Fans will have a chance give Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian a hero’s
welcome, ask questions and receive an autograph from the
multiple Olympic gold medalist on Monday, Aug. 29 at Bremerton High
School’s Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m.
Adrian returns to his hometown for an autograph session,
question and answer period and those attending will have a chance
to hear Nathan speak about his experiences in Rio
after winning two gold medals and two bronze medals.
Adrian will arrive at the high school after being driven from
east Bremerton to west Bremerton from 5:15-5:30 p.m., across the
Manette Bridge, up 11th Street to the high school. The public is
welcome to wave, take pictures and cheer for Adrian along the
It would have been a major upset in Olympic swimming if the
reigning 100 freestyle champion failed to qualify for the
semifinals, but Nathan Adrian managed to squeak into tonight’s
semis in 16th place.
Adrian, coming off a gold-medal performance Sunday as part of
the 4×100 free relay,
finished last in his preliminary heat in 48.58 seconds.
Teammate Caeleb Dressel also made the semis with the second fastest
time in 47.91. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers was the fastest qualifier
Adrian wasn’t too concerned and spoke to swimswam.com following
his morning’s race.
“It was alright, feeling a little rusty this morning, trying to
get back into the meet after a pretty late night the other night.
It doesn’t affect anything really, you’re swimming for a lane, and
tonight is going to be the same thing, we’re swimming for a lane.
Actually, I’m pretty happy to get an outside lane, it’s always nice
to get a little clean water, so looking forward to it tonight.”
Tonight’s session can be viewed live online at nbcolympics.com
or on CBC locally starting at 6 p.m.
NBC is showing a highlight, tape delayed broadcast that includes
swimming that starts about 7 p.m.
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
The Pacific Northwest Spring Divisional age group championships
are this weekend at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The meet is Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Among the local clubs competing are Olympic Aquatic Club,
Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, Bainbridge Island Swim Club and Puget
Sound Swim Club.
Individually, PPST’s Isaac Beers is seeded No. 1 in the
10-year-old boys 50-yard butterfly and fourth in the 50 back.
Margaret Hayes of BISC is seeded first in the girls 50 backstroke
in the girls 10 and under, third in the 100 freestyle, and second
in the 50 fly and 50 free while PPST’s Ava Harris is the fourth
seed in that event.
In the 13-year-old girls division, Samantha Sinopole of PPST is
seeded third in the 200 breaststroke. In the boys 11-12, BISC’s
John Velisaris is seeded third in the 50 free.
Olympic champion Ryan Lochte announced at the Mesa Grand Prix
Saturday night that he would indeed be moving from Gainesville,
Fla., to California sometime this summer.
Lochte, who had hinted at the move following the London Olympics
but backed off that statement, told SwimSwam that the move to
either Southern Californa (USC) or Northern California (California
Aquatics) would depend on if his reality show “What Would Ryan
Lochte Do?” gets picked up for a second season.