Adrian tops prelim swim in 100 free

Continuing his fast swim from Sunday’s 400-meter freestyle relay leg, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was the fastest qualifier in the 100 freestyle early Tuesday morning at the Olympic Aquatic Center in London.

Adrian’s time of 48.19 for the top seed heading into the semifinals. His time was close to his textile-best 48.05 from the 2011 World Championships. Adrian swam the lead-off leg in the 400 free relay in a time of 47.89 to help Team USA win a silver medal.

South Africa’s Gideon Louw was second in prelims in 48.29, followed by Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren (48.37), Australia’s James Magnussen qualified fourth (48.38). Also making the top eight were Canada’s Brent Hayden (48.53), Cayman Island’s Brett Fraser (48.54), Belgium’s Pieter Timmers (48.54) and Russia’s Nikita Lobintsev (48.60).

Other semifinalists include Team USA’s Cullen Jones (48.61), who qualified 10th, and defending Olympic bronze medalist and world-record holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil tied with Poland’s Konrad Czerniak in 48.67. France’s Yannick Agnel (48.93), Fabien Gilot (48.95), Cuba’s Hanser Garcia (48.97) and Cayman Island’s Shaune Fraser (49.99) also qualified.

The semifinals will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday live at It will be re-broadcast during NBC’s tape delayed coverage starting at 12:30 p.m.

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