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Nathan Adrian shows off funny side in recent photo shoot

Team USA's Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait during the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at Beverly Hilton. (Kevin Jairaj |USA TODAY Sports)
Team USA’s Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait during the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at Beverly Hilton.
(Kevin Jairaj |USA TODAY Sports)

When last I talked to Nathan Adrian at the U.S. Winter Nationals in December at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, he mentioned that when he’s home in Berkeley, California, it’s rare to have much downtime between training.

After spending last week at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Orlando, where he swept both the freestyle events, Nathan returned home briefly before heading to southern California for the Team USA Media Summit Monday. Check out this link for more photos of Nathan from his shoot with USA Today. It’s a good thing Nathan has a great sense of humor, because I’m sure he’s going to take a lot of ribbing from his friends and family!

This link should take you to some behind-the-scenes shots of Nathan and Simone Manuel from the media summit. If not, check out @usaswimming on Twitter.

Then it was off to the Olympic Training Center on Tuesday for more high-altitude training. Nathan said he really gets a lot out of the OTC because everything an elite athlete needs is there — from nutrition, recovery, training, etc. — and he can focus on his training without distractions.

Nathan is scheduled to possibly race in the Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Arizona, but will be in Charlotte and Santa Clara leading up to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha at the end of June, beginning of July.

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.”

San Antonio to host USA Swimming training camp prior to Rio

USA Swimming announced Thursday it will hold its domestic training camp in San Antonio, Texas, July 13-21, 2016 at the Northside Swim Center. It’s also the site of the 2015 National Championships. The international training camp will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Here’s the full press release from USA Swimming:

SAN ANTONIO – USA Swimming announced today that it will hold the domestic training camp for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team in San Antonio at the state-of-the-art Northside Swim Center from July 13-21, 2016.

 

Following the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska, athletes who qualify to represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will gather in San Antonio and train at the Northside Swim Center, site of the 2015 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships, to begin preparations for the Games.

“The Northside Swim Center is one of the top swimming facilities in the United States and will provide an excellent training environment as our athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games,” USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch said. “This is where the camaraderie of our team begins to take shape, and the staff and facility here will play a key role in setting up Team USA for success in Rio.”

 

During the camp, area swimmers and sports fans will have the opportunity to meet the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, as one practice will be open to spectators, followed by an autograph session. The timing and details of the open practice and autograph session will be announced next summer prior to the start of the camp.

 

“Hosting the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team at the Northside Swim Center is a tremendous honor for the Northside Independent School District, the city of San Antonio and all of Texas,” said Dr. Brian T. Woods, Northside Independent School District Superintendent. “These amazing athletes will be an inspiration for student-athletes of all ages in San Antonio, and we look forward to helping them prepare to represent the United States next summer.”

 

Completed in July 2013, the Northside Swim Center features a 50-meter, Olympic-size outdoor pool and 25-meter diving and warm-up pool. The outdoor swim center features shaded seating for 2,400 spectators, as well as high-tech timing, lighting, sound and video scoreboard systems. Locker room facilities can accommodate as many as 1,200 athletes.

 

The facility also will host a quartet of high-level meets in 2015: USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships (Aug. 6-10) and Speedo Junior National Championships (July 30-Aug. 3), as well as the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships (April 23-26) and World Deaf Swimming Championships (Aug. 17-22).

 

2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Schedule:

  • June 26-July 3, 2016: U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming, Omaha, Nebraska
  • July 13-21, 2016: Domestic Training Camp, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dates TBD: International Training Camp, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Aug. 6-13, 2016: 2016 Olympic Games Pool Competition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug. 15-16, 2016: 2016 Olympic Games Open Water Competition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Video of the Week: Swimming World interview with Dana Kirk

I’m taking a step back in time, but only by a few months or so, for this week’s video.

Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian Dana Kirk was featured in a Swimming World interview after it was announced she joined the staff at Stanford University, where she swam for the late Richard Quick and Lea Maurer.

Kirk is a volunteer assistant coach for the Cardinal as well as head coach for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics-DKS (Dana Kirk Swimming), a branch of PASA. She’s also the aquatics director for Freemont Hills, an athletic club in Palo Alto.

Here’s the link to the video. It was shot at the American Swimming Coaches Association’s world clinic in Las Vegas last October.

 

2016 Olympic Trials cities narrowed to three

The list of cities hoping to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials narrowed by one this week.

Greensboro, N.C., dropped out of the running, leaving Omaha, Neb. (site of the 2008 and 2012 trials), St. Louis and San Antonio in the mix.

While no specific reason was given for the city’s withdrawl, the Greensboro Aquatic Center hosted the YMCA Short Course Nationals last week and has hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, synchronized swimming, Masters and sectional meets.