Aug. 6, 2010
IRVINE, CALIF. - California's Nathan Adrian added another accolade to his impressive resume as he won the 50-meter freestyle Thursday night (Aug. 5) at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships, held Aug. 3-7 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. Adrian assured himself a spot on the United States' squad that will compete at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, August 18-23, in Irvine (with squads from the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil) by winning the 50 free in a time of 21.70, the second fastest time in the world this year. Video of Adrian capturing the ConocoPhillips National Championship 50 free (scroll down to Men's 50m Freestyle A Final)
Former Cal sprinter William Copeland (2005-08) swam a 22.45 in the 50 free to finish sixth, pending an appeal on the order of the other finishers other than Adrian.
The 2010 NCAA champion in the 100-yard free, Adrian led the Golden Bears to a second place finish at the NCAA Division I championships, Cal's best showing since 1986. A public health major with a 3.79 GPA (including a 4.00 GPA during spring semester), he was also a member of the NCAA champion 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relay teams.
A native of Bremerton, Wash., Adrian was the 2010 Pac-10 champion in five events and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors this past year. A member of the U.S. National Team, he won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of the United States 400 free relay team.
In other Cal men's swimming news, former top backstroker David Russell (2006-09) placed fifth in the 100-meter backstroke (54.46) Wednesday at the ConocoPhillips National Championships, while freshman standout Tom Shields won the B final of the 200-meter freestyle (1:49.32) on Wednesday and Thursday placed fifth in the 100-meter butterfly (52.94). Cal sophomore Robert Sullivan finished fourth in the B final in the 200 fly (2:0059) on Wednesday as well.
Shields was a huge contributor for Cal this season. At the Pac-10 meet, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native won the 100 fly, finished as the runner-up in the 200 fly and placed third in the 200 free. At the NCAA Championships he earned a national title in the 100 fly (44.91) and finished as the national runner-up in the 200 fly, setting a new school record of 1:41.52. Shields also made an impact on the relays, helping the 400 free and 400 medley relays win national titles.