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Olympic Trials psych sheets, TV schedule & “The Body Issue”

Hold onto your hats, or swim caps as the case may be, Nathan Adrian fans … trials are less than a week away and momentum is building.

The hype is likely going to be on overload when ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue hits newsstands July 8. Not only will Nathan’s — Bremerton’s favorite swimming son — fate be assured for the Rio Olympics by then, his introduction to the rest of the country (and world) will be peaking. Nathan joins the ranks of fellow Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin to be featured in the tastefully-positioned nude issue.

Don’t forget. Nathan isn’t new to ESPN. He joined fellow Olympian Jessica Hardy in a great video entitled “The Opaque” a few years ago.

Nathan is also a Tommy Hilfiger spokesmodel and recently donned a cardigan and black-rimmed eyeglasses for a pre-Olympics photo shoot.

Nathan Adrian as one of several "Class of 2016" baseball-card style photo ops in advance of the Rio Olympics (Contributed photo)
Nathan Adrian as one of several “Class of 2016” baseball-card style photo ops in advance of the Rio Olympics
(Contributed photo)

Amidst all the distractions away from the pool, Nathan has still managed to post some of the best times leading up to the swim trials. He is the top seed in the 100 and 50 meter freestyle events, and barring a MAJOR upset, should be earmarked to anchor both relays in Rio.

One way he’s been so consistent is the technology he’s been able to use thanks to his sponsorship from BMW. High-speed motion capture technology and video analysis have helped him shave precious milliseconds off his time. Check out this story that ran in Popular Science magazine.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s how Nathan won the trials 100 free in 2012 and just missed out on the 50 free.

Here’s the link to the psych sheets for the Olympic trials and a link to the event schedule and TV schedule.

Adrian headlines Santa Clara meet

In what is one of the last tune ups for many Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, the Arena Pro Swim series heads to Santa Clara and will see quite a turn out.

Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer, Anthony Ervin, Natalie Coughlin and Maya DiRado and Simone Manual are just some of the current Olympians who will compete June 3-5. Prelims are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.

You can read more about the meet here.


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.


Adrian, swim elite headed to Santa Clara

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is seeded second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free for the upcoming Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, California. (Rafael Domeyko,
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is seeded second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free for the upcoming Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, California.
(Rafael Domeyko,

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is slated to swim in the Arena Pro Swim Series event later this week in Santa Clara, California. The meet begins Thursday with a timed-final distance session. Friday-Sunday prelims begin at 9 a.m. followed by finals at 5 p.m.

Also expected to swim are gold medalists Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers and Allison Schmitt.

Adrian, the defending Olympic champion in the 100 freestyle, is seeded second in that event with a time of 47.84 seconds. Russia’s Vladimir Morozov is the top seed with a time of 47.62. The 100 free is Sunday.

Adrian is also swimming the 50 freestyle. He’s the third seed with a time of 21.47. Bruno Fratus of Brazil is the top seed in 21.41 followed by Ervin in 21.42. Ervin and Adrian are teammates at California Aquatics.

The meet is being televised at Universal Sports Network. A webcast of the meet can be found at


Adrian back in water at Austin Pro Series

Bremerton Olympic champion Nathan Adrian is one of several headliners that is scheduled to compete in the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin, Jan 15-17. The series was formally known as the Arena Grand Prix. Also scheduled to swim are Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte, Tyler Clarey, Ntalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Matt Grevers.

The three-day meet will take place at the University of Texas’ swimming center. Prelims are at 7 a.m. with finals at 4 p.m. Pacific time.

Universal Sports Network will air TV coverage of the meet Jan. 16 and 17 (check local listings for time). Also, USA Swimming will webcast the complete meet.

Adrian, Cal Aquatics headed to Mare Nostrum Series

UPDATED (June 4): Now includes link for start lists

Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian and a large Cal Aquatics contingent that includes gold medalists Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin will head to Europe for the Mare Nostrum Series this week. Cash prizes are awarded, up to $20,000, plus bonuses for breaking series and world records.

The first meet will be in Monaco Saturday-Sunday, Canet, France, on June 11-12, and Barcelona, Spain, on June 14-15. The 100 freestyle in Monaco is Saturday and the 50 is Sunday. Adrian is seeded first in the 100 free in 47.84 seconds, and is seeded second in the 50 free behind Ervin.

The group includes Cal head coach Dave Durden and Tom Shields, Damir Dugonjic, Josh Prenot, Jacob Pebly and Ryan Murphy.


Multiple Cal Olympians train together on campus

Great story from Associated Press writer Janie McCauley from the San Francisco bureau on California’s Olympic swimmers, namely Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, and Natalie Coughlin.


Natalie Coughlin, Nathan AdrianBERKELEY, Calif. — Nathan Adrian razzes a few college swimmers who come a little too close to hitting him while flipping the lane rope out of the pool at the end of practice. Natalie Coughlin reminds the freshmen athletes that the picture-perfect Bay Area weather of recent months is hardly the norm.

That’s an awful lot of Olympic medals speaking from experience on the pool deck at the University of California.

Add in Anthony Ervin and a handful of other Olympians and former Cal swimmers from outside the U.S. training under Golden Bears coach David Durden, and you might have some 20 Olympic medals in one lane on a given day at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

While other universities have their share of Olympians regularly roaming around campus to train, Durden considers his situation unique because the school only trains its own former swimmers.

“It’s a special place,” 12-time Olympic medalist Coughlin said. “We have some great international students who represent their countries as well as the American Olympians. That’s something that’s happened over the past decade or so. I hate to admit it but I’ve been at Cal almost 15 years. That wasn’t really the case beforehand, to have so many Olympians in one area both on the men’s and women’s team. The success of the last few years has really just snowballed.”

This group has quite the pedigree. Yet Adrian and Coughlin insist they gain as much from swimming alongside the college students, especially when it might be 2012 four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in a neighboring lane.

Adrian, Coughlin and Ervin soon will be headed to the European Mare Nostrum Series held each June.

At this stage, it’s all about keeping things fresh for the Olympic stars.

“What these guys really benefit from in this environment is having the personality of our team change every year,” Durden said. “Needless to say, the personality of the team changes just a little bit and it keeps them fresh. It’s a tough sport, one, and it’s a tough sport to train for a long period of time and then it’s really tough to train with the same people over and over and over again. You’ve got a group of freshmen come in and it stirs the pot a little bit, which is good. That’s what they need.”

Durden regularly recalls last summer’s world championship trials in Indianapolis when Irvin — the 2000 Sydney Olympics 50-meter freestyle gold medalist — was about to head out for the day to rest up for his later events but instead opted to stay at the meet to watch then-freshman Jacob Pebley swim the 200 backstroke.

“It is neat,” Durden said. “Anthony doesn’t train with Jacob. Certainly Anthony’s 32 at the time, Jacob’s 18. They’re far apart in age. … To me that dynamic doesn’t happen without someone who went through this process.”

Other postgraduate swimmers training at Cal include Damir Dugonjic, an Olympian for Slovenia trying to return for the 2016 Rio Games, Estonian two-time Olympian Martin Liivamagi and 2016 American Olympic hopeful Tom Shields, an 11-time NCAA champion at Cal.

During a training session this past week, Coughlin shared a lane with junior Fabio Gimondi and sophomores Nick Dillinger and Tyler Messerschmidt. Adrian swam alongside freshmen Jonathan Fiepke and Dillon Williams.

“We all benefit from each other. It’s definitely not a one-way street,” Adrian said. “The fact that I get a group of 20-30 guys who are working toward a common goal and I get to kind of experience that and feed off that atmosphere, them going for national championships, a national title, is awesome. In a small way I lift them up and when I’m feeling down they help lift me up. It’s a good thing to have going here.”

Typically, during the college season, the pros would work in their own lane because they’re on a different training track.

“It’s a unique setup we have,” Durden said. “At a particular time we could have over 20 Olympic medals in one lane.”

Nort Thornton, the 81-year-old head coach emeritus who coached the Bears for 33 years and guided three-time Olympian and former world-record holder Matt Biondi, believes Cal swimmers thrive with the support from one another in dealing with the demands of balancing school and athletics.

“It’s wonderful. Dave’s done a great job putting a team together,” said Thornton, who now works two days a week with the breaststrokers. “It’s kind of like a family away from home. Kids come in here and it’s a support group to get them going and through the academic environment and all the social things going on. It’s easy to be kind of overwhelmed if you come out of a little high school and you’re the top dog and all of a sudden you’re in a pool full of talent like this.”

Coughlin plans to support Franklin in any way needed, even if they aren’t training together.

For now?

“The other day she was asking if I could show her how to cook,” Coughlin said. “I’m going to force her to learn some things from me, and we’re both I think really looking forward to that. She’s awesome, and she’s just a great example of the kind of caliber of athlete we’re attracting now.”


Nathan Adrian, and some guy named Phelps, headline Mesa Grand Prix

Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian along with long-distance queen Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte are set to headline the next Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz.

There’s also this guy named Michael Phelps that will be swimming. Heard he’s pretty good.

The meet is April 24-26 at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Prelims are at 7 a.m. Pacific time and finals are at 3 p.m.

Also competing will be 2012 Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers, multiple Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Tyler Clary and more.

As for Phelps, his return to the pool is a welcome sight. His 22 Olympic medals are, of course, the most in history.

It’s no surprise that the meet will be televised. Universal Sports Network will show live coverage on April 25 and 26. A live webcast will be available through USA Swimming for the entire meet.

Adrian announcing at men’s Pac-12 championships

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian will have his second opportunity to broadcast a  collegiate swimming meet. Adrian, a Cal alum, is part of an Olympic-laden broadcast team for the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way at the King County Aquatic Center.

The Pac-12 Network will air the championships on March 10 (Monday) at 7:30 p.m. pacific time. Adrian joins Rich Burk and Jason Knapp, who will rotate play-by-play. The women’s championships concluded last week as Amy VanDyken and Natalie Coughlin joined Cynthia Potter and Burk in the booth while Adrian did his first live broadcast.

The men’s Pac-12 Championships started Wednesday and end Saturday. Prelims are at 11 a.m. and finals are at 6 p.m.

Adrian, bevy of gold medalists, to compete at Austin GP

Bremerton Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian will join several of his Olympic teammates at the Arena Austin Grand Prix meet at the University of Texas Friday-Sunday.

Adrian will be joined by gold medal backstroker Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt as well as Jimmy Feigen and Michael Klueh.

Universal Sports Network will broadcast live Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. (Pacific). A live webcast of the entire meet can be found at

Prelims are at 7 a.m. (Pacific) with finals at 4 p.m. Prize money is allocated for first ($500), second ($300) and third ($100) for all individual events. Also, for the first time, the highest-scoring male and female U.S. winner will receive a year lease on a BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Series. Currently, Conor Dwyer and Megan Romano lead the GP Series after the first six meets.