Adrian sweeps sprint free events at Arena Pro Swim in Austin

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.

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

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 said.

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 down here.”