Adrian sets course record in defense of national title

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian successfully defended his 50-yard freestyle title on Thursday at the Winter Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Adrian, the American record-holder in the event in 18.66 seconds, touched the wall in 18.81 — a course record — to beat Simonas Bilis in 19.28. Eric McGinnis was third in 19.37. It was Adrian’s fifth fastest-time ever.

Adrian will also swim in the 100 free on Saturday, an event he also won last year.