Adrian Advances To 50 Free Semifinals
OMAHA, Neb. – Three-time Olympian Nathan Adrian advanced to the 50-meter freestyle semifinal round with the third-fastest qualifying time Saturday morning at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
Adrian touched the wall in 21.85 seconds to win the seventh heat and secure the third seed in Saturday night's semifinals. His qualifying time was only behind Caeleb Dressel (21.29) and Michael Andrew (21.72). Adrian, who has represented the United States at three consecutive Olympic Games dating back to 2008, has not yet clinched a spot on the U.S. roster, as he could not advance through the 100 free semis on Wednesday.
Three other Golden Bears swam the 50 free, with incoming signee Jack Alexy taking the first alternate spot at 17th with a time of 22.47. Also in action were two-time 50-yard free NCAA champion Ryan Hoffer (19th, 22.50) and four-time Olympic medalist and Cal Athletic Hall of Fame member Anthony Ervin (23rd, 22.61). Full results from Saturday's prelims can be viewed here.
50 Free (Prelims)
3. Nathan Adrian (21.85) – advanced
17. Jack Alexy (22.47) – first alternate
19. Ryan Hoffer (22.50)
23. Tony Ervin (22.61)
Three Bears will compete in Saturday's evening session, which starts at 6 p.m. PT on NBC/NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com. Tom Shields and Trenton Julian dive in first with the 100 butterfly final before Adrian looks to advance through the 50 free semis.
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