Aug. 20, 2010
IRVINE, CALIF. -
Adrian wins Pan Pacific 100 free video
California standout Nathan Adrian continued his dominance in the sprint freestyle as the Golden Bear star captured the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night (August 19) at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif. Adrian, who will be a senior at Cal this upcoming collegiate season and is a two-time NCAA champion in the 100-yard free, swam a time of 48.15 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, topping runner-up Brent Hayden from Canada (48.19) and Cesar Cielo from Brazil (48.48). Adrian's time in the 100-meter was the fastest in the world this year.
Another Bear standout, senior Graeme Moore, placed fifth in the 100 free with a time of 48.76, swimming for his native South Africa. Adrian and Moore were teammates on Cal's 200 and 400 free relays that won NCAA titles in 2010.
The Pan Pacific Championships is a meet between national team members from the United State versus athletes from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil. Adrian and Moore are accompanied by the Bears' head coach David Durden, who recently led Cal to a national runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA championships, and is a member of Team USA's coaching staff.
Adrian had qualified for the Pan Pacifics by winning both the 50 and 100-meter free at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships, held Aug. 3-7, in Irvine. He assured himself a spot on the United States' squad by winning the 50 free in a time of 21.70 and the 100 free in 48.41. Both his 50 and 100 free times were the second fastest times in the world at that time.
Individually, Adrian will next be competing in the 50-meter free on Saturday, Aug. 21. He should also be competing in the 400 free relay on Friday and the 400 medley relay on Saturday for Team USA. Another Cal star, Natalie Coughlin, who won numerous NCAA titles for the Bears from 2001-2004, won the 100-meter free Thursday in a time of 53.67.
SwimNetwork.com is airing daily video from the meet, which ends on Sunday, Aug. 22. NBC along with UniversalSports.com will broadcast action on Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. PT as well as on Aug. 22 from 3-4 p.m. PT.