Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won his semifinal heat in the
100-meter freestyle and had the fastest qualifying time at the U.S.
Olympic trials Thursday evening.
He will take the No. 1 spot into Friday evening’s finals with a
time of 48.33 seconds. His time is one second off the American
record. Jimmy Feigen, swimming in the same heat as Adrian, is
second (48.48). Ryan Lochte tied Scot Robison for fifth in 48.91.
Robison was the surprise leader after the morning prelims.
Other finals qualifiers include Matt Grevers, who won the 100
backstroke to seal his trip to London, in 48.71, Ricky Berens
(48.85), Garrett Weber-Gale (48.98) and Cullen Jones claimed the
final spot (49.03).
Notables who did not make the finals include Jason Lezak, who
finished one spot out in ninth in 49.05. Lezak, as you might
remember, anchored the U.S. in the 400 free relay at the 2008
Olympics and came from behind to beat the French for the gold.
It’s possible Lochte could scratch the finals and that would put
Lezak into the finals. Lezak is also entered in the 50 free,
which begins Saturday.
Also, check out this swimmingworldmagazine.com video interview
of Nathan following the semifinals.