July 4, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - California men's swimmer Nathan Adrian made the U.S. Olympic team on Thursday when he finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. With the fourth-place finish, he secured a spot on the 400-freestyle relay on the U.S. Olympic team.
In competitions for Cal, Adrian was outstanding at the 9th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, held Apr. 9-13, 2008 in Manchester, England. Adrian, from Bremerton, Wash., won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and set a championship record with a time of 46.67. Competing in lane one, Adrian edged out Italy's Filippo Magnini, who won silver with a mark of 46.70. Former Golden Bear standout Duje Draganja (2002-05), competing for Croatia, won bronze in 46.83. On the first day of the meet (Apr. 9), Adrian was a member of the United States' gold medal-winning and world record-setting 400-meter freestyle relay. The team of Ryan Lochte, Bryan Lundquist, Adrian and Doug Van Wie set the world record with a time of 3:08.44, topping the previous record by more than a second. Adrian sat out this past 2007-08 collegiate season to train for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As a freshman for the Bears, he placed second in the 100 fly at the 2007 Pac-10 championships and had an eighth-place finish in the 100 free at the 2007 NCAA championships.