Talk about an eventful, and satisfying, meet.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle by .01
seconds over George Bovell at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Friday
Adrian touched the wall in 22.88 seconds. It’s the
fourth-fastest time in the world so far this year. Bovell had the
lead coming into the wall, but Adrian had a great finishing kick to
just out-touch Bovell at the wall. Former Olympic champion Anthony
Ervin was third in 22.24.
Adrian beat Michael Phelps in the 100 freestyle
Thursday, despite his swim trunks ripping in the back as he bent over
on the blocks. Thanks to the rip, Adrian has been all over the
internet, garnering plenty of attention.
Here’s a funny story out of Arizona about how Willie Bloomquist’s teammates like to take
advantage of his temper.
Poulsbo’s supercross star Ryan Villopoto is close to winning
South Kitsap product Aaron Cunningham is in the running for a bench spot in Cleveland.
South Kitsap’s Jason Hammel is in Baltimore this year, and his last
spring training start went well.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian managed to come up all smiles after
winning the 100 freestyle at the Indy Grand Prix Thursday
afternoon, despite his jammer suit ripping in the back.
Adrian joins a none-too-illustrious group that have had their
suits rip during competition — most notable Texas product Ricky Berens at the 2009
World Championships and Italy’s Flavia Zoccari at the Mediterranean
Games also in 2009 — but those were in the now-banned,
full-body polyurethane (rubber) suits.
Adrian’s suit is a textile suit and goes from his waist to his
After touching the wall in a time of 48.62 to set a meet record
(Michael Phelps held the record at 48.89) and was laughing when a
meet official handed him a towel. Adrian put the towel on before
getting out of the pool and gave a thumbs-up sign to his fans,
flashing a big grin.
The towel slipped off during an on-deck, post-race interview and
Adrian could do nothing but re-wrap the towel, laugh again, and
finished the interview.
Phelps finished a close second in 48.74 and Darian Townsend was
third in 49.14.
Adrian will be back in the pool Friday in the 50 free.
USAswimming is live streaming the grand prix
with prelims at 5:30 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m.
Also, here’s a link to a video and story referring to Nathan at the Indy
meet by Channel 13 in Indiana.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was the fastest qualifier in the
100-meter freestyle Thursday morning at the Indianapolis Grand
Adrian’s time of 49.04 seconds put him ahead of Darian Townsend,
49.52, and David Walter, 49.76. Also qualifying for the finals was
Michael Phelps, who slid into the seventh spot in 50.16.
Notable names who did not qualify for the finals include Ryan
Lochte, Cullen Jones, Anthony Ervin, who is on the comeback trail,
Josh Schneider and Adrian’s former California teammate William
Most of the big names are competing at the event, which could be
one of the fastest grand prix meets to date as the Olympic swim
trials are just about three months away.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is one of several Team USA headliners
that will compete today-Saturday at the Indianapolis Grand
Adrian is seeded No. 1 in the 100-meter freestyle, just .03
seconds ahead of Michael Phelps, and is the second seed in the 50
free. The 100 free is Thursday and the 50 free is Friday.
USAswimming.org will be livestreaming the
prelims and finals. Prelims begin at 5:30 a.m. with finals at 3
The Kitsap Pumas are putting the finishing touches on their
preseason schedule. The 2012 Premier Development League champions
are going to play at least five games in April. The club is still
figuring out game times, but here is what the schedule looks
April 11: Kitsap at Thurston Co. Premier FC
April 14: Kitsap at Bellingham
April 21: Peninsula CC at Kitsap (Gordon Field)
April 24: Trinity Lutheran at Kitsap (Gordon Field)
April 29: Kitsap at St. Martins
Kitsap owner Robin Waite said these games are open to the
public, so if you’ve got the time, feel free to show up and
Spending the 2011 Premier Development League season as an
assistant coach for the Kitsap Pumas, Dustyn Brim is ready to take
the field again.
Kitsap coach James Ritchie said Friday that Brim has signed a
contract with club for the 2012 season. The defending PDL champion
Pumas begin play May 4 at Vancouver.
“We’re very, very excited to get him back,” Ritchie said. “We think
he’s a top class goalkeeper.”
Brim, who was one of the first players to sign with Kitsap when the
Pumas joined the PDL in 2009, served as the team’s starting
goalkeeper his first two seasons.
Two back surgeries forced him out of action last year. He served as
an assistant coach, along with Ritchie and Justin Stoddard. Brim is
also head coach for Kitsap’s indoor soccer team.
Bremerton Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian was featured in a
story by Henry J. Cordes of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald
Here’s the link to the story.
Omaha will again host the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, June 25-July
2. It’s the same venue where Adrian earned a spot on the 2008
Olympic team and won a gold medal in Beijing as a member of the 400
free relay preliminary team.
Talked with Kitsap Pumas owner Robin Waite and head coach James
Ritchie today, and both said the team is in the process of signing
players for the upcoming Premier Development League season.
Ritchie said several players have signed contracts and paperwork
has been sent to the United Soccer Leagues. As soon as the
paperwork is approved, the team will be able to announce the
signings. That could come as early as Friday.
If and when I find out about these signings, I’ll let everyone
That’s right. The Kitsap Pumas will play one game at the home of
the Tacoma Rainiers — Cheney Stadium — on June 15 against the
Sounders U23s (formerly Tacoma Tide). Here’s a link to the