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Nathan Adrian wins semifinal heat, posts top time in 100 free

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton came out strong in the first semifinal of the 100-meter freestyle and won his heat in a 47.95 seconds at the FINA World Swimming championships Wednesday.

Adrian, the Olympic champion in the event, posted the top time of all eight qualifiers. Jimmy Feigen made sure the Americans are seeded 1-2 into the finals with a surprise win in the second semi in 48.07. It was his best swim of the meet so far.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini is third (48.11) while Australia’s James Magnussen and Vlad Morotzov of Russia tied with 48.20. France’s Fabian Gilot (48.21), Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (48.43) and Italy’s Luca Dotto (48.46) round out the finalists.

Nathan Adrian eases into 100 free semifinals

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian qualified for the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle after finishing third in the final heat of the prelims at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona early Wednesday morning.

Adrian, of Bremerton, finished in 48.93 seconds and is seeded 12th. James Magnussen of Australia was the top qualifier 47.71.

The evening session in Barcelona begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday and can be found live streaming here.

Catching up with the World Championships

I find myself a little behind on reporting about the FINA World Championships from Barcelona, so I’m posting this to include Monday and Tuesdays’ results from the pool.

FYI, Nathan Adrian will swim at 1 a.m. (Pacific time) and I’ll do my best to post quickly how he does in the 100 free prelims. The semifinals start Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Here’s the press release from USA Swimming from Monday:

BARCELONA –  U.S. swimmers Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.) and Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) both medaled for the United States Monday at the FINA World Championships, with Godsoe taking silver in the men’s 50m butterfly and Vollmer taking bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly.

Their performances on the second night of finals at Palau Sant Jordi brought the Americans’ total medal count in both the pool and open water to eight – three gold, two silver and three bronze. The U.S. currently leads all countries in the medal count for the pool competition.

Other Americans swimming in finals Monday included Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) and Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J.), who finished seventh and eighth in the men’s 100m breaststroke, and Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.), who finished fifth in the women’s 200m IM.

In the men’s 50m fly, Godsoe powered his way down the pool and got his hand on the wall fast enough to win the silver medal from lane 8 in 23.05. He finished just four-hundredths of a second behind Cesar Cielo of Brazil. France’s Fred Bousquet was third in 23.11

Godsoe was competing in his first long-course World Championship finals Monday. The race marked the first time since 2007 that an American has medaled in the 50m fly.

“Coming in lane eight, I knew I had no pressure,” Godsoe said. “I just had to execute. The 50 fly is just one of those events where if some of those guys are trying too hard, they’re going to be a little bit slower. So I knew if I could go a tenth or two-tenths faster (than I swam in semifinals), I’d have a chance to medal in it.”

In the women’s 100m Butterfly final, Vollmer took the first length of the women’s 100m butterfly out with the rest of field, turning in fourth place, about a half a second behind Jeanette Ottesen Gray and just a fraction of a second behind Ilaria Bianchi of Italy and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.

As they raced down the final 50 meters it was a four- or five-way race between the swimmers in the center of the pool before Sjostrom began pulling ahead and then touched first in 56.53. She was followed by Alicia Coutts of Australia in 56.97 and Vollmer in 57.24.

Australia’s Christian Sprenger won the men’s 100m breaststroke in 58.79, with Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa and Felipe Lima of Brazil taking silver and bronze in 58.97 and 59.65. Cordes and Fink, both competing in their first long-course World Championships, touched in 1:00.02 and 1:00.10, respectively, to finish seven and eighth.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the women’s 200m IM in 2:07.92, followed by Coutts of Australia in 2:09.39 and Mereia Garcia of Spain in 2:09.45. Leverenz, the Olympic bronze medalist in this event in London, finished fifth in 2:10.73.

Here’s the press release from Tuesday:

BARCELONA – Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) won gold and set a world record in the women’s 1500m freestyle Tuesday at the FINA World Championships, turning in a time of 15:36.53. Ledecky’s gold was one of six medals for the United States on the third night of competition at Palau Sant Jordi.

Also winning gold for the U.S. Tuesday was Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) in the women’s 100m backstroke (58.41) and Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) in the men’s 100m backstroke (52.93).

Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) took silver in the men’s 200m freestyle in 1:45.32, while David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) finished second behind Grevers in the 100m back in 53.12. Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) won bronze in the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:05.52.

The Americans’ medal count now stands at 14 – six gold, four silver and four bronze. They lead all countries in both gold medals and total medals won.

In the women’s 1500m free, Ledecky and Lotte Friis of Denmark quickly separated themselves from the pack and were about four or five seconds ahead of world record pace the whole way.

Friis held a slight lead over Ledecky through the 1300-meter mark, when Ledecky pulled ahead. The two were neck-and-neck over the next 100 meters before Ledecky surged ahead for good. Friis finished second about two seconds behind in 15:38.88, followed by Lauren Boyle of New Zealand in 15:44.71. American Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.) finished eighth in 16:09.65.

“The main goal was just to come out on top,” Ledecky said. “I knew we were going pretty fast, and I figured whoever was going to come out on top was going to get the world record. I had to be careful not to push it too early, not to push it too late, and just touch the wall first. Around the last 200, I knew I could take off.”

Both Ledecky and Friis finished ahead of the former world record time of 15:42.54, set by American Kate Ziegler in 2007.

“(The world record) means the world to me,” Ledecky said. “Kate Ziegler, who had the world record, is from my area (back home). I’ve looked up to her my whole life, and I really honored to break that world record and to keep it in Potomac Valley.”

Franklin led the women’s 100m backstroke from start to finish, touching a little more than a half-second ahead of her closest competitor, Emily Seebohm of Australia, who finished in 59.06. Japan’s Aya Terakawa was third in 59.23. Franklin’s teammate,Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore, Md.), was fourth in 59.45.

The men’s 100m backstroke was classic Grevers, who used his trademark back-half speed to pull ahead in the final 50 meters for the win. Plummer was right there with him, finishing 19-hundredths of a second behind. Jeremy Stravius of France was third in 53.21.

In the men’s 200m freestyle, Yannick Agnel of France was in control of the race from the very first turn, leaving the rest of the field fighting for second. Dwyer swam a controlled race, gaining ground on the pack at each wall.

Fifth at the 150-meter mark, Dwyer reeled his competitors in down the final 50 meters for silver. Agnel was first in 1:44.20, while Danila Izotov of Russia was third in 1:45.59. Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), who was third at the final wall, slipped to fourth in 1:45.64.

In the women’s 100m breast, everyone was chasing Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in the women’s 100m breaststroke. On Monday, Meilutyte set the world record in this event in the semifinals in 1:04.35. The former mark, set by Jessica Hardy in 2009, stood at 1:04.45.

Hardy was second behind Meilutyte at the turn in Tuesday’s race, and held on down the homestretch for bronze. Meilutyte won gold in 1:04.42, while Russia’s Yuliya Efimova took silver in 1:05.02. American Breeja Larson (Mesa, Ariz.) finished fifth in 1:06.74.

In semifinals action, Kevin Steel (Mooretown, N.J) finished 12th in the men’s 50m breaststroke with a time of 27.60.  Franklin qualified second in the 200m freestyle (1:56.05) and Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kansas) was eighth (1:56.76). Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), tied for fourth in the men’s 200m butterfly (1:55.97) and Tom Luchsinger (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) was eighth (1:56.10).

Local swimmers among PNS best on final day

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Ian Lipton finished second in the 10-under 400-meter freestyle at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships on Sunday. Lipton finished in 5 minutes, 33.44 seconds at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Lipton also placed third in the 10U 50 backstroke in 38.48 seconds.

Garrett Waite, BISC, placed second in the 11-12 100 butterfly in 1:04.70 and second in the 50 backstroke in 30.73, just off first-place finisher William Zhou of Bellevue in 30.31. Kevin Houseman of Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team placed third in the 11-12 50 breaststroke in 36.75.

Other top eight finishers include; Lia Campbell of BISC placed fourth in the 13-14 200 freestyle in 2:11.49 and seventh in the 100 fly in 1:08.07; Poulsbo Piranhas’ Brianna Hoffman finished fifth in the 10U 400 free in 5:48.65 and eighth in 200 free in 2:46.55, BISC’s Ian Lipton placed fifth in the 10U 100 butterfly in 1:25.41; Nathaniel Lapin of BISC finished sixth in the 10U 50 breaststroke in 44.94; Hannah Tonsmann finished sixth in the 11-12 200 free in 2:24.00 and seventh in the 11-over 800 free in 10:24.63; Makai Ingalls of BISC finished sixth in the 11-12 100 fly in 1:10.05 and fourth in the 50 back in 32.85 while Poulsbo’s Tim Gallagher finished eighth in the 100 fly in 1:12.75. In the relays, BISC’s boys 11-12 400 free relay finished third in 4:30.82 while the 11-12 girls 400 free relay finished eighth in 4:35.69. BISC’s 13-14 400 free relay placed fourth in 4:16.49.

Nathan Adrian hit with illness at worlds

This is not the time as a swimmer you’d ever want to be sick, but according to swimmingworld that’s exactly what’s happened to Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian.

According to Jeff Commings of SWM, Adrian and Dana Vollmer were both hit with some sort of illness. Team USA head coach Bob Bowman said both were sick, but he didn’t specify what the illness was.

Commings said in his world notebook story on the website that Adrian was sick during the medal ceremony after the Americans won silver in the 400 free relay.

There was some speculation that Adrian’s time of 47.95 was slow, but quite frankly that time is astounding now if you think about how sick he might be.

I’m sure all of Kitsap is hoping Adrian will recover quickly. The good news is he doesn’t have to swim again until Wednesday’s 100 free prelims. A couple days of rest and hydration will certainly help. He’s tough. He’ll fight through.

I remember when I was covering the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and Bremerton’s Dana Kirk picked up a stomach illness. It completely wiped her out. She was the American’s top swimmer in the butterfly, winning the 200 at trials, and didn’t make the final. I know she was sorely disappointed.

As much as swimmers travel I’m surprised we don’t hear about illnesses more, to be honest, but they tend to keep that pretty quiet.

Adrian, Americans earn silver in 400 relay

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian led off the 4×100-meter freestyle relay on the first day of the swimming competition Sunday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Adrian gave the Americans a lead with a 47.95 split in his first race of the meet. He didn’t swim in the morning  prelims. Adrian had the fastest start (.67 seconds off the block) and was fastest at the 50 split (22.31), ahead of Australia’s James Magnussen (48.00), France’s Yannick Agnel (48.76) and Russia’s Andrey Grechin (48.09).

Ryan Lochte dropped the U.S. to second but Anthony Ervin blazed to a 47.44 split (the best of the four) and Jimmy Feigen anchored in 48.23, but it wasn’t enough as France, like they did at the Olympics last year, out-touched the Americans at the wall. Jeremy Stravius of France just got his hand on the wall ahead of Feigen in 3:11.18 to 3:11.42.

In a bit of an editorial opinion here (granted I’m not in Barcelona and can’t ask Team USA’s coaches this question), but why was Nathan not the anchor?

I think he’s proven that’s where you put your best, most experienced swimmer. There was some talk after the London Olympics as to why Nathan wasn’t the anchor and the same thing happened there that happened in Barcelona. The U.S. was edged at the wall by France. Nathan is so good at closing it’s would be hard not to put him in the four spot.

It seems like there is some sort of desire to constantly have him clashing with Magnussen. Why? Enough already! Don’t worry about what the Aussies or anyone else is doing. Put together the best American lineup and let the men do what they do best.

Keep Nathan Adrian on the anchor.

Video: Adrian, Magnussen preview

Here’s a little preview in the form of a video of much-anticipated showdown between Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian and Australia’s silver medalist, and current World Champion, James Magnussen.

The world championships start Sunday and Nathan will likely be the anchor for the 4×100 free relay. The 100 free starts with the prelims and semifinals on Wednesday, with the finals on Thursday. The 50 free is Friday and Saturday. Adrian will also swim in the 400 medley relay, Sunday, Aug. 4.

What the pundits are saying about the World Championship sprint freestyles

If you can’t wait for the start of the World Swimming Championships in two days, here’s a couple links to some interesting stories about the sprint freestyles and who the pundits think will be a factor.

Missile & Morozov vs. 2012 Kings Adrian, Manaudou

Russia’s Morozov on the move

Magnussen fine tunes in France

Men’s 50 free: new expectations, familiar faces 

And some pictures from the Indy trials, just to tied you over