Adrian returns to Federal Way for winter nationals

Bremerton's Nathan Adrian celebrates after the first 50-meter freestyle semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Friday. Adrian set an American record in 21.37. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will swim for the first time at the KCAC in Federal Way since 2009. Adrian is just one of the headliners who will compete at the U.S. Winter Nationals, Dec. 3-5. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

It’s been a long time since Nathan Adrian of Bremerton has delighted his hometown fans by competing locally, but his appearance at the U.S. Winter Nationals Dec. 3-5 will end that drought. It’s the first time the Olympic champion will race in Washington since December of 2009 when he swam at the short-course nationals at the King County Aquatic Center in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events, winning both.

Adrian is scheduled to swim the 50 free on Thursday and the 100 free on Saturday.

Adrian is just one of the USA Swimming headliners to compete next week. Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers, Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin are also scheduled to compete. In total, more than 40 national team members are among the nearly 700 swimmers slated to swim.

Tickets are on sale now for the three-day event, which includes preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. All-session adult passes are $60 with single day and single-session passes available.

A live webcast of the entire meet will be available at and NBC will tape-delay the nationals on NBC Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10-11 a.m.