Nathan Adrian back for Santa Clara Invite

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 this week.

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.

Also, here’s a link to Team Speedo’s latest video on Nathan.

And, a story on Nathan and Janet Evans on the Make-A-Splash Initiative by the USA Swimming Foundation.