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Nathan Adrian scratches 50 free at Santa Clara

After traveling across three countries in less than two weeks and then returning to the West Coast and winning the 100-meter freestyle on Friday, Nathan Adrian scratched the 50 free on Saturday at the Santa Clara Invitational Grand Prix.

Adrian, the Bremerton native and Olympic champion, pulled out of the sprint event in the morning, leaving the door wide open for the rest of the field. Adrian’s coach, Dave Durden, told it was a good time to give him a break after he swam nine 50s in nine days.

Adrian swam in the Mare Nostrum Series, sweeping both the 50 and 100 free events in the three-city tour.

Bruno Fratus of Brazil, who ranks second in the world, won the 50 free at Santa Clara in 21.45 seconds. Adrian is the fifth-ranked swimmer in the world with a 21.66 and it looked like the pair were going to go head-to-head from start to finish until Adrian pulled out. California’s Anthony Ervin was second followed by NYAC’s Josh Schneider in third.

Up next will be the U.S. Summer Nationals Aug 6-10 in Irvine, California, which is also the selection meet for the Pan Pacific Championships later in August in Australia.

Adrian wins convincingly at Santa Clara GP

Any thought Nathan Adrian would be hurting because of his transcontinental jet lag, guess again.

Adrian, the Bremerton native and multiple Olympic gold medalist, won the 100-meter freestyle by a half-body length over Michael Phelps at the Santa Clara Invitational, an Arena Grand Prix meet, Friday evening. Adrian won in 48.17 seconds, just off the 48.08 he posted in the Mare Nostrum Series that had him in Monaco, France and Spain the last two weeks.

Nathan was first at the split, 22.96 and stayed ahead the rest of the way. You can watch the video from here.

Up next is Saturday’s 50 free.

I’m guessing this will be closer, but Nathan will pull it out. I haven’t been wrong so far.

Nathan Adrian back for Santa Clara Invite

Nathan Adrian has said that the Santa Clara Invite is one of his favorite events and it’s no surprise he’ll make do with some jet lag in order to race in his backyard.

Adrian, Bremerton’s Olympic champion who trains and lives in Berkeley, Calif., is coming off a great sweep of the sprint freestyle events at the Mare Nostrum series in Europe. Adrian went 6-for-6 in the 50 and 100 free in Monaco, France and Spain. Not a bad way to spend a week or so.

That being said, Nathan is all business when it comes to racing this week.

The Arena Grand Prix Series event runs Thursday-Sunday. Thursday’s timed finals are at 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday’s preliminaries are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.

Nathan is the top seed in the 100 free in 47.52 seconds, followed by Yannick Agnel of North Baltimore AC in 47.84. He’s seeded third in the 50 free in 21.47, behind top seed Anthony Ervin (21.42) and Brazil’s Bruno Fratis (21.45). The 100 is Friday and the 50 is Saturday.

Also, here’s a link to Team Speedo’s latest video on Nathan.

And, a story on Nathan and Janet Evans on the Make-A-Splash Initiative by the USA Swimming Foundation.


Phelps wins 100 fly at Charlotte GP

It’s been a while, but Michael Phelps found himself back on top of the scoreboard after winning for the first time since coming out of his retirement. Phelps is competing at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C., and won the 100 butterfly in 52.13.

Here’s a story by Associated Press national writer Paul Newberry. Also, had video of his race and post-race interview.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Phelps is back in a familiar spot: the top of the podium.

Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly Friday night at the Charlotte Grand Prix, the first victory of his comeback.

Going out strong and remaining comfortably ahead on the return leg, Phelps cruised to victory in 52.13 seconds, about a half body-length ahead of runner-up Pavel Sankovich, a 2012 Olympian from Belarus.

Phelps matched his time exactly from the 100 fly at last month’s meet in Mesa, Arizona, where he returned to competition for the first time since retiring after the London Olympics. But this time, with longtime rival Ryan Lochte watching from the VIP area, Phelps had the pool all to himself.

The overflowing crowd at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center roared when he touched the wall first.


Bremerton’s Adrian, Kirk win US Masters titles

Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. (Mike Lewis, via
Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Mike Lewis, via

A week after winning two individual titles at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday.

Adrian touched the wall in 18.78 seconds in the 25-29 category, just off the national record of 18.67 by Fred Bousquet of France in February 2010. He also helped The Olympic Club win the 200 medley relay in 1:26.71, along with Cal training partner Anthony Ervin and Andrew Saeta and Nolan Koon.

Nathan wasn’t the only Bremerton native to pick up a national title in the short-course yards meet.

Already the owner of numerous junior, national and collegiate swimming titles as well as winning the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 butterfly, you can add U.S. Masters national champion to Dana Kirk’s resume too.

Kirk won the 100 butterfly in 54.03 in the 25-29 category. She was also third in the 50 free in 24.00. Katherine Raatz won in 23.40.

Kirk is slated to swim the 100 freestyle Saturday, as is Nathan. He is seeded first while Dana is seeded sixth.

You can also read what Swimming World Magazine had to say about the onslaught of the national record books after the first full day of competition.

Mesa post-race interview with Nathan Adrian caught up with Nathan Adrian after his race in the 100-freestyle on Thursday at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

You can check it out here.

And… here’s the post-race video from Friday’s 50 free. Nathan talks about his upcoming schedule, which includes the Mare Nostrum series, which Olympic silver medalist and fellow Bremertonian Tara Kirk Sell swam, and the Santa Clara Invite in August.


Adrian sweeps sprints at Mesa Grand Prix

In the fastest sprint event in swimming, known as the splash-and-dash, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle 21.73 at the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night.

Adrian’s time is the fifth-fastest time in the world so far this year and gave the Olympic gold medalist a sweep in the sprint events. He won the 100 free on Thursday.

In a race that is timed down to the hundredth of a second, Adrian’s shoulder-length lead was too large of a distance for runner up Roland Schoeman of South Africa to overcome. Schoeman finished in 22.19 and Josh Schneider was third in 22.24.

“Again, 21.7, great. Certainly happy with that,” Adrian said in an online post-race interview of his time. “Got to check it out on the video but I don’t think I had the best start in the world. Adrian was the second slowest off the block with a reaction time of .73 seconds. “I think my actual swimming (race) was pretty good.”

Adrian wins 100 free at Mesa Grand Prix

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Mesa Grand Prix.

Adrian led a fast first 50 meters and held off South Africa’s Roland Schoeman in 48.23 seconds. Adrian led by half a body length at the turn and pulled away from Schoeman, who touched the wall in 49.39, followed by North Baltimore’s Conor Dwyer in 49.57. Ryan Lochte of SwimMAC Carolina was fourth in 49.68.

Adrian said in an online post-race interview that he was pleased with the time, but is always looking to move forward.

“The goal is always to go best time,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to go pretty fast so Iv’e got to put together a pretty good one to do that.”

Adrian will swim the 50 free Friday. Prelims are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.


Adrian top qualifier after 100 free prelims

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is the top qualifier in the 100-meter freestyle after this morning’s prelims at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

Adrian touched the wall in 49.98 seconds, ahead of Conor Dwyer in 50.17 and South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (50.22).

Full results can be found here.

The finals are tonight at 5 p.m.

Also, check out SwimSwam’s coverage of the return of Michael Phelps as he swam today for the first time since the London Olympics.

Mesa GP sold out, Nathan Adrian seeded 1 and 2

The psych sheets are available for the Mesa Grand Priz meet in Tucson. You can find them here.

The 100-meter freestyle reads like a who’s who of swimming’s best.

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.52 seconds. Jimmy Feigen is second in 47.82 and France’s Yannick Agnel is third (47.84). Anthony Ervin (47.89), Ryan Lochte (48.58), Conor Dwyer (48.94), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (49.00) and Michael Phelps (49.05) round out the top eight.

That’s A LOT of international medals right there.

Ervins is ranked first in the 50 free in 21.42, followed by Nathan in 21.47, Schoeman (21.67), Josh Schneider (21.78), Feigen (21.88), Matt Grevers (22.09), Karl Krug (22.15), Alex Coville (22.19) and Shayne Fleming (22.35).  Nathan is ranked No. 6 in the world in the event.

The 100 free is Thursday and the 50 free is Friday.

Swim fans are dying to get to this event and it’s quickly become a star-studded affair. Within 48 hours of the announcement that Phelps would be swimming, the event was sold out.

Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian share a laugh at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian share a laugh at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 31, 2011.
(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

FUN PICTURE OF THE DAY: I really like this picture. It was shot from the World Championships in China in 2011. Would still like to find out what they’re laughing about. Wouldn’t you?