Nathan Adrian given hero’s welcome in Bremerton

Bremerton’s version of The Beatles were in town Monday.

OK, it would be one Beatle and it would be multiple-Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian.

I don’t think the adjective fervor describes the intensity to which the strapping 6-foot-6 swimmer received when he was introduced to the public in a welcome-home fete at Bremerton High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Ardor? Zeal? Those come close.

IMG_6882Receiving nearly the same amount of applause were his parents, Jim and Cecilia, who have picked up some worldwide notoriety thanks to their youngest son; older brother Justin and his wife Hilary and their toddler daughter and soon-to-be-born second child, and older sister Donella and her husband Barry and their three children were also on hand.

IMG_6886Adrian was given a key to the city by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, and Bremerton High swim team captain Nathan Rubie, a state participant himself, also presented Adrian with a Knights’ swim team t-shirt.IMG_6883

Remarks were given by Bremerton School District superintendent Aaron Leavell, new principal Monica Sweet and Adrian’s former age-group swim coach at Olympic Aquatic Club Bonnie Burmaster. IMG_6885

On hand were nearly 1,200 fans, former teachers, community members who wanted a chance to greet Adrian. IMG_6887