Dec. 18, 2009
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - California junior Nathan Adrian continues to dazzle the swimming world as the Golden Bear standout won the 100-meter freestyle in American record time and anchored the United States' world record-setting 400 medley relay Friday, Dec. 18 during the first day of the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool at the Manchester Aquatic Center in Manchester, England.
The bi-annual Duel in the Pool competition is a made-for-TV event, designed to showcase the sport's top swimmers. This year's Duel takes on a new format with Team USA facing a team comprised of the top swimmers from Great Britain, Germany and Italy. A two-hour broadcast of the event will air on NBC Sunday, Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
With a strong final 50 meters, Adrian established a new American record time of 45.42 in the 100 free. That swim topped Ian Crocker's previous national mark of 46.25 set in 2004. Italy's Marco Orsi (Italy) finished second for the European squad with a 46.59, while U.S. Olympic star Michael Phelps was third with a time of 46.99.
In the 400 medley relay, Nick Thoman led-off the U.S. team with a world record time of 48.94 in the backstroke, followed by Mark Gangloff's 57.03 in the breaststroke, Phelps' 49.93 in the butterfly and Adrian's 44.81 in the freestyle to break the world record with a time of 3:20.71. Canada held the previous global mark of 3:23.33 set in August. The E-Stars team of Liam Tancock, Fabio Scozzoli, Michael Rock and Christian Galenda finished second in 3:24.67.
Adrian was not the only Cal representative at the Duel in the Pool. Senior Sean Mahoney placed third in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:04.28, trailing only the United States' Mike Alexandrov (2:03.72) and Italy's Edoardo Giorgetti (2:03.80). Bear coach David Durden is also participating in the Duel in the Pool as one of Team USA's assistant coaches.
After 14 events (for both men and women), the United States is leading the European squad, 88-33. On the men's side, Team USA has a 48-13 advantage. In individual events, teams receive five points for first, three points for second and one point for third. In relays, first place is worth seven points. Eight more men's events will be swum on Saturday.