Monthly Archives: March 2012

Adrian wins 50 free, sweeps sprints at Indy Grand Prix

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 afternoon.

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.


Catching up with some familiar faces

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 back-to-back titles.
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.

Adrian wins 100 free at Indy despite wardrobe malfunction

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 knees.

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.

Adrian top qualifier at Indy Grand Prix

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was the fastest qualifier in the 100-meter freestyle Thursday morning at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

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 Copeland.

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.

Adrian competing at Indy Grand Prix Thursday

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is one of several Team USA headliners that will compete today-Saturday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

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. will be livestreaming the prelims and finals. Prelims begin at 5:30 a.m. with finals at 3 p.m.

Pumas finalizing preseason schedule

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 like:

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 watch.


Pumas sign veteran goalkeeper Brim

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’s Adrian featured in Omaha newspaper

Bremerton Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian was featured in a story by Henry J. Cordes of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald Wednesday.

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.

Pumas close to announcing signings

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 know.