I spoke with Nathan Adrian Thursday and he’s relaxed and
ready for the Pan Pacific championships next week in Irvine, Calif.
He sounded quite happy, and laughed when he said it would be hard
not to be happy staying at a really nice hotel where you are
treated like royalty.
Adrian also said the U.S. team has been fun to be with and
everybody gets along — good thing considering they’re in close
quarters for more than a week.
“There’s a spectrum of different people here,” he said.
As I was writing the story, I did some research from the
FINA website and checked out the world rankings
for 2010. Guess who’s No. 2, Dr. Evil?
Yup, Bremerton’s own. Adrian is ranked second behind Cesar Cielo
in the 50 and Alain Bernard of France in the 100. Neither of those
swimmers will be at Pan Pacs — that meet is between the U.S.,
Canada, Japan and Australia.
The meet will be broadcast live Aug. 18 on Universal Sports
(check your local TV listings) from 7-9:30 p.m. NBC will pick up
the broadcast, although it will be taped, on Aug. 21 from 1-3 p.m.,
and Aug. 22 from 2-3 p.m.
Nathan is swimming Thursday, Aug. 19, in the 100 free. The 50
free is Saturday. Prelims are at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
Swimnetwork.com is live streaming all sessions each