Nov. 27, 2009
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. - Adding to an already long list of accolades, junior sprint freestyler Nathan Adrian was a recipient of a 2009 Golden Goggles Award in a ceremony Nov. 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif. as a member of the United States' gold-medal winning 400-meter freestyle relay that captured the world title this past summer (July 26) at the FINA World Championships in Rome.
Adrian paced the United States to a surprise gold medal in the 400-meter free relay, swimming the anchor leg on the American squad that also included Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Matt Grevers. Team USA touched just 31-hundredths of second ahead of second-place Russia (3:09.52) with a meet record time of 3:09.21. Favored France was third at 3:09.89.
The United States was in third place after the first two legs of Phelps (47.78) and Lochte (47.03) with the French holding a half second lead. After Grevers' third leg (47.61), France's lead over the Americans was down to five-hundredths of a second and Russia had taken the lead. But, Adrian swam an impressive 46.79 during the final leg to give Team USA the victory.
Adrian continues to prove he is one of the best young freestylers in the world. He was a 2008 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay team in Beijing and went on to become the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 (18.71) and 100-yard freestyle (41.08) last March in College Station, Texas. Adrian was the 2009 Pac-10 champion in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well, earning Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year accolades.
Adrian has the second-fastest U.S. times in the 50 (21.46 at World Championships) and 100-meter (48.00 at World Championship Trials) freestyle. He also placed sixth in the finals of the 50-meter free (21.49) at the World Championships, and earlier had captured both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle at the ConocoPhillips National Championships, July 9-10, in Indianapolis. Adrian will be part of a U.S. team that includes Cal senior Sean Mahoney and head coach David Durden that will compete at the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Dec. 18-19 at the Manchester Aquatic Center in Manchester, England.