Adrian wins splash and dash in Orlando

Bremerton’s multiple gold medalist Nathan Adrian posted the second-fastest time this year, winning the 50-meter freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim Series Friday.

Adrian, who swims for California, had a strong start and closed out the win in 21.70 seconds, to move him up from fourth in the world rankings. Florida’s Caeleb Dressell finished second in 22.06.

Adrian said he was happy to go under 22-seconds just four months out from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but wasn’t thrilled but how he finished the sprint race.

“The finish wasn’t so hot,” he said. “There’s no strategy (in the 50), there is adjustment when it comes to your finish. I should have known my markings just a little bit better just to know where the flags are.”

That adjustment, Adrian said, would have allowed him to lengthen out his stroke a little more and possibly touch in 21.6.

Dressel has come on the scene quickly after setting a short-course American record at the Southeastern Conference swimming and diving championships last month. Dressel posted the two fastest times in the history of the 50 free, breaking Adrian’s NCAA record in 2011 of 19.66 in 18.23.

Adrian had high praise for the 19-year-old, who he raced head-to-head for the first time.

“The sky is the limit for that kid,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun couple of years.”