Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle Saturday at the Arena
Pro Swim Series event in Austin, Texas, giving him the overall
series lead and a sweep of the sprint distances.
Adrian out-distanced the rest of the field coming in at the
finish in 21.85 seconds. Bruno Fratus of Brazil was second in 22.07
while Jimmy Feigen was third in 22.27. Up-and-coming teen sensation
Michael Andrew was fourth in 22.33.
“I felt stronger on that swim than I did last night,” Adrian
said in an online post-race interview.
Adrian laughed when the announcer said it seemed like he could
go a sub-22 second anytime he felt like it.
“Anytime might be a little bit of an overstatement,” he
Adrian said the buildup to the 2016 Olympic trials can be felt
at each meet.
“With all these amazing swims going on, it just makes you jump
on that train,” he said. “It’s a fun, light and fast atmosphere
Nathan Adrian is set to return to the water later this week
winning the 100 freestyle at the National Championships last month
in Federal Way.
In the first meet of the Olympic year, Adrian is schedule to
swim at the Arena Pro Swim series at Austin, Texas, Friday-Sunday.
The 100 free is Friday and the 50 free is Saturday. Adrian is
seeded third in the 100 free in 48.05, behind Vladimir Morozov
(47.98) and Santo Condorelli (47.98). Adrian is seeded first in the
50 free in 21.37 seconds.
Adrian is currently tied for second with Chase Kalisz in the
chase for the overall title with 10 points. Conor Dwyer is the
overall leader with 13 points. The overall male and female winners
earn $10,000. At each meet, winners in all Olympic events earn
$1,000, $600 for second and $200 for third.
More than 70 members of the U.S. swim team will be competing.
Prelims are at 7 a.m. and finals are at 4 p.m. A live webcast of
the meet will be available at usaswimming.org.