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Adrian, 4×100 free win Relay Performance of the Year at Golden Goggles

NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton and the 4×100 freestyle

From left to right, United States' Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian celebrate winning gold during the medal ceremony for the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
From left to right, United States’ Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian celebrate winning gold during the medal ceremony for the men’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

relay team won the Relay Performance of the Year at the annual USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Monday.

Adrian anchored the U.S. to wins in the 4×100 free and the 4×100 medley relay and won bronze in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events.

Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky both earned Athlete of the Year honors for the third consecutive year.

Phelps won six medals this summer, including five gold, and took the male Athlete of the Year award for the seventh time overall. Phelps also won Race of the Year for his 200-meter butterfly win at the Rio Olympics and was a member of both winning relays. He was also the fifth recipient of USA Swimming’s IMPACT Award, a lifetime achievement honor for contributions to the sport.

Ledecky won female Athlete of the Year for a record fourth consecutive year. Ledecky won four golds at Rio, joining Debbie Meyer as the only women to win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events at the same Olympics.

Simone Manuel won female Race of the Year for her gold in the 100 freestyle in Rio, when she set an American and Olympic record at 52.70 seconds.

2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Award Winners:

  • Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Ledecky
  • Male Athlete of the Year: Michael Phelps
  • Female Race of the Year: Simone Manuel, Women’s 100m Freestyle (2016 Olympic Games)
  • Male Race of the Year: Michael Phelps, Men’s 200m Butterfly (2016 Olympic Games)
  • Relay Performance of the Year: Men’s 4x100m Free Relay (2016 Olympic Games): Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian
  • Breakout Performer of the Year: Lilly King
  • Perseverance Award: Anthony Ervin
  • IMPACT Award: Michael Phelps
  • Team Leadership & Inspiration Award: Elizabeth Beisel

Also, here’s a link to a video by swimswam of Nathan speaking on the red carpet.

Adrian nominated for three Golden Goggles, including male athlete of the year

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men's 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men’s 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian was nominated for three Golden Goggles, USA Swimming’s equivalent of the Oscars, on Wednesday.

Adrian, who came away from the Rio Games with four medals, two golds and two bronze, was nominated for male athlete of the year along with Michael Phelps, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Murphy.

Adrian was also nominated in the relay performance of the year category for the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay. He helped Team USA to gold in both those events and individually earned bronze in the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle.

The Golden Goggles, which act as a fundraising gala for the USA Swimmng Foundation which Adrian is an ambassador, is scheduled for Nov. 21 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Online fan voting is open and continues through Nov. 11. Go to usaswiming.org to vote.

Here is the full press release from USA Swimming, including the other nominees;

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After adding to his record-setting career total with six medals, including five gold, at the 2016 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club) leads the way with five nominations for the 2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards, set for Monday, Nov. 21, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

The nation’s top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories for the 13th Annual Golden Goggle Awards, the celebration and fundraising gala honoring the sport’s top performances of the year. This year’s event, emceed by NBC Sports’ Bob Costas, will once again mix swimming stars with celebrities, business leaders and entertainment icons in Times Square.

Full event details, including table and seat purchasing opportunities, can be found at GoldenGoggles.com.

Phelps’ five nominations include Male Athlete of the Year, Male Race of the Year for the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley at the Olympic Games and Relay Performance of the Year for the men’s 4x100m free relay and 4x100m medley relay in Rio. Phelps is a six-time winner of Male Athlete of the Year honors, including each of the last two years.

Earning three Golden Goggle nominations each were Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa, Calif./Stanford Swimming), Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif./SwimMAC Carolina), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) and Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics).

Ledecky is nominated for Female Athlete of the Year, Female Race of the Year for the 800m free in Rio and Relay Performance of the Year for the 4x200m free relay at the Olympic Games. She will look to become the first athlete – male or female – to win Golden Goggles’ Athlete of the Year honors in four consecutive years.

Golden Goggle Award nominations are based on the year’s top accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2016 Olympic Games. The Americans topped the medal table in Rio de Janeiro with 33 total medals, including 16 gold. The complete list of 2016 Golden Goggle Award nominees by category is below.

Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 11. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot. Beginning later this week USA Swimming will highlight Golden Goggle Awards categories weekly on usaswimming.org and across its social media channels in the lead-up to the Nov. 21 event.

Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, which has the mission to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events.

2016 Golden Goggle Awards Nominees

Breakout Performer of the Year

Lilly King

Cody Miller

Josh Prenot

Leah Smith


Perseverance Award

Kathleen Baker

Anthony Ervin

David Plummer

Dana Vollmer


Coach of the Year

Bob Bowman

Dave Durden

Bruce Gemmell

Ray Looze

David Marsh

Greg Meehan

Relay Performance of the Year

Men’s 4x100m Free Relay, 2016 Olympic Games

Women’s 4x200m Free Relay, 2016 Olympic Games

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, 2016 Olympic Games

Female Race of the Year

Simone Manuel, 100m Free, 2016 Olympic Games

Katie Ledecky, 800m Free, 2016 Olympic Games

Maya DiRado, 200m Back, 2016 Olympic Games

Lilly King, 100m Breast, 2016 Olympic Games

Male Race of the Year

Anthony Ervin, 50m Free, 2016 Olympic Games

Ryan Murphy, 100m Back, 2016 Olympic Games

Michael Phelps, 200m Fly, 2016 Olympic Games

Michael Phelps, 200m IM, 2016 Olympic Games

Female Athlete of the Year

Maya DiRado

Katie Ledecky

Simone Manuel

Male Athlete of the Year

Nathan Adrian

Anthony Ervin

Ryan Murphy

Michael Phelps

Adrian starts 2016 Olympics with relay gold

United States' Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
United States’ Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian dominated the anchor leg of the highly-anticipated 400 freestyle relay Sunday night at the Rio Olympics.

Adrian’s split time of 46.97 helped Team USA to gold in a time of 3:09.92 to beat out France, 3:10.53, and Australia 3:11.37.

The win also gives Michael Phelps his 19th gold of his career. Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel earned their first relay wins.

Adrian named one of six Team USA captains

Nathan Adrian smiles after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Nathan Adrian smiles after winning the mens 100-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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.

Olympic Trials psych sheets, TV schedule & “The Body Issue”

Hold onto your hats, or swim caps as the case may be, Nathan Adrian fans … trials are less than a week away and momentum is building.

The hype is likely going to be on overload when ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue hits newsstands July 8. Not only will Nathan’s — Bremerton’s favorite swimming son — fate be assured for the Rio Olympics by then, his introduction to the rest of the country (and world) will be peaking. Nathan joins the ranks of fellow Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin to be featured in the tastefully-positioned nude issue.

Don’t forget. Nathan isn’t new to ESPN. He joined fellow Olympian Jessica Hardy in a great video entitled “The Opaque” a few years ago.

Nathan is also a Tommy Hilfiger spokesmodel and recently donned a cardigan and black-rimmed eyeglasses for a pre-Olympics photo shoot.

Nathan Adrian as one of several "Class of 2016" baseball-card style photo ops in advance of the Rio Olympics (Contributed photo)
Nathan Adrian as one of several “Class of 2016” baseball-card style photo ops in advance of the Rio Olympics
(Contributed photo)

Amidst all the distractions away from the pool, Nathan has still managed to post some of the best times leading up to the swim trials. He is the top seed in the 100 and 50 meter freestyle events, and barring a MAJOR upset, should be earmarked to anchor both relays in Rio.

One way he’s been so consistent is the technology he’s been able to use thanks to his sponsorship from BMW. High-speed motion capture technology and video analysis have helped him shave precious milliseconds off his time. Check out this story that ran in Popular Science magazine.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s how Nathan won the trials 100 free in 2012 and just missed out on the 50 free.

Here’s the link to the psych sheets for the Olympic trials and a link to the event schedule and TV schedule.

Phelps, Ledecky winners on first night of Pro Swim Series

Per Bill Fay of The Associated Press…

 

ORLANDO, Fla.  — The first day of the Arena Pro Swim Series went as expected with Olympians Michael Phelps, Katie Ladecky and Conor Dwyer winning the featured events.

Michael Phelps practices for the U.S. Swimming Nationals at the Northside Swim Center, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in San Antonio. Phelps is scheduled to compete in four events. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Michael Phelps practices for the U.S. Swimming Nationals at the Northside Swim Center, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in San Antonio. Phelps is scheduled to compete in four events. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Phelps ran down Tom Shields in the final 50 meters and held on at the wall to win the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 52.28. Shields was just behind at 52.35

Ladecky easily beat a field packed with Olympians in the 200-meter freestyle. The 19-year-old from Capital Swim Club in Washington D.C., swam a 1:55.73 to beat fellow Olympians Missy Franklin, who swam 1:57.67 and Allison Schmitt, who was third at 1:58.16.

Dwyer was swimming competitively for the first time in two months. He jumped ahead of Dion Dreesens on the final turn and coasted home to win the men’s 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.96. Dressens was second at 1:48.17.

The three-day meet concludes Saturday.

Adrian competing at Arena Pro Swim in Orlando

Nathan Adrian, right, turns to greet George Bovell after they competed in the men's 50 meter freestyle preliminary race at the U.S. Winter Nationals swimming event Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Federal Way, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nathan Adrian, right, turns to greet George Bovell after they competed in the men’s 50 meter freestyle preliminary race at the U.S. Winter Nationals swimming event Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Federal Way, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Bremerton’s multi-gold medalist Nathan Adrian is one of several Team USA headliners swimming at the Arena Pro Swim series in Orlando, Florida, beginning Thursday at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

The long-course meet continues through Saturday.

Adrian is the top seed in Friday’s loaded 50-meter freestyle that includes Brazil’s Bruno Fratus and Cesar Cielo, current American short-course recordholder Caeleb Dressell and Josh Schneider, among others.

Adrian is seeded second behind Michael Phelps in the 100 free, which is Saturday.

The meet will be webcast in its entirety at usaswimming.org. Preliminaries begin at 6 a.m. local with finals at 3 p.m. TV coverage will air on same-day delay Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. on Universal HD and Saturday from 4:30-6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

The swim series is in its third of seven stops. Adrian leads the men’s standings, followed by Phelps and Conor Dwyer. Swimmers are awarded points in each individual Olympic event throughout the series, five points for first, three for second and one point for third place. The overall winners of the series earn a $10,000 bonus. Individual winners at each meet are awarded $1,000, $600 for second place and $200 for third.

Bremerton’s Adrian wins 100 free at Arena Series in Austin

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100-meter freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim series event at Austin, Texas, on Friday afternoon.

Adrian led from the start, turning at the 50-meter mark with the lead in 23.10 seconds and out-touched France’s Jeremy Stavius 48.91 to 48.96 at the finish. Jimmy Feigen finished third in 49.20.

Adrian will swim the 50 free on Saturday. The prelims are at 7 a.m. with the finals at 4 p.m. local time. The meet is being shown via livestream at usaswimming.org.

Adrian wins 50 free at Winter Nationals; Phelps revisits love of home-cooking at Mitzel’s

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his sixth 50-meter freestyle national title on Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the first night of the U.S. Winter Nationals, Adrian was just one of several Olympic champions who competed. Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, Conor Dwyer and Maya DiRado all pocketed gold medals.

You can check out what Phelps had to say about his race from the press conference here. He and coach Bob Bowman ate every lunch and dinner at Mitzel’s Restaurant in Kent when they were here 15 years ago.

“Bob and I pretty much had the same meal everyday,” he said. “It was meatloaf, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy and a bowl of clam chowder. Had the same thing yesterday (Wednesday). It’s still just the same, it’s just as good.

“I was talking to some of the waitresses there and they were saying that it’s the last one. They expanded and came down to their last one and they went back to their roots of real, genuine home-cooking. That’s what I remembered most from going there and it was literally exactly the same meal that I had 15 years ago. It was very, very good. And then desserts are amazing.”

The pool holds a special place in Phelps’ heart as this is where his life changed when he broke 2 minutes in the 200 fly and his legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time was sealed. Six months after that, he made his first Olympic team.

“Bob and I relived some memories by going to Mitzel’s,” he said. “It was kind of here where it started. That’s when everything kind of took off … I’ve enjoyed this pool.”

 

 

Adrian returns to Federal Way for winter nationals

Bremerton's Nathan Adrian celebrates after the first 50-meter freestyle semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Friday. Adrian set an American record in 21.37. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will swim for the first time at the KCAC in Federal Way since 2009. Adrian is just one of the headliners who will compete at the U.S. Winter Nationals, Dec. 3-5. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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 passes available.

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.