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.
But, I wouldn’t bet against him.