Adrian wins 100 free, qualifies for London OlympicsJune 29th, 2012 by Annette Griffus
Nathan Adrian. Two-time Olympian.
The Bremerton native did what was expected Friday night and won the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb.
Adrian finished in 48.10 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year, and was pushed in the last 50 meters by Cullen Jones. Jones touched the wall in second in 48.46 to guarantee a spot to London as well.
Adrian was relieved to have solidified his spot on the team — something that was expected all along. Adrian said while he’s a full second behind world-record holder James Magnusson of Australia (47.10), the point of the trials is to make the team; not set records.
“In terms of speed it’s all kind of irrelevant at this point,” he said. “Given different circumstances I think I could have probably gotten under 48 seconds, but again, I got on that team.”
You can see a video of Nathan talking about what it means to represent the USA at world competitions here.