Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian wins easily at Santa Clara Grand Prix

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian continued his dominance in the 100-meter freestyle Friday at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara, Calif.

Adrian set a meed record in 48.08 seconds, the fourth fastest time in the world this year. Ryan Lochte placed second in 49.53 and Conor Dwyer was third in 49.59.

Adrian has not lost a long-course 100 freestyle since he finished sixth in at the 2011 world championships in Shanghei, China.

Adrian’s personal best is 47.52, set at the 2012 London Olympics when he won gold.

He will swim Saturday in the 50 free. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m. The meet will be livestreamed at, with the finals live on Universal Sports Network.

The meet is the final tune-up for the upcoming national championships, which also serves as USA Swimming’s world championship trials.

BISC’s Campbell named to Western Zone Select Camp

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell was selected to USA Swimming’s 2013 Western Zone Select Camp, Thursday-Sunday at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Campbell, 13, was selected as one of several emerging athletes to the national scene from the local zone. Campbell was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 100-freestyle as a 12-year-old last year. She’s also won PNS and age-group titles. Campbell also holds nine of 13 PNS records this year.

Joining Campbell are Lindsay Seidner (Olympic Cascade Aquatics), Thomas Anderson (King Aquatic Club), Aaron Elhaff (Bellevue Club Swim Team) and Tim Kralj (Gold’s Aquatic Club).

Nathan Adrian featured in Splash Magazine

If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you’re a Nathan Adrian fan.

Bremerton’s Olympic champion has become one of the world’s swimming elite after his dramatic win at last year’s London Olympics in the 100-meter freestyle.

In the latest issue of Splash Magazine, Adrian talks about his past success and ultra-competitive nature in “Lessons from the Masters: Nathan Adrian and the 100 free.”

USA Swimming correspondent Mike Watkins had this story on Nathan, a more in-depth feature that goes with the magazine article.

Nathan is set to compete this weekend in the Santa Clara Grand Prix, the final tune-up for the summer nationals/world championship trials.

Oh and by the way, I watched that race again and it still gives me chills. Just incredible.

Nathan Adrian set to compete at Santa Clara meet

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Bremerton’s Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian will compete in the final stop of the Arena Grand Prix Series Thursday-Sunday in Santa Clara.

Adrian will swim his specialties — the sprint freestyles — in a star-studded field that includes Olympic champions Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Dana Vollmer, Allison Schmitt, Cullen Jones and Tyler Clary.

International swimmers, like Brazil’s Cesar Cielo, will also be competing.

Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. (except for Thursday’s 4 p.m. finals).

Finals on Friday and Saturday will air live on Universal Sports Network and a live webcast of the meet can be seen via

The meet is the last long-course meet the majority of USA swimmers will compete in until the World Championship Trials later in June.


OAC’s Crane wins 100 fly at Sockeye Spring Open

Olympic Aquatic Club’s Kelsey Crane won the 100-yard butterfly at the Sockeye Spring Open last weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Crane finished in a time of 1 minute, 8.19 seconds in the 16-year-old division. She was also second in the 100 freestyle, 1:03.69, 200 fly, 2:34:32, and 200 individual medley, 2:32.95. Crane was third in the 200 free in 2:18.69.

Ross Burchell placed second in the boys 12-year-old division in the 800 free.

Here’s how OAC swimmers fared:

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WAC reinstates men’s swimming and diving

The Western Athletic Conference announced Thursday it will be adding men’s swimming and diving for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

The WAC already has three schools that have the sport — Seattle University, California State University-Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. Joining them will be affiliate members Air Force, UNLV, North Dakota and Wyoming. That will give the conference seven teams for the new season. North Dakota already has a women’s program.

“We are excited about the reinstatement of men’s swimming and diving to the Western Athletic Conference,” said Jeff Hurd, WAC interim commissioner. “We look forward to one of our original sports returning to the WAC and watching these teams work toward winning a conference championship.”

The WAC championship meet will be Feb. 26-March 1 at Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio and it will be combined with the women’s programs.

Bainbridge’s Lindley finishes USMS Nationals meet

Bainbridge Aquatic Masters club swimmer Jane Lindley has completed her events at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Indianapolis this weekend.

Lindley, who is competing in the 50-54 age division, finished 12th in the 50-meter backstroke in 35.55 seconds; 13th in the 50 butterfly in 35.04; and 14th in the 100 freestyle in one minute, 5.32 seconds.

She placed 11th in Sunday’s 50 freestyle in 29.48.

Bainbridge native and Olympic silver medalist Emily Silver is also at the nationals, but she’s not competing. Silver is there with and has been on hand to present gold medals, along with Olympic champion Jason Lezak, and working with USMS on video recaps of the meet. Emily is doing a good job and becoming quite a talented sideline reporter.


BAM’s Lindley headed to U.S. Masters nationals

First off, I’m sorry I have posted in a while, but as the high school playoffs heat up around here my time becomes very limited. I’ll do my best to be more diligent.

That said, I wanted to take a moment to write about a local masters swimmer who will be heading to the United States Masters Spring National Championships, Friday-Sunday at Indianapolis’ Natatorium — which looks a LOT like KCAC in Federal Way.

Jane Lindley
Jane Lindley

Bainbridge Aquatic Masters swimmer Jane Lindley will be competing in her second national championships.

I’ll have a story on her, her training/diet and what she hopes to accomplish at nationals in Friday’s edition, but also wanted to post her schedule here.

Lindley, who has a swim blog of her own at, will swim in the 50-meter backstroke on Friday at 7:45 a.m. Pacific. She will compete in the 100 freestyle Saturday at 7:50 a.m. and the 50 butterfly at 8:50 a.m. and finish her individual events in the 50 free on Sunday at 11:10 a.m.

She is joined by 35 other Puget Sound masters swimmers and will swim in relays as well.

The website will be livestreaming the meet, so you can watch Lindley at the times listed above.