Adrian wins first career 200 free title at nationals

For the first time in his career, Nathan Adrian won the 200-yard freestyle at the Winter Nationals Friday at Greensboro, North Carolina. It was the Bremerton Olympic champion’s debut in the event. Adrian specializes in the sprints (50 and 100).

Adrian won in a personal-best time of 1 minute, 32.83. Michael Wynalda of Grandville, Michigan, was second in 1:33.95 while Josh Fleagle (St. Mary’s, Ohio) finished third in 1:34.33.

“That was a lot more of what I think that I need to be versus where I was about two weeks ago,” Adrian said. “I swam a lot more of my own race that time and I was happy about that.”

Adrian won the 50 free title on Thursday and will swim in the 100 free event on Saturday.