April 9, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - University of California sophomore standout and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian has been named the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Swimmer of the Year, it was announced today (Thursday, April 9) by conference commissioner Tom Hansen. Adrian joins Stanford's Chad La Tourette (Newcomer of the Year) and Skip Kenney (Coach of the Years) as this year's conference honorees for men's swimming.
Adrian, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay team, becomes the fourth Golden Bear to earn Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year accolades (Ugar Taner in 1996, Anthony Ervin in 2002, Duje Draganja in 2005). At the conference championships in Long Beach, Calif., he was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet after claiming the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle titles. The Bremerton, Wash., native won the 50 free in a Pac-10 and American record time of 18.82, breaking his own school record set in December. Adrian also swam the freestyle leg of the Bears' 400 medley relay team which won the Pac-10 title in an NCAA record time of 3:03.30.
Adrian's success continued at the 2009 NCAA championships in College Station Texas. He gave Cal its first national title in the 50 free since 2000, touching in at an American record time of 18.71. Adrian won his second individual event in the 100 free, setting another American record with a time of 41.08. He was a member of the Bears' 200 medley relay team which finished second in an NCAA-record time of 1:22.50 as well.
Earlier this week (April 7), Adrian (3.58, undeclared) was one of seven Cal men swimmers selected first-team Pac-10 All-Academic; more than any other school in the conference. The Bears, under the direction of second year head coach David Durden, finished fourth at the NCAA championships (350 points) for the second year in a row. Auburn won the 2009 NCAA meet with 526 points, followed by Texas (487) and Stanford (460.5).