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Nathan Adrian posts in-season best time at Mare Nostrum

Nathan Adrian claimed his third 100 freestyle title in the final leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday.

Adrian, who has won five events so far in the three-city European tour, posted an in-season best time of 48.08 seconds. The time puts him third overall this year in the world behind Australians James Magnussen (47.59) and Cameron McAvoy (47.65). Hanser Garcia Hernandez of Cuba finished second in the event in 49.05 followed by Andrey Grechin of Russia in 49.14.

Next up is the 50 free. Nathan has won the other two splash-and-dash events in Monaco and France and will look to make it a clean sweep on Sunday.

Like I said before, I wouldn’t bet against him even if the field is as tight as it is.

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100 freestyle Saturday in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mare Nostrum series. (Rafael Domeyko,
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100 freestyle Saturday in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mare Nostrum series.
(Rafael Domeyko,

Adrian set to cap off Mare Nostrum in Spain

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will look to finish off the final sprint freestyle events with two more victories in the Mare Nostrum Series Saturday and Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.

Adrian, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, has won the first two legs of the three-city European swimming meet, sweeping the 50 and 100 freestyles in Monte Carlo and Canet, France. Adrian is seeded second in the 100 free in 47.84 seconds, behind Russia’s Andrey Grechin in 47.59.

The 50 free is tight, with Florent Manaudou coming in as the top seed in 21.34, followed by Anthony Ervin in 21.42 and Adrian in 21.47. Cullen Jones is seeded fourth in 21.54, followed by Fabian Gilot, 21.75 and Russia’s Anthony Grechin, 21.82. Anyone of those swimmers can win the event, so it’s not a given Nathan will win all three stages of the series.

But, I wouldn’t bet against him.

Adrian sweeps second leg of Mare Nostrum series

This is becoming redundant.

And I’m OK with that.

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian swept the second leg of the Mare Nostrum series with a win in the 100 freestyle on Thursday. Adrian, who is the defending Olympic champion in the event, won the freestyle in 48.43 seconds in Canet, France.

Hanser Garcia Hernandez of Cuba was second in 48.77 and Konrad Czerniak of Poland was third in 49.07. Garcia Hernandez was the top seed after the morning prelims while Adrian was seeded third.

Adrian won the sprint freestyles in the opening leg of the series in Monte Carlo.

The series will move to the final leg on Saturday-Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.

Nathan Adrian continues to win at Mare Nostrum

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Bremerton continued his dominance in the 50-meter freestyle with his second win in the event in the Mare Nostrum series on Wednesday.

Adrian, who swims for Cal Aquatics, won the 50 and 100 free in the first stop of the series in Monte Carlo, Monaco, last week, and he cruised to the wall in Canet, France, in 21.68 Wednesday. He was the lone swimmer to come in under 22 seconds. France’s Florent Manaudou finished second in 22.00 and Anthony Ervin, Adrian’s training partner was third in 22.21.

With his win Wednesday, Adrian has earned $1,258.59 so far in the three-city European tour.

The 100 free is Thursday. The series concludes June 14-15 in Barcelona, Spain.


Adrian sweeps first leg of Mare Nostrum

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian made it a clean sweep after the first leg of the Mare Nostrum Series when he won the 50 freestyle on Sunday in Monte Carlo.

Nathan Adrian swept the sprint freestyles in the first leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco last weekend. (Patrick B. Kraemer, Big Splash)

Adrian’s time of 22.66 was fast enough to put him into the top eve in the world this year. Cesar Cielo of Brazil holds the fastest time right now at 21.39, followed by Bruno Fratus of Brazil (21.45), Vladimir Morozov (21.55) of Russia and Eamon Sullivan of Australia (21.65).

The series moves on to Canet, France, Wednesday and Thursday.

Adrian wins first race in Nostrum series

Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle in the first race of the three-city tour of the Mare Nostrum Series on Saturday in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Adrian, a multiple Olympic gold medalist from Bremerton, touched the wall in 48.67 seconds. Russia’s Andrey Grechin was second in 49.24 and Belgium’s Pieter Timmers was third in 49.38. Adrian earned $449 with the win.

Adrian swam a total of 350 meters of racing after completing the prelims and finals of the 100, he swam in the prelims (22.49), and a secondary heat (22.51) before finishing the quarterfinals of the 50 freestyle in 22.09.

The 50 free semifinals and finals are Sunday. Adrian’s Cal Aquatics teammate Anthony Ervin is seeded second in 22.27.

The series will next move to Canet, France, June 11-12, and Barcelona, Spain, June 14-15.