Monthly Archives: March 2009

Ellison Won’t Be on Phillies’ 25-Man Roster

Philadelphia announced today (Monday) that South Kitsap grad Jason Ellison won’t start the season on the Phillies’ 25-man roster. He hasn’t been optioned to the minors just yet. They’re keeping him with the big club through the end of the week.

Sounds like they like Ellison, and there’s been speculatation that Philly is trying to dump Geoff Jenkins’ salary or trade Matt Stairs. If they do, Ellison could still wind up as the fifth outfielder. Of course, that’s all speculation, but I hope it works out for Ellison. He’s done the minors to majors to minors to majors to minors thing for a while now. He’s a great clubhouse guy and the ideal backup outfielder for a club like the defending World Series champions, who need a speedy, defensive reserve with a right-handed bat.

— Chuck Stark

Adrian Wins 100 Free, Sets American Record


0329_spo_nathanadrianmug2Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100-yard freestyle in an American record time at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving championships on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Adrian, a 2006 Bremerton High School graduate and current sophomore at California-Berkeley, won the event in 41.08 seconds, bettering his morning preliminary time of 41.86 by a narrow margin.

Adrian held off James Feigen of Texas, who finished in 41.49. Adrian also beat Feigen in the 50 free.

On Thursday, Adrian broke his own American record in the 50 freestyle, winning his first NCAA championship in 18.71 seconds. Adrian won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of he United States 400 free relay, competing in the prelims.

Also, check out this video of Nathan by, taken on the final day of the meet.

Adrian Getting More Pub

Nathan Adrian’s strong performance at the NCAA men’s swimming championships has drawn some well-deserved attention from the folks at

Check out what the Web site had to say about the Bremerton native here. Hint: Get used to seeing his face as the future of men’s swimming.

Today, Adrian, who was the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard freestyle, had the fourth fastest qualifying time after the morning prelims. I wouldn’t worry tho’ — Adrian loves the outside lanes and he’s been swimming great. He knows what he has to do to win his second NCAA title in three days.

Adrian Helps Cal to Second in Relay


Nathan Adrian on Cal's Media cover
Nathan Adrian on Cal's Media cover

A day after winning the 50-yard freestyle, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian helped California’s 200 medley relay to a second-place finish at the men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving championships at Texas A&M.



Adrian, along with teammates Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore, finished behind national champion Auburn, who touched the wall in one minute, 22.36 seconds — a new NCAA-record time. Cal finished in 1:22.50, a new school record.

Earlier in the day, Adrian swam the 200 freestyle — not his best event — and finished 22nd with a time of 1:35.15. On Thursday, Adrian surprised the field by winning the 50 free in 18.71 seconds, breaking his own American record in the event. It was his first NCAA championship.

Adrian is scheduled to swim in the 100 freestyle today, the same event he won at the Pac-10 championships, and is the
No. 1 seed in that event. He is also slated to swim a leg on Cal’s 400 free relay, which is seeded third.

Adrian won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of the United States 400 free relay, competing in the prelims.

After 13 events, Cal sits in fourth place with 225 points. Auburn leads the meet with 320 points heading into final day, followed by Texas, 308, and Stanford, 266.5.

Will Ellison Start Season With Phillies?

Drew Silverman, a writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, breaks down the Phillies by position. In his project, South Kitsap product and one-time Mariner Jason Ellison earns a spot on the roster as a backup outfielder. Here’s what Silverman wrote:

Outfielders: Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino are entrenched in right and center field, respectively. After Pat Burrell manned the position for the last nine years, Raul Ibanez will take over in left. None of this is news. However, the Phillies’ backup outfield positions could prove to be a spot where the team looks to make a move. With their starting lineup already dominated by left-handed hitters, the Phillies need a right-handed bat off the bench. As of now, Bruntlett and either Coste or Paulino are their only right-handed options. Don’t be surprised if the Phils trade either Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs at some point in the next week or two. Jenkins’ contract (one more year, $6.75 million) would be tough for another team to swallow, so moving Stairs is the more likely option. Even at age 41, the NLCS hero can still be a productive bench player, but he’s best suited for the American League. Look for the Phillies to move him, possibly in favor of keeping Jason Ellison (.286 in 28 at-bats) as a reserve outfielder.

Prediction: Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Jenkins, Ellison

Villopoto 5th in Supercross Standings

Ryan Villopoto from Poulsbo missed last weekend’s Supercross stop at St. Louis because of a viral infection and is currently fifth in the 450cc points chase in his rookie year on the bigger bikes. He won the Supercross lites title the past tw0 years. Here’s the top-five 450cc riders with five races left, including the April race at Qwest Field in Seattle:

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 271 points

2. James Stewart, Haynes City, Fla., Yamaha, 260

3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 197

4. Josh Grant, Riverside, calif., Yamaha 172

5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Kawasaki 165

The remaining races:

Mar 28 Toronto, ON Rogers Center
Apr 04 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Apr 18 Seattle Qwest Field  
Apr 25 Salt Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Field
May 02 Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium  

UW Golfer Nick Taylor Going Happy Gilmore on Opponents

“Somebody’s closer!” — Happy Gilmore to Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore

University of Washington junior Nick Taylor has probably been thinking the same thing lately. Taylor on Tuesday captured medalist honors at the Oregon Duck Invitational after shooting 70-73-68—211. It’s the third time this season Taylor’s finished first at a tournament, which sets a school record. He’s also won the CordeValle Collegiate and the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational.

As a team, the Huskies are currently ranked No. 12 among all colleges by Golfweek. Taylor is ranked No. 27 individually, nine spots behind teammate Richard Lee, who has seven top-10 finishes in eight events this season.

The Huskies, for whom Gold Mountain Golf Club director of golf operations Scott Alexander is a volunteer assistant coach, are back in action to the U.S. Collegiate on April 5-7 in Alphretta, Ga.

Adrian Top Seed at NCAAs

Nathan Adrian, a Bremerton High product, and the California Golden Bears open the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving championships today through Saturday at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Prelims are at 9 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m.

Adrian, a sophomore at Cal, is the top seed in the 100-yard free with a time of 41.43 seconds and is the current Pac-10 champion. Adrian is seeded second in the 50 free in 18.82 seconds — the current U.S. record. Australian Matt Targett of Auburn is the top seed in 18.52. He is also seeded fifth in the 200 free. Adrian is also slated to swim in the Bears’ 400 medley, 200 free, 400 free and 800 free relay teams. Adrian is the Pac-10 champion in all three of his individual events.

The 50 free, 400 medley relay and 200 free relays events are scheduled for today. Cal’s 400 medley relay currently holds the NCAA record in 3:03.30 and is the No. 1 seed. Friday’s events include the 200 free and 800 free relay while Saturday is the 100 free and 400 free relay.

A live video by Swimming World Magazine can be found on the championship web site here.