Cal's Adrian Shines at FINA World Short Course Championships
April 14, 2008
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - University of California men's swimmer Nathan Adrian was outstanding at the 9th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, held Apr. 9-13 in Manchester, England. Adrian, from Bremerton, Wash., won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and set a Championship record with a time of 46.67. Competing in lane one, Adrian edged out Italy's Filippo Magnini, who won silver with a mark of 46.70. Former Golden Bear standout Duje Draganja (2002-05), competing for Croatia, won bronze in 46.83.
On the first day of the meet (Apr. 9), Adrian was a member of the United States' gold medal-winning and world record-setting 400-meter freestyle relay. The team of Ryan Lochte, Bryan Lundquist, Adrian and Doug Van Wie set the world record with a time of 3:08.44, topping the previous record by more than a second.
Adrian sat out this past 2007-08 collegiate season to train for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As a freshman for the Bears, he placed second in the 100 fly at the 2007 Pac-10 championships and had an eighth-place finish in the 100 free at the 2007 NCAA championships. Adrian will return to the Cal squad for the 2008-08 campaign.
On Apr. 11, Draganja set a new world record in the 50-meter free with a time of 20.81.
Next season, Adrian will join the Bears' men's swimming and diving team that is fresh off an impressive 2007-08 campaign under first-year coach David Durden and head coach emeritus Nort Thornton. Cal finished fourth nationally after six top-five finishes and new school records in the 200 (1:24.50, junior David Russell, freshman Damir Dugonjic, senior Jernej Godec, senior Joe Whittington) and 400 medley relays (3:05.38, Russell, Dugonjic, Godec, senior William Copeland), as well as school records in the 100 back (Russell) and 100 breast (Dugonjic). Cal garnered 332.5 points and trailed only Arizona (500.5), Texas (406) and Stanford (344). The Bears also placed second at the 2008 Pac-10 championships.