age-group coach
Bonnie Burmaster, who is good friends with Nick and his wife,
Here’s what board member and meet director Ed Hamilton wrote to
me about Nick on Friday:
“As a non-profit group, as with most youth sports, OAC has to
have volunteers involved with every part of our operation, and this
isn’t limited to someone being on the pool deck for a swim
meet. Nick’s contribution to OAC has been in every part of
the Club’s operation. He has volunteered on our Board of
Directors, he has handled the finances for a great number of years
and, more visibly, he has volunteered for every job at our swim
So, Nick’s experience and knowledge of swimming has been vital
to OAC and the swimming community in Kitsap County. While
swimmers come and go, and parent volunteers come and go, Nick has
been the resource on how to properly get things done.
volunteering with OAC for over five years. During that time
I’ve served on the Board and helped at home swim meets. For
every one of those positions Nick is the person that I go to when I
need a question answered or I need advice for getting something
contribution to swimming goes well beyond OAC. He has
volunteered his on-deck abilities for high school swimming, to OAC
and to other teams in our area who are holding events but don’t
have a head referree available. To put some perspective
around his contribution it can be easily calculated that he spends
150 hours volunteering on a pool deck every year. That’s
equivalent of almost a month of working a full time job. Add
to that the efforts behind the scenes, that for many years far
exceeded his on-deck time, for the last 20-plus years and you
realise he has contributed a significant part of his life to this
sport and to our community.
be missed by the swimming community. Personally, I’ll miss
his wisdom around the pool, I’ll miss hearing the stories of the
swimmers over the years and I’ll especially miss him the next time
I show up at the pool at 6 am and he isn’t there with the
Nathan Adrian claimed his third 100 freestyle title in the final
leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday.
Adrian, who has won five events so far in the three-city
European tour, posted an in-season best time of 48.08 seconds. The
time puts him third overall this year in the world behind
Australians James Magnussen (47.59) and Cameron McAvoy (47.65).
Hanser Garcia Hernandez of Cuba finished second in the event in
49.05 followed by Andrey Grechin of Russia in 49.14.
Next up is the 50 free. Nathan has won the other two
splash-and-dash events in Monaco and France and will look to make
it a clean sweep on Sunday.
Like I said before, I wouldn’t bet against him even if the field
is as tight as it is.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will look to finish off the final
sprint freestyle events with two more victories in the Mare Nostrum
Series Saturday and Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.
Adrian, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, has won the first
two legs of the three-city European swimming meet, sweeping the 50
and 100 freestyles in Monte Carlo and Canet, France. Adrian is
seeded second in the 100 free in 47.84 seconds, behind Russia’s
Andrey Grechin in 47.59.
The 50 free is tight, with Florent Manaudou coming in as the top
seed in 21.34, followed by Anthony Ervin in 21.42 and Adrian in
21.47. Cullen Jones is seeded fourth in 21.54, followed by Fabian
Gilot, 21.75 and Russia’s Anthony Grechin, 21.82. Anyone of those
swimmers can win the event, so it’s not a given Nathan will win all
three stages of the series.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian swept the second leg of the Mare
Nostrum series with a win in the 100 freestyle on Thursday. Adrian,
who is the defending Olympic champion in the event, won the freestyle in 48.43 seconds in
Hanser Garcia Hernandez of Cuba was second in 48.77 and Konrad
Czerniak of Poland was third in 49.07. Garcia Hernandez was the top
seed after the morning prelims while Adrian was seeded third.
Adrian won the sprint freestyles in the opening leg of the
series in Monte Carlo.
The series will move to the final leg on Saturday-Sunday in
The clean up is June 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the
Silverdale boat ramp.
The club will meet at the boat ramp, and assign specific areas
for clean up from there. All supplies needed will be provided by
the port and they are providing a lunch to volunteers as well. If
the weather cooperates, the club may have some open water races to
conclude the day.
For questions or more information, contact Amy Scholfield at
Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Bremerton continued his
dominance in the 50-meter freestyle with his second win in the
event in the Mare Nostrum series on Wednesday.
Adrian, who swims for Cal Aquatics, won the 50 and 100 free
in the first stop of the series in Monte Carlo, Monaco,
last week, and he cruised to the wall in Canet, France, in 21.68
Wednesday. He was the lone swimmer to come in under 22 seconds.
France’s Florent Manaudou finished second in 22.00 and Anthony
Ervin, Adrian’s training partner was third in 22.21.
With his win Wednesday, Adrian has earned $1,258.59 so far in
the three-city European tour.
The 100 free is Thursday. The series concludes June 14-15 in