Adrian sweeps sprints at Mesa Grand Prix

In the fastest sprint event in swimming, known as the splash-and-dash, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle 21.73 at the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night.

Adrian’s time is the fifth-fastest time in the world so far this year and gave the Olympic gold medalist a sweep in the sprint events. He won the 100 free on Thursday.

In a race that is timed down to the hundredth of a second, Adrian’s shoulder-length lead was too large of a distance for runner up Roland Schoeman of South Africa to overcome. Schoeman finished in 22.19 and Josh Schneider was third in 22.24.

“Again, 21.7, great. Certainly happy with that,” Adrian said in an online post-race interview of his time. “Got to check it out on the video but I don’t think I had the best start in the world. Adrian was the second slowest off the block with a reaction time of .73 seconds. “I think my actual swimming (race) was pretty good.”