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.