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Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian signs with Speedo

Bremerton native Nathan Adrian signed a multi-year contract with swimsuit manufacturer Speedo on Tuesday, marking the first endorsement contract for the 22-year-old.

Adrian’s incentive-laden contract extends past the 2016 Olympics and sets him up to continue to train at the University of California, where he lives. Adrian turned professional not long after his collegiate career ended earlier this year. 

He signed with Janey Miller of Octogan shortly after helping the Bears win their first NCAA Division I men’s swimming championship.

“It’s exciting. It’s an amazing opportunity that presented itself,” Adrian said of joining Speedo. “I’m thankful I have the opportunity to keep swimming past (my) NCAA eligibility.”

Adrian said the contract is based on performance and starts from “hardly making a living to making a pretty neat living, enough to buy a house.”

Speedo USA president John Gerson said: “We are thrilled to welcome Nathan to Team Speedo. The world took notice of Nathan after his remarkable swims these past few years and so did we. Speedo looks forward to working with him in the lead-up to London and beyond.”

Other Speedo endorsed swimmers include Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin and Eamon Sullivan of Australia.

Adrian has in the past worn several different suits, but is now committed to Speedo.

“Speedo makes a great suit, they always have,” he said. “Really, you can’t go wrong there.”

Last year, Adrian won national titles in the 50 and 100-meter freestyles and four fold medals at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. He won gold as the anchor on the 400 medley relay and bronze in the 400 free relay at the FINA world championships in Shanghai.

This year, Adrian won the 50 free at the nationals this past summer and is slated to swim at the upcoming winter nationals, Dec. 1-3 in Atlanta.

Adrian has been busy recently traveling. 

He spoke as a panelist of Olympic hopefuls for the Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and will be making a guest appearance, along with former Olympian Anthony Ervin, at the Pacific Swimming Diversity Committee’s Diversity Camp on Saturday in San Jose.

He’s planning on making two trips back to Bremerton during the holiday season, including hosting a swim clinic in Bellevue, and continues to train for the London Games.