He won’t be playing along side David Beckham and the Los Angeles
Galaxy, but former Kitsap Pumas player Leon Abravanel is a member
of the Los Angeles Blues, who will make their debut in USL PRO this
Abravanel, who is listed as a defender on the Blues’ roster,
played with Kitsap in 2009. He didn’t see much action until the end
of the season, then had a tryout with Major League Soccer’s Real
He’s the third former Kitsap player to land in USL PRO — a
league two tiers below MLS and one tier above the Premier
Development League, where the Pumas play — in recent weeks.
Kitsap’s third-string goalie last season Derby Carrillo signed with
New York, while 2010 defender Jamel Wallace signed with
Abravanel, Carrillo and Wallace didn’t necessarily make a lot of
noise during their time with Kitsap (Carrillo didn’t play at all
and Wallace was a part-time starter toward the end of last season).
But they’ve obviously done enough — and know enough of the right
people — to get a chance to play with some bigger clubs.
It still makes me wonder why some of Kitsap’s more well-known
players aren’t catching on at the next level. … Anybody???
For those like me who are waiting to hear who’ll be playing for
the Kitsap Pumas this season, you’re going to have to wait a bit
Kitsap executive director Ben Pecora told me today the team is
still working on player signings — “negotiations are ongoing” — but
there’s no news to report yet.
I’m guessing we’ll start getting some information next week. The
team is scheduled the train Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which
should give coach Peter Fewing some added time to look at some
Regarding the goalkeeping battle, it sounds like the Pumas are
still deciding between Dustyn Brim and Garrett Staples. Both are
overage players and the team can probably only afford to keep one
I chatted with Staples briefly today. He said expects a decision to
be made toward the end of training next week.
Staples said if he doesn’t make the squad over Brim, the team’s No.
1 keeper the past two seasons, he’d rather know sooner than later
so he can explore other opportunities.
I’ve got a call in with defender Daniel Scott, who didn’t attend
the team’s invitational tryout session last weekend at Battle Point
Park on Bainbridge Island.
Scott recently tried out for NSC Minnesota of the North American
Soccer League, but didn’t receive a contract offer.
Despite missing tryouts, it sounds like it’s still in the mix for
A regular feature in the swimming world — is Bob Schaller’s 20
Question Tuesday — the former swimnetwork.com spotlight on national
team swimmers. Swimnetwork.com recently merged with USA
Swimming.com, and you can still read Mike Gustafson’s articles
Schaller, who has featured Bremerton Olympic sisters Tara and
Dana Kirk as well as Bainbridge’s Emily Silver in the past,
spoke with Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian.
Adrian, as any of you who read this blog regularly knows the Cal
senior helped the Bears to their first NCAA swimming & diving
championship last weekend. He also won the 50 and 100-yard
freestyle and ended his collegiate career with 12 NCAA titles.
Schaller is a great interviewer, and was able to get Nathan to
go in-depth on several questions.
Here’s an excerpt:
Bob: How much do your teammates mean to you? It seems
like a freakishly close-knit group, even a family. Is that
Nathan: It’s pretty wild to be part of a team like
this. I never fully understood it until about last year when I
realized what a group of people we had. After the (last) relay
(this year), some of the guys had tears in our eyes. It’s
unbelievable to think that just a few years ago I walked onto Cal’s
pool deck as a kid, with no idea of what a swim team really could
be. We showed ourselves with these last couple of years what a team
can be. It’s fun to look back on all the memories, whether it was
PAC 10s or driving to the USC meet – we drive to USC, we don’t fly.
And that’s a long bus ride going through Grapevine. I think about
our training camps at the (Olympic Training Center) in Colorado
Springs, where you are sort of stuck in a dungeon for two weeks
with just the guys, the pool and the cafeteria. It’s a special
It came down to the final race and Nathan Adrian brought home an
NCAA swimming and diving championship to California after anchoring
the 400 free relay on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
The Bears won the 400 relay in two minutes, 47.39 seconds.
Cal won the team title with 493 points, holding off Texas, 470.5
and Stanford, 403. It was a near Pac-10 sweep as Arizona finished
It’s the first team championship for Cal since it won
back-to-back titles in 1979 and 1980.
Adrian was named the swimmer of the meet and set a pool record
in winning the 100 free earlier in the meet in 41.10 seconds, just
off his personal best of 41.08 set in 2009. It was also the
third-best time ever in NCAA history. Adrian is one of seven
swimmers to win the event at least three times, joining former
California greats Matt Biondi (1985-87) and Anthony Ervin
Adrian, a senior and Bremerton native, will likely turn pro in
the coming weeks.
He will swim later this summer in the world long-course
championships in Shanghai, China, and is already considered the
United States best hope in winning an Olympic gold medal in the 100
in London in 2012.
California senior Nathan Adrian won his third straight 100-yard
freestyle title at the NCAA swimming and diving championships at
the University of Minnesota Saturday. Adrian won in 41.10 seconds,
holding off Jimmy Feigen in 41.66. It was the third fastest time in
The Bremerton native, who qualified as the eighth seed from the
preliminaries, said in a post-race interview on ESPN3.com that strategy
came into play in order to gain a clean outside lane. Adrian’s
teammate Graeme Moore swam next to him in Lane 7.
“It’s really fun swimming next to him,” Adrian said of his close
The win helped California gain a slightly bigger lead over Texas
in the team standings, 387 to 377.5 but the title will likely be
won in the 400 free relay.
ESPN analyst and former sprint Olympian Rowdy Gaines always
seems to enjoy watching Adrian swim.
“This guy is so incredible to watch,” Gaines said during the
Adrian will also swim the 400 free relay and is the likely
choice to be the anchor for Cal. Check back for an update soon.
Two-time defending champion Nathan Adrian barely qualified for
the finals of the 100-yard freestyle at the NCAA Swimming and
Diving championships Saturday morning.
Adrian, a Bremerton native, had the top seed heading into the
preliminaries in 41.75, but swam a surprising 42.39 in his heat to
qualify eighth — the final spot in the finals. Adam Brown of Auburn
had the day’s top time in 41.75. Jimmy Feigen of Texas qualified
second in 42.01.
Adrian will now swim in an outside lane, something that has been
to his benefit in the past. He swam in Lane 8 at the U.S. trials
for the 2008 Olympics and went on to win a gold medal as part of
the 400 free relay in Beijing.
Speaking of the relay, Adrian and teammates Graeme Moore, Tom
Shields and Josh Daniels notched the top time in the prelims in two
minutes, 49.61 seconds. Auburn qualified a close second in
In the relay, Adrian swam an opening leg of 42.19, still not
close to his best time.
You can bet Adrian will be determined to overcome his bad swim
and earn his third straight 100 free championship later tonight.
I’ve seen him have times like this, where you wonder if something’s
the matter, but Adrian and Cal coach Dave Durden know what they’re
doing and it’s quite possible they are saving him for tonight.
Basically, the plan was just do enough to qualify (although I still
don’t think the eighth spot is something either had in mind) and be
fresh for tonight as the Bears are looking to win their first NCAA
title since 1980. Moore also qualified for the 100 free finals,
giving Cal two finalists.
The finals begin at 5 p.m. and ESPN3.com is live streaming the meet. I’ll also
blog about the race and you can read a full story on kitsapsun.com
California’s 200-yard medley relay made it look easy and it was
Nathan Adrian who swam the anchor leg to give the Bears a win to
open the NCAA swimming and diving championships at the University
of Minnesota moments ago.
Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graham Moore and Adrian finished in
one minute, 23.12 seconds to repeat as champions.
California senior and Bremerton native Nathan Adrian advanced to
Friday night’s finals in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA
Swimming and Diving championships at the University of Minnesota in
Adrian, who set an American record in the 50 free
Thursday, touched the wall in 45.89 seconds, to qualify sixth.
Adrian said earlier this week that his goal was to make the finals
in order to gain more points for Cal, which was sitting in third
place in the team standings after the first day of the meet.