Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is nominated for two Golden Goggle
awards, the mixed 4×100 free relay and the men’s 4×100 medley
relay from the World Championships earlier this year in Russia.
The mixed relay included an all-star cast in Ryan Lochte (48.79
split), Adrian (47.29), Simone Manuel (53.66) and Missy Franklin
(53.31). The quartet came in in a world-record time of 3 minutes,
24.51 seconds. The U.S. was behind at various times throughout the
race, but Adrian and Manuel pulled the Americans even with Russia
and it was Franklin who surged home for the gold.
In the men’s medley, Adrian anchored the team that included Ryan
Murphy (53.05), Kevin Cordes (58.88) and Tom Shields (50.59) to a
gold in 3:29.93, just .15 seconds in front of Australia. The
Americans trailed Great Britain and Australia after the
breaststroke, but Shields’ strong butterfly leg put the U.S. ahead
as Adrian took over. Adrian’s anchor time of 47.41 held off Cameron
McEvoy of Australia in the final 10 meters.
It was a foregone conclusion, but USA Swimming made it official
on Tuesday when it released it’s national team roster for 2015-16
which included Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian.
Here’s a link if you want to check out who else
made the team and their Twitter handles. All the big names are
there (Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky,
etc.) as well as plenty of fresh new faces. Among them is the only
other Washingtonian — Lisa Bratton of Richland.
Bremerton Olympic champion Nathan Adrian is one of several
headliners that is scheduled to compete in the Arena Pro Swim
Series at Austin, Jan 15-17. The series was formally known as the
Arena Grand Prix. Also scheduled to swim are Katie Ledecky, Ryan
Lochte, Tyler Clarey, Ntalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Matt
The three-day meet will take place at the University of Texas’
swimming center. Prelims are at 7 a.m. with finals at 4 p.m.
Universal Sports Network will air TV coverage of the meet Jan.
16 and 17 (check local listings for time). Also, USA Swimming will webcast the complete
While there was much ballyhoo surrounding Michael Phelps’ return
to swimming, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian left no doubt as to who
really is the king of American sprinting on Wednesday. Adrian won
the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. National championships in
Adrian led at the 50, in 22.85 seconds, and won by a near
half-body length in 48.31. Ryan Lochte was second and Jimmy Feigen
third. Phelps was seventh. The win also gives Adrian his sixth
national championship title.
The top four individuals are added to the national team for the
next two-year cycle and will head to Australia later this month for
the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast.
Adrian wasn’t that impressed with his time.
“It’s about qualifying,” he said in a post-race webcast
interview. “In a field like that it’s always an honor to get your
hand on the wall first.”
Adrian said it was very important to not abandon his race
strategy considering the amount of talent in the event. Of the
eight competitors, seven are Olympians and all seven have won
individual golds at the Olympics or
“You work all year with a certain race strategy in mind and you
really going to do your best if you execute it,” he said. “It’s an
extraordinary field and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”
Adrian will swim in the 50 free prelims on Sunday.
Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian and a large Cal Aquatics
contingent that includes gold medalists Natalie Coughlin and
Anthony Ervin will head to Europe for the Mare Nostrum Series this
week. Cash prizes are awarded, up to $20,000, plus bonuses for
breaking series and world records.
The first meet will be in Monaco Saturday-Sunday, Canet, France,
on June 11-12, and Barcelona, Spain, on June 14-15. The 100
freestyle in Monaco is Saturday and the 50 is Sunday. Adrian is
seeded first in the 100 free in 47.84 seconds, and is seeded second
in the 50 free behind Ervin.
The group includes Cal head coach Dave Durden and Tom Shields,
Damir Dugonjic, Josh Prenot, Jacob Pebly and Ryan Murphy.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won
the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Mesa Grand
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.
The 100-meter freestyle reads like a who’s who of swimming’s
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.
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?