Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was selected by his Olympic peers on
Tuesday as one of six captains to head Team USA as they prepare for
the Rio Games in a matter of weeks.
Adrian was selected as a captain along with Michael Phelps and
Anthony Ervin for the men’s team. On the women’s side, captains are
Cammile Adams, Elizabeth Beisel and Allison Schmitt. The team is
training in San Antonio this week before heading to Atlanta
for more training and then to Brazil.
Adrian is not the first Bremerton swimmer to be named a team
captain. That honor goes to Tara Kirk Sell who was named for the
women’s team for the 2004 Athens Games.
It’s been a long time since Nathan Adrian of Bremerton has
delighted his hometown fans by competing locally, but his
appearance at the U.S. Winter Nationals Dec. 3-5 will end that
drought. It’s the first time the Olympic champion will race in
Washington since December of 2009 when he swam at
the short-course nationals at the King County Aquatic Center in the
50 and 100-yard freestyle events, winning both.
Adrian is scheduled to swim the 50 free on Thursday and the 100
free on Saturday.
Adrian is just one of the USA Swimming headliners to compete
next week. Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt
Grevers, Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin are also scheduled to
compete. In total, more than 40 national team members are among the
nearly 700 swimmers slated to swim.
Tickets are on sale now for the three-day
event, which includes preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
All-session adult passes are $60 with single day and single-session
A live webcast of the entire meet will be available at
usaswimming.org and NBC will tape-delay the nationals on NBC
Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10-11 a.m.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is slated to swim in the Arena Pro
Swim Series event later this week in Santa Clara, California. The
meet begins Thursday with a timed-final distance session.
Friday-Sunday prelims begin at 9 a.m. followed by finals at 5
Also expected to swim are gold medalists Natalie Coughlin,
Anthony Ervin, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers and
Adrian, the defending Olympic champion in the 100 freestyle, is
seeded second in that event with a time of 47.84 seconds. Russia’s
Vladimir Morozov is the top seed with a time of 47.62. The 100 free
Adrian is also swimming the 50 freestyle. He’s the third seed
with a time of 21.47. Bruno Fratus of Brazil is the top seed in
21.41 followed by Ervin in 21.42. Ervin and Adrian are
teammates at California Aquatics.