Feb. 7, 2011
BERKELEY - California senior standout Nathan Adrian, one of the world's top sprint freestylers, was interviewed by ESPN.com writer Mechelle Voepel Olympic experience pays off for Adrian about competing in his final year for the No. 1-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team.
On the college stage, Adrian is approaching Matt Biondi-like status as a two-time defending national champion in the 100 free and a member of the 2010 NCAA champion 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relays. In 2009, he was the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, as well as NCAA champ in both the 50 and 100 free - all after earning a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 400 free relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
As great a swimmer Adrian is, he might be an even better role model. He has earned a 4.0 GPA each of his last four semesters at Cal, majoring in public health, and was named a 2010 first-team Academic All-American. In the pool, he is among the world's elite, winning the 50- and 100-meter free at the prestigious Pan Pacific Championships last summer while also being a member of the U.S. gold medal-winning 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
The next dual meet competition for the Bears (4-0) will be Saturday, Feb. 19 when they host Bay Area rival and No. 2 ranked Stanford beginning at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.