Nathan Adrian scratches 50 free at Santa Clara

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.