Jan. 13, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - California standout Nathan Adrian has been named Pac-10 Men's Swimmer of the month for December, it was announced Wednesday, Jan. 13 by conference commissioner Larry Scott.
Adrian, a junior from Bremerton, Wash., had a dominant month of December. At the AT&T Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, Wash., Adrian won the 100-yard free with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 41.80. He also won the 50-yard free with a mark of 19.08, helped the Golden Bears win the 200-yard free relay (19.08) and the 400-yard free relay (2:51.80), which was an NCAA automatic qualifying time.
Adrian then went across the Atlantic to participate in the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool at the Manchester Aquatic Center in Manchester, England. In the 400-meter free relay, the junior swam the lead-off leg for the United States, helping the squad set a world record time of 3:30.30. Adrian also became the first man in the U.S. to swim under 21 seconds in the 50-meter free short course with a time of 20.71. He anchored the United States' then-world record-setting 400-meter medley relay, which finished with a time of 3:20.71. Adrian finished the two- day event winning two individual races and being a key part of two record-setting relays.
The 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, Adrian was last year's NCAA champion in the 50 (American record 18.71) and 100 free (American record 41.08) after capturing the conference title in the 50, 100 and 200 free. He is the Cal school record-holder in the 50, 100 and 200 free (1:32.98), and is a member of every school record-setting relay.