Category Archives: Nationals

Adrian accomplishes goal, headed to Pan Pacs

For as long as I’ve known Nathan Adrian he’s never been a “look-at-the-clock” kind of swimmer after a

Nathan Adrian, right, is congratulated Michael Phelps after winning the men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals of swimming, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. Phelps took seventh. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Nathan Adrian, right, is congratulated Michael Phelps after winning the men’s 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals of swimming, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. Phelps took seventh. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

race. His time is always a gauge to see if he is swimming faster each time his hand touches the wall. That’s his main motivation right there. To touch the wall first.

He accomplished that goal in the 100 freestyle at last week’s U.S. Swimming national championships, winning his sixth national title and in the process he put his name on the national team once again. He and his Team USA mates are on their way to Gold Coast, Australia, for the Pan Pacific Championships August 20-25.

He came up just short of making it a sweep when his Cal Aquatics teammate and former Olympic champion Anthony Ervin just beat him to the wall to with the 50 free on Sunday. Nathan, a three-time Olympic champion, was second and will swim both sprint frees in Australia.

In a swimswam.com video interview Nathan said Pan Pacs are a different meet than most international competitions.

“Pan Pac is a little more stressful than some of the other international competitions because you have to race against your Team USA teammates and thats kind of a bummer,” he said.

He was also happy that Ervin made the squad.

“Tony adds a really good, level of balance for me,” he said. “We can joke around about a lot of things around the realm of swimming.”

Following his race in the 50 free in a post-race TV interview on Sunday, Nathan said another week to taper and rest will give him more speed.

“It’s time to go down there and compete,” he said.

Adrian wins 100 free on first night of U.S. Nationals

While there was much ballyhoo surrounding Michael Phelps’ return to swimming, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian left no doubt as to who really is the king of American sprinting on Wednesday. Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. National championships in Irvine, California.

Adrian led at the 50, in 22.85 seconds, and won by a near half-body length in 48.31. Ryan Lochte was second and Jimmy Feigen third. Phelps was seventh. The win also gives Adrian his sixth national championship title.

The top four individuals are added to the national team for the next two-year cycle and will head to Australia later this month for the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast.

Adrian wasn’t that impressed with his time.

“It’s about qualifying,” he said in a post-race webcast interview. “In a field like that it’s always an honor to get your hand on the wall first.”

Adrian said it was very important to not abandon his race strategy considering the amount of talent in the event. Of the eight competitors, seven are Olympians and all seven have won individual golds at the Olympics or

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

world championships.

“You work all year with a certain race strategy in mind and you really going to do your best if you execute it,” he said. “It’s an extraordinary field and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”

Adrian will swim in the 50 free prelims on Sunday.

 

Adrian prepped for Wednesday’s kickoff at U.S. Nationals

In what is the biggest domestic swim meet of this year, Nathan Adrian spoke with the media during a press conference today on the eve of the U.S. Swimming Summer Nationals in Irvine, California.

Nathan, a multiple gold medalist from Bremerton, said he’s expecting a great meet as everyone will be looking to secure their spot for international competition the the next couple of years. Nathan talked a bit about swimming against Michael Phelps in the 100, training with Anthony Ervin and some more about Rio.

You can read the entire press conference transcript here. Or go to swimmingworldmagazine.com and watch the video.

Nathan is in the ninth of 10 heats for the 100 meter freestyle on Wednesday. That heat is slated to start at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday and USA Swimming is good about keeping the meet moving on time. Finals are at 5 p.m. and the entire meet can be viewed via webcast at usaswimming.org.

And this little video gem from swim coach David Marsh is a keeper. Not sure who the young girl is, but she’s dumbfounded when Nathan walks up behind her and introduces himself.

Bremerton can continue to proud of their hometown champion. He is just that nice of a guy.

 

Adrian finishes LA Invite with meet record, plus a podcast & videos

Nathan Adrian had the fastest time in Saturday’s prelims of the 50 freestyle at the L.A. Invite, popping a 21.90 seconds swim in the morning.

That was enough for the Bremerton Olympic champion as he came back to Berkeley to continue his training for the U.S. Nationals next month. Nathan had already won the 100 free on Friday.

You can watch a video of the 50 prelim race here. The time tied Jason Lezak’s record in 2009 at the same event. His post-race interview can be found here.

Nathan also participated in a podcast with Who Are You? Life Lessons in Sports.

 

Nathan Adrian explains his recovery technique

I thought I noticed something when I saw the photos from the Arena Grand Prix event in Santa Clara, California, last month, but wasn’t completely sure.

Now I know I was right.

Nathan Adrian talked to Mel Stewart for this Gold Medal Mel moment on the ancient art of cupping — his chosen recovery technique.

Adrian, a Bremerton native and three-time Olympic gold medalist, is gearing up for the U.S. Nationals next month and should be a lock for the U.S. team as it heads to the Pan Pacific Championships in August.

 

Masters: BAM’s Bullock wins national titles; PSM claims team title

Members of the Bainbridge Aquatics Masters who competed with the Puget Sound Masters regional team at the U.S. Masters spring national championships last week in Santa Clara, Calif.
Members of the Bainbridge Aquatics Masters who competed with the Puget Sound Masters regional team at the U.S. Masters spring national championships last week in Santa Clara, Calif.

There was quite a heavy contingent of Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) swimmers who were part of the Puget Sound Masters regional club that swam last weekend at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif.

Among the 89 swimmers was Sarah Bullock, who won two events. BAM coach April Cheadle was selected to lead the PSM team for the third year.

April Cheadle
April Cheadle

“It was an honor to be chosen to lead, organize, and coach the 89 athletes that made up the Puget Sound Masters Spring National squad. This was the largest squad to travel from our region to a national meet, and we had high hopes of placing in the top three going into the meet,” Cheadle said.

PSM won the overall regional team title with a score of 1,530. Oregon Masters finished second (1,174.50) and Colorado Masters third (900.50). The women’s team placed first (828) as did the men (570).

Bullock won the 1,650-yard freestyle in the 45-49 age group with a time of 19 minutes, 32.15 seconds. Bullock won her second title in the 400 individual medley in 5:26.14.

“It’s so fun to see my hard work pay off,” Bullock said. “I’ve been training for months without really watching my times, so seeing that number one beside my name was pretty shocking.”

Also competing for BAM were Kari Wetzler who was second in the 1,650 free in the 30-34 age division; Kate Carruthers (65-69) was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:32.34 and Karen Segerson was sixth in the 1,000 free in the 35-39 age division.

For the men, Dennis Sawyer (70-74) finished fourth in the 400 IM in 6:50.95 and fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 3:11.44 and had a time of 1:22.46 in the 100 breast for fifth; Mark Benishek (30-34) was 11th in the 50 free in 23.25 and eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.69; Randy Rogers (55-59) was eighth in the 200 butterfly in 2:27.90 and Cestjon McFarland, Tom Goodlin and Barney Voegtlen all contributed to BAM’s success.

Also, the mixed 200 free and medley relays in the 65+ each placed third — 2:03.09 for the free and 2:26.57 for the medley. The 200 medley relay for the men’s 65+ finished fifth in 2:20.39 and the 200 free relay was eighth in 2:06.39.

I’ve also included a link for a searchable list on the USMS website for all PSM swimmers who participated. You can also search by swimmer at the same site.

Kirk, Giovanni come away with medals; Adrian’s time changed

Dana Kirk, a Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian, won the 50-yard butterfly Sunday at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kirk finished in 24.97 seconds in the 25-29 age division, just off the national age-group record of 24.41 by Tanica Jamison in 2010. Kirk had an impressive weekend, placing first in the 100 individual medley, the 50 and 100 fly and third in the 50 and 100 free.

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a CK graduate, proudly shows off the medal haul from the US Masters Spring National Championships last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif. (Contributed photo)
Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a CK graduate, proudly shows off the medal haul from the US Masters Spring National Championships last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Contributed photo)

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a graduate of Central Kitsap and former member of Olympic Aquatic Club in Bremerton, earned six top-10 medals at the nationals during her three days of competition. Giovanni finished fourth in the 400 individual medley in 5 minutes, 12.0 seconds in the 30-34 age division. She also placed fifth in the 1,000 freestyle (11:27.21), sixth in the 200 free (2:03.24), seventh in the 50 free (25.82 seconds) and eighth in the 500 free (5:37.42). Giovanni also placed in four relays.

Also, Masters swimming clarified Nathan Adrian’s time in the 100 free on Saturday as 41.13. It’s still a national age-group record. USMS announced a timing error had recorded his time at 41.08.

One more thing, check out this great clip of Nathan talking about his 92-year-old teammate.

Kirk, Adrian continue to win at US Masters nationals

This weekend is making me a reminisce a little.

Fourteen years ago I started covering swimming on the peninsula, just about the time that the sport really started gaining ground and national recognition thanks to a handful of swimmers from Bremerton and Bainbridge.

Those swimmers included breaststroker Tara Kirk, sister and butterflyer Dana Kirk of Bremerton, Helen Silver, backstroke, and sister Emily Silver, freestyle, of Bainbridge Island and Bremerton’s Justin Adrian, fly/free and eventually his brother Nathan Adrian.

It was an exciting time as I was able to travel to California for a week where the Kirks were attending Stanford and Helen Silver was at California, and we ran that story when I came back. The following year in 2004 we went to Long Beach for the U.S. Olympic Trials and watched as both Tara and Dana made the Olympic team — the first time sisters had made the same team in USA Swimming history. The Silvers and Justin competed as well so there was a lot for one hometown reporter to cover. I distinctly remember Justin being so stoked to swim in the final of the 100 butterfly, a race won by Michael Phelps, before he officially called it the end of his career.

After the Kirks made the team it wasn’t long before I received a call from our editor at the time to let me know that the paper was going to send myself and a photographer to Athens to cover the Olympics. I’ll never forget my two weeks there as we tried to cover the world’s biggest sporting spectacle from the outside looking in. Because we didn’t have full credentials we spent a lot of time with the Kirks’ parents, Jeff and Margaret, as they toured Athens, the Acropolis and went to beach parties and such.

We did manage to find our way into one swimming event, Tara’s 100 breaststroke final, and that was thrilling.  She lead after the first 50 meters and I remember sitting in the stands, my photographer trying to shoot from the stands (yes, we weren’t supposed to) and thinking that ‘I’m watching the Olympics and our hometown swimmer is trying to win a medal.’ Surreal.

Jumping ahead to Saturday, it’s been great seeing Dana competing at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships at Santa Clara, Calif. She gave the U.S. trials one more shot in 2012 (good for her as a back injury curtailed her career far too soon) and now that she’s coaching I’m sure it’s also been fun to get back into the competition pool.

Dana won the 100-yard individual medley in the 25-29 age category in 57.75 seconds. She also finished third in the 100 free in 52.36.

Nathan continues to be the best American sprinter. He won the 100 free in the 25-29 age category in a national age-group record of 41.08, besting the previous time of Darian Townsend’s mark of 42.13 from last Dec. Townsend finished second in Saturday’s race in 43.13. That means Nathan won by almost two seconds. Wow. The time also tied his American record.

Dana has one more race Sunday and I’ll post another update then.

Bremerton’s Adrian, Kirk win US Masters titles

Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. (Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com via swimswam.com)
Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com via swimswam.com)

A week after winning two individual titles at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday.

Adrian touched the wall in 18.78 seconds in the 25-29 category, just off the national record of 18.67 by Fred Bousquet of France in February 2010. He also helped The Olympic Club win the 200 medley relay in 1:26.71, along with Cal training partner Anthony Ervin and Andrew Saeta and Nolan Koon.

Nathan wasn’t the only Bremerton native to pick up a national title in the short-course yards meet.

Already the owner of numerous junior, national and collegiate swimming titles as well as winning the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 butterfly, you can add U.S. Masters national champion to Dana Kirk’s resume too.

Kirk won the 100 butterfly in 54.03 in the 25-29 category. She was also third in the 50 free in 24.00. Katherine Raatz won in 23.40.

Kirk is slated to swim the 100 freestyle Saturday, as is Nathan. He is seeded first while Dana is seeded sixth.

You can also read what Swimming World Magazine had to say about the onslaught of the national record books after the first full day of competition.

Former Olympian Dana Kirk competing in Masters nationals

Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian Dana Kirk Martin is competing this week in the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships. Kirk is seeded among the top contenders in five events — 50-meter butterfly, 100 fly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 individual medley.

The meet is being held at the George Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif., and began Thursday with long-distance events and continues through Sunday.

Kirk Martin is seeded first in Sunday’s 50-meter fly in 25.19 seconds in the 25-29 age division. She is seeded second in Friday’s 100 fly in 57.04; third in Friday’s 50 free in 24.89 , sixth in Saturday’s 100 free in 54.70, and fifth in the 100 IM in one minute, 2.00 seconds on Saturday.

Kirk is the aquatics director and head coach at Fremont Hills Country Club in Palo Alto, Calif., and founder/coach of South Palo Alto Swimming.