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.

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