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Nathan Adrian returns home to Bremerton Monday

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men's 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton with his bronze medal after the men’s 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Fans will have a chance give Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian a hero’s welcome, ask questions and receive an autograph from the multiple Olympic gold medalist on Monday, Aug. 29 at Bremerton High School’s Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m.

Adrian returns to his hometown for an autograph session, question and answer period and those attending will have a chance to hear Nathan speak about his experiences in Rio after winning two gold medals and two bronze medals.

Adrian will arrive at the high school after being driven from east Bremerton to west Bremerton from 5:15-5:30 p.m., across the Manette Bridge, up 11th Street to the high school. The public is welcome to wave, take pictures and cheer for Adrian along the route.

Nathan Adrian makes semis…barely

It would have been a major upset in Olympic swimming if the reigning 100 freestyle champion failed to qualify for the semifinals, but Nathan Adrian managed to squeak into tonight’s semis in 16th place.

Adrian, coming off a gold-medal performance Sunday as part of the 4×100 free relay, finished last in his preliminary heat in 48.58 seconds. Teammate Caeleb Dressel also made the semis with the second fastest time in 47.91. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers was the fastest qualifier in 47.90.

Adrian wasn’t too concerned and spoke to following his morning’s race.

“It was alright, feeling a little rusty this morning, trying to get back into the meet after a pretty late night the other night. It doesn’t affect anything really, you’re swimming for a lane, and tonight is going to be the same thing, we’re swimming for a lane. Actually, I’m pretty happy to get an outside lane, it’s always nice to get a little clean water, so looking forward to it tonight.”

Tonight’s session can be viewed live online at or on CBC locally starting at 6 p.m.

NBC is showing a highlight, tape delayed broadcast that includes swimming that starts about 7 p.m.

Adrian sweeps sprints at Mesa Grand Prix

In the fastest sprint event in swimming, known as the splash-and-dash, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle 21.73 at the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night.

Adrian’s time is the fifth-fastest time in the world so far this year and gave the Olympic gold medalist a sweep in the sprint events. He won the 100 free on Thursday.

In a race that is timed down to the hundredth of a second, Adrian’s shoulder-length lead was too large of a distance for runner up Roland Schoeman of South Africa to overcome. Schoeman finished in 22.19 and Josh Schneider was third in 22.24.

“Again, 21.7, great. Certainly happy with that,” Adrian said in an online post-race interview of his time. “Got to check it out on the video but I don’t think I had the best start in the world. Adrian was the second slowest off the block with a reaction time of .73 seconds. “I think my actual swimming (race) was pretty good.”

Spring Divisional Championships this weekend

The Pacific Northwest Spring Divisional age group championships are this weekend at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The meet is Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Among the local clubs competing are Olympic Aquatic Club, Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, Bainbridge Island Swim Club and Puget Sound Swim Club.

Individually, PPST’s Isaac Beers is seeded No. 1 in the 10-year-old boys 50-yard butterfly and fourth in the 50 back. Margaret Hayes of BISC is seeded first in the girls 50 backstroke in the girls 10 and under, third in the 100 freestyle, and second in the 50 fly and 50 free while PPST’s Ava Harris is the fourth seed in that event.

In the 13-year-old girls division, Samantha Sinopole of PPST is seeded third in the 200 breaststroke. In the boys 11-12, BISC’s John Velisaris is seeded third in the 50 free.

AP: Coach banned for spiking swimmer’s drink

Wow. If you can’t trust your coach….

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swimming’s governing body says an Estonian coach has been banned for life after spiking his athlete’s drink with anabolic steroids.

FINA says an Estonian anti-doping panel found that Nikolai Borzov gave Anita Stepanenko a drink containing stanozolol “without notifying the swimmer.”

Stepanenko received a one-year ban which expires on July 22, 2014. She tested positive at an Estonia vs. Finland meet in Tallinn in May.

Touch the Wall documentary meets Kickstarter goal

Touch the Wall, a documentary film about Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce and their journey to the Olympics, reached it’s post-production goal via and will be produced.

The campaign surpassed it’s goal of $110,000 on Saturday with $110,335 pledged. You can still donate to the campaign.

Here’s a link to the website. I wrote about it earlier on this blog, which you can find here.

Lochte moving west to California

Olympic champion Ryan Lochte announced at the Mesa Grand Prix Saturday night that he would indeed be moving from Gainesville, Fla., to California sometime this summer.

Lochte, who had hinted at the move following the London Olympics but backed off that statement, told SwimSwam that the move to either Southern Californa (USC) or Northern California (California Aquatics) would depend on if his reality show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” gets picked up for a second season.

WWRLD airs April 21st on E!.

Here’s a link to the video and story.


Nathan Adrian tops 100 free prelim field at Arena GP in Mesa

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian was the top qualifier in the 100-yard freestyle Thursday morning at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz.

Adrian finished with a time of 49.68 seconds. Ricky Berens of Longhorns Aquatics, and Olympic teammate, was second in 50.09 while Darian Townsend of Tucson Ford rounded out the top three spots (50.25.

Also making tonight’s finals were the recently-married Matt Grevers (he and Annie Chandler were married in San Antonio last weekend) and Adrian’s Cal teammate Anthony Ervin.

The finals are at 5 p.m. and can be viewed live here.

Port Townsend pool set to reopen this week

Jefferson County’s only public swimming pool has been closed since November for repairs, but it looks like the pool will be open on Friday.

The pool, which is owned by the Port Townsend School District and leased by the city, has a new liner as well as changes to the dressing room, deck and pump room.

You can read the full story by Tristan Hiegler of the Port Townsend Leader here.