Monthly Archives: November 2014

Young Kerns breaks 40-year-old Bremerton Y records

Brendan Kerns, 10, who swims for the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team set his 17th and 18th team records at the November Age Group Invite at the Curtis High School pool last weekend.

Kerns broke Chuck Talcott’s 41-year record in the 50-yard breastroke in 39.10 seconds and the 50 butterfly record in 32.78, which had been held by Kenny Smith from 1977 in 32.90.

According to Greg Mackem, the assistant aquatics director for YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, “there have been no other swimmers on the team since it was reformed almost four years ago that have broken records which stood as long as those, nor have any swimmers set as many team records as Brendan.”

YMCA teammate Valencia Tang nearly broke the team record in the 50 fly. Her time of 30.71 was just off the record of 30.59, set in 1984 by Julie Richardson, who was a standout at Olympic High and Puget sound Swim club.

Also, I’ll note that Kerns is listed among the top 25 for his age group in the Pacific Northwest in the 50 breaststroke, the 100 breast, the 50 butterfly, and the 100 fly.

Adrian, Ledecky highlight winter nationals

Gold medalists Nathan Adrian and Katie Ledecky will compete at USA Swimming’s winter nationals at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina next week.

More than 800 swimmers are expected to participate in the meet, Dec. 3-6. Prelims are at 6 a.m. Pacific with finals at 2 p.m. Also expected to join Adrian and Ledecky are Andrew Gemmell, Connor Jaeger, Cullen Jones and Micah Lawrence.

Adrian holds the American record in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. He is coming off a Golden Goggles appearance where he was nominated along with his teammates for relay performance of the year in the 400 medley relay from the Pan Pacific Championships.
Ledecky won three Golden Goggles Monday in New York.

A live webcast of the meet can be found at

Also, here’s extra footage from Nathan at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis where he talks about his 200 free race strategy. And, how he felt about his 50 free time.

Bremerton’s Adrian completes freestyle sweep at Arena GP

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton swept the freestyles at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis Saturday.

Adrian, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, won the 100-yard freestyle in 41.49 seconds. He won the 50 free on Friday. Spain’s Miguel Ortiz-Canavate was second in 42.65 and Great Britain’s James Disney-May was third in 42.81.

Winners earn $1,000 while $600 is awarded to second place and $200 for third.

Nathan Adrian wins 50 free at Arena GP

Here’s the story from the Associated Press on Nathan’s win in the 50 freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nathan Adrian won the 50-yard freestyle in under 19 seconds in the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Adrian was a half-second ahead of the rest of the field. Bruno Frautus of Brazil was second in 19.33, and Miguel Ortiz Canavate of Spain took third in 19.42.

“Anytime I get under 19, I’m pretty happy about it,” Adrian said. “There are a couple details I can shore up in there and find a couple hundredths here or there, and hopefully I get 18.7, maybe even 18.6 by the end of the year.”

Elizabeth Beisel and Tyler Clary each earned a second win in the meet, while fellow Olympians Caitlin Leverenz and Connor Jaeger won their events.

Beisel led all the way in the 500 free, touching in 4 minutes, 37 seconds. Clary won the 200 butterfly in 1:44.73.

Leverenz won the women’s 200 fly in 1:54.34. Maya DiRado was second in 1:54.97, while Beisel and Katie McLaughlin tied for third in 1:55.15.

Jaeger won the 500 free in 4:15.05, while Clary was second in 4:18.45.

Other winners were: Margo Geer in the 50 free; Beata Nelson in the 100 backstroke; BJ Johnson in the men’s 200 breaststroke; Junya Koga of Japan in the 100 back; Kierra Smith of Canada in the 200 breast.

The three-day, short-course yards meet ends Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

I also found a link to watch the race here and here’s the link for the 200 free final from Thursday where Nathan finished second

Adrian second in 200 free at Arena GP in Minneapolis

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian finished second in the 200-yard freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis Thursday.

Adrian, who races for California Aquatics, finished behind North Baltimore’s Conor Dwyer, who led from start to finish in the short-course race, in 1 minute, 34.87 seconds. Dwyer won in 1:33:69 and Tyler Clary of SwimMAC was third in 1:34.97.

Adrian still holds the Washington state high school record in the event, set Feb. 18, 2006 in 1:37.17.

Adrian is slated to swim in the 50 free Friday and 100 free on Saturday.

Also, Adrian’s coach Dave Durden of California-Berkeley, was named the head coach for the men’s team for the world championships in Russia next year. Mike Bottom coached Adrian in his first year at Cal and at The Race Club prior to Adrian qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Here’s the story from the Associated Press;

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Swimming has chosen its coaching staffs for three major international meets next year, with Dave Durden of California and Dave Salo of Southern California leading the teams for the world championships in Russia.

Durden will coach the U.S. men at the world meet in Kazan, while Salo will oversee the women’s team during the Aug. 2-9 competition.

Jason Turcotte of Dynamo Swim Club will coach the U.S. men at the Pan American Games in Toronto, while Matt Kredich of Tennessee will guide the women during the July 14-18 meet.

Mike Bottom of Michigan will coach the men’s team and Ray Looze of Indiana will oversee the women at the World University Games in South Korea from July 4-11.

Adrian, Dwyer, Clary to headline Arena GP in Minnesota

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is one of several Olympians who will swim at the first Arena Grand Prix meet of the year, Nov. 20-22, in Minneapolis.

Also swimming at the short-course meet is Tyler Clary, Conor Dwyer, Caitlin Leverenz, Elizabeth Beisel and more.

Arena just upped the prize money for this season, which you can read about here, with winners snagging $1,000, $600 for second and $200 for third place.

Adrian officially named to USA Swimming roster

I’m a little late on posting this, but Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was officially named to the USA Swimming roster for the 2015 FINA World Championships.

The championships are scheduled for Aug. 2-9 in Kazan, Russia.

Adrian swims in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

You can check out the complete roster here.


Arena doubles Grand Prix prize money

The Arena Grand Prix Series will have twice the amount of prize money available to winners this season.

The series, which kicks off Nov. 20-22 at the GP at Minneapolis, will feature $300,000 in overall prize money. Swimmers earn awards for top-three finishes in all individual Olympic events in the series and $1,000 will be given to first place, $600 for second and $200 for third. The overall male and female winners of the series will earn a $10,000 bonus.

Here’s the schedule;

Nov. 20-22 at Minneapolis, Jan. 15-17 at Austin, Feb. 12-14 at Orlando, April 15-18 at Mesa, Arizona, May 14-17 at Charlotte, June 18-21 at Santa Clara.