Adrian second-fastest qualifier in 50 free semis

Maybe using a bit of frustration as motivation, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, late Thursday evening.

Adrian won his heat in 21.73 seconds. Florent Manaudou of France was the top qualifier in 21.71 seconds.

Adrian is coming off a disappointing finish in the 100 freestyle on Thursday, where he placed seventh. The semifinals/finals session begins at 7:30 a.m. locally.