Suffering his first disappointment at the world championships in
Rome, Nathan Adrian narrowly misses qualifying for the finals of
the 100 free on Wednesday.
Nathan was strong in the first 50, with a split of 22.66, but
slowed down in the final stretch to finish in 48.13, slower than
his qualifying time from the world trials in Indianapolis to place
him 10th. Top 8 go to finals. Alain Bernard of France is the top
qualifier in 47.27.
I don’t know if Nathan and his coaches were expecting the finals
time to be a sub-48, or for Bernard to nearly break the world
record, 47.05. He is always so good at calculating where he needs
to be. Honestly, however, one has to think that you go fast in the
semis because the finals are the following night. You’d have time
I’m a little stunned to be honest.
Nathan will have another shot at an individual event in the 50
free, which begins Friday. Plus, he should be named
to Saturday’s 400 medley relay as well.
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For Olympic Aquatic Club, and many other swimmers/parents/fans,
Thursday will be a bittersweet day. One of the largest
end-of-summer meets, the PNS Championships in Federal Way, gets
underway — but it’s also the meet where longtime OAC head
coach Bonnie Burmaster will, at the end, retire from coaching. You
can read about it here as well as see a video of Bonnie.
I had a chance not to long ago to visit with Bonnie, and husband
Elwin at their farm off Waaga Way (that’s a little slice of heaven
right there!) and I can certainly see why she will be missed. It
has to be impossible not to like Bonnie. Her joy for her ‘swim’
kids is apparent and she never treated it like a job or chore —
something she had to do. Plus, she’s one of the kindest and
funniest people I’ve met.
For Bonnie it’s always been about teaching the kids and cheering
on their successes. She will be greatly missed. So if you see
Bonnie on the deck at KCAC Thursday-Sunday, give her a hug and tell
her thanks. She deserves it. Continue reading
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