Cal's Nathan Adrian Makes U.S. Olympic Team
July 4, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - California men's swimmer Nathan Adrian made the U.S. Olympic team on Thursday when he finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The top four swimmers in that event were named to the U.S. Olympic team.
In competitions for Cal, Adrian was outstanding at the 9th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, held Apr. 9-13, 2008 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.