Bremerton’s version of The Beatles were in town Monday.
OK, it would be one Beatle and it would be multiple-Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian.
I don’t think the adjective fervor describes the intensity to which the strapping 6-foot-6 swimmer received when he was introduced to the public in a welcome-home fete at Bremerton High School’s Performing Arts Center.
Ardor? Zeal? Those come close.
Receiving nearly the same amount of applause were his parents, Jim and Cecilia, who have picked up some worldwide notoriety thanks to their youngest son; older brother Justin and his wife Hilary and their toddler daughter and soon-to-be-born second child, and older sister Donella and her husband Barry and their three children were also on hand.
Adrian was given a key to the city by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, and Bremerton High swim team captain Nathan Rubie, a state participant himself, also presented Adrian with a Knights’ swim team t-shirt.