Nathan Adrian Captures 50 Free at ConocoPhillips National Championships
July 9, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Cal's Nathan Adrian added another accolade to his already impressive resume as he won the 50-meter freestyle Thursday, July 9, at the ConocoPhillips National Championships held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Adrian insured himself a spot on the United States' squad that will compete at 2009 World Championships July 26-August 2 in Rome the by winning the 50 free in a time of 21.52.
A 2008 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay team in Beijing, Adrian gave Cal its first national collegiate title in the 50 free since 2000, touching in at an American record time of 18.71 at the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station, Texas. He won his second NCAA individual event in the 100 free, setting another American record with a time of 41.08. Adrian was a member of the Bears' 200 medley relay team which finished second in an NCAA-record time of 1:22.50 as well.
At the conference championships in Long Beach, Calif., Adrian was named the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet and later was named 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year after claiming the 50, 100 and 200 conference freestyle titles. The Bremerton, Wash., native also swam the freestyle leg of the Bears' 400 medley relay team which won the Pac-10 title in a then-NCAA record time of 3:03.30.
Adrian is the cover feature for this month's issue of Swimming World magazine. Adrian Swimming World Preview
In other Cal men's swimming news, former top backstroker David Russell (2006-09) placed sixth in the 100-meter backstroke (53.89) Wednesday at the ConocoPhillips National Championships, while sprint freestyler William Copeland (2005-08) continued his fine meet at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia by placing fourth in the 100-meter freestyle (48.84) on Thursday.
Cal's Guy Barnea and Sean Mahoney, shined Wednesday, July 8 at the World University Games. Barnea (Omer, Israel), who will be a junior next season for the Bears, placed third in the 50-meter backstroke for his native Israel with a time of 25.09. Barnea trailed only Japan's Junya Koga (24.36) and Ryosuke Irie (25.05). Senior-to-be Mahoney (Rio Vista, Calif.), swimming for the United States, was fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke with a mark of 2:11.82.
On Sunday, July 5, Copeland swam the lead-off leg of the United States' gold medal-winning 400-meter freestyle relay, recording a World University Games 100-meter record of 48.39.
On Monday, July 6, former Bear star Jernej Godec (2005-08) captured the World University Games title in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 23.41. Barnea also had a strong performance July 6 with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke (54.32), while junior-to-be Nick Ferrif was sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:00.24, swimming for New Zealand (born in San Francisco, but parents are from New Zealand).
The swimming competition for both the ConocoPhillips National Championships and the World University Games concludes Saturday, July 11.