Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pumas Lose 2-1 to Ventura County

Updated 5:36 p.m.

Ventura County scored off a free kick two minutes into injury time to claim a 2-1 win over the Kitsap Pumas in today’s Premier Development League quarterfinal game in Laredo, Texas.

Max Lipset’s header off a Stephen Mohn throw-in found the back of the net in the 45th minute as the Kitsap Pumas went into halftime tied 1-1 at halftime.

Kitsap went down on a counterattack goal by VC in the 27th minute, but managed to tie it up right before halftime.

-Jeff Graham

Aussie Sullivan Out of Worlds

Former sprint freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan of Australia pulled out of the upcoming world championships in Rome later this month.

Sullivan has been battling a virus, which forced him out of two recent events, and will undergo more tests in Australia. The 23-year-old was entered in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won both the 50 and 100 this week at the U.S. nationals in Indianapolis. 

With neither Sullivan, nor Michael Phelps swimming in the 100 free, it opens the door for Adrian. Phelps pulled out of the 100 free at nationals because of a stiff neck. He is swimming in the 100 butterfly, 200 fly, 200 free and will likely swim in three relays.

Cullen Jones set an American record in the 50 free on Saturday at nationals, in 21.41 seconds, faster than Adrian’s time of 21.52 he had in winning the 50 on Thursday.

The swimming championships begin July 26-Aug. 2.

UPDATE: Adrian Fastest Qualifier in 100 Free

UPDATE: The 100 free is scheduled as the first race of the night, so Nathan will be swimming at 3 p.m. (local).

Adrenaline is an amazing thing.

Still feeding off his remarkable win in the 50 freestyle Thursday night, Nathan Adrian claimed the top seed in the 100 free during Friday’s morning prelims.

The Bremerton native was the fastest qualifier with a time of 48.10 at the U.S. nationals in Indianapolis. David Walters was the second fastest qualifier in 48.46, followed by Garrett Weber-Gale in 48.52. Adrian’s time was only .10 seconds off going a sub-48 second for the first time in his career.

I will update this post with the schedule of events for tonight’s finals when they are available. And if you missed watching Nathan’s 50 free race, it’s now posted on, or you can watch it here.

UPDATE: Michael Phelps was supposed to swim in the 100 free, but he dropped out because of a sore neck. You can read about it here. Also, here’s what Weber-Gale said on his Tweet post from this morning:

“Decent morning. Got some things to make better for tonight. About to get a message.”

It’s Official Now for Adrian

With his win Thursday in the 50 free, Nathan Adrian officially added his name to the U.S. roster for the world championships.

You can check out the roster here on USA Swimming’s web site. He can qualify for his second individual event by finishing 1-2 in the 100 free Friday. Check back on this blog for an update after morning prelims and a live thread of the race in the evening.

The top 6 qualifiers in the 100 make the world team, but the top 2 earn the right to swim it as an individual event, not on a relay.

Swimming Nationals Live Thread

Wow! And to think he has to do it all again tomorrow in the 100 free. Tune in again tomorrow for another live thread.

UPDATE: Nathan’s time was 21.54, the first time he’s gone sub-22 seconds and as the winner, he got the interview on camera following the race. He was all smiles. Bremerton, add another world team member to your resume!

UPDATE: (4:05): They are in the water and it’s a dead heat with NATHAN ADRIAN COMING IN AT TOUCHING THE WALL AND GETTING THE WIN!!!

UPDATE: Looks like Nathan is wearing the new Jaked01 full suit, as a lot of swimmers are. He’s in Lane 2.

UPDATE: Here we go! The finals of the 50 with introductions is up next.

UPDATE: The consolation finals of the men’s 50 free is getting underway. I wonder what Nathan is thinking in the back room right now?

UPDATE: Proving once again she still has what it takes to perform, Dara Torres won the 50 free and secured a spot to the world championships in Rome in two weeks.

UPDATE: We’re getting closer to Nathan’s race. The women’s 50 free is coming up next…stay tuned.

UPDATE: Was there any doubt? Phelps set the world record in the 100 fly, pulling away from the field to finish in 50.22. That’s two for Phelps so far this week. Piersol was third.

UPDATE: Don’t forget. NBC will show the nationals on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s tape delayed, and edited. But, if you weren’t able to watch the races so far, check your TV schedule this weekend. We’re almost underway in the finals of the 100 fly with Aaron Peirsol and Michael Phelps going head-to-head. A new world record could be moments away.

UPDATE (3:19): I have to say, watching the 100 breast was tough without Tara Kirk in the mix. Coming up next is the men’s 100 butterfly.

UPDATE (3:10) The first final of the night is over and its the 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni coming away with the win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.34, a new American record.

So here we go with Thursday’s finals from Indianapolis.

The schedule of events have been posted and Nathan Adrian is swimming in the 50 free at 3:55 p.m., so we have less than an hour before the Bremertonian swims.

I will update periodically on swims until then. Right now, it’s the women’s 100 breaststroke consolation finals (two heats) then the main finals.

Nathan Adrian Qualifies for 50 Free Finals

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton will swim in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle tonight at the U.S. Nationals after posting a time of 22.00 seconds in the final preliminary heat this morning in Indianapolis.

Adrian, who lowered his time by .01 seconds, will get his first shot at qualifying for the U.S. world team in the will webcast the finals live beginning at 3 p.m. (local). 

Top qualifier Cullen Jones narrowly missed setting an American record in the prelims, with a time of 21.54. Other qualifiers are; Cesar Cielo (21.71), James Feigen (21.92), Nicholas Brunelli (21.94), Garrett Weber-Gale (21.99), Sabir Muhammad (22.08) and Matthew Grevers (22.12).

Garrett-Weber Gale is the current American record-holder in long course meters, while Adrian holds the American and world record in the event in short-course meters. is predicting a 1-2 finish between Jones and Adrian. You can read about it here. Nathan’s seed time should put him in one of the outer lanes, I’m guessing Lane 6. The reason I mention it is because he does very well from the outside lanes. He swam in Lane 8 at the Olympic Trials last year, and has won major meets swimming in the outer lanes. So I’d look for him to contend very strongly in the ‘splash-and-dash’ this afternoon. It is, however, a race that is very hard to call because the times are so close and there is no strategy in the 50 — if you look closely, you’ll see the racers not raise their heads to take a breath, or do it at the most just once.

It should be a fun race!