Aug. 10, 2011
BERKELEY - Former California swimmer Nathan Adrian led a strong contingent of Golden Bear men swimmers at the U.S. Nationals, held August 2-6 at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex. After wrapping up the swimming competition at the World Championship in Shanghai, China by swimming the freestyle leg of the United State's gold medal-winning 400-meter medley relay on July 31, Adrian returned to the Bay Area and topped the field in the 50 free (long course meters) at the U.S. Nationals with a time of 21.84, August 4.
Adrian's time in the 50 free at Stanford was the fourth fastest time in the world in that event, defeating James Feigen (22.03) and Garrett Weber-Gale (22.04) of the Longhorn Aquatics squad. Adrian had placed fourth (21.93) in the 50 free at the Worlds, losing out on a bronze medal by a hundredth of a second.
"The only reason I came back (to compete in the U.S. Nationals) was my coach (David Durden), and I knew there was more in the tank," Adrian said. "I'm happy I got to come here and swim that time and be a little more satisfied with my season than I was."
On July 24, Adrian had swum the anchor leg (47.40) of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay that captured the bronze medal in a time of 3:11.96 at the World Championships. On July 28, Adrian placed sixth in the finals of the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.23.
Other top performances for swimmers associated with Cal at the U.S. Nationals included former top breaststroker Sean Mahoney (2008-10) tying for third in the 200-meter breast with a mark of 2:13.08. Another former Bear standout, David Russell (2006-09) was sixth in the 100 back (54.44), while Will Copeland (2005-08) was seventh in the 100 free (49.66).
Currently Bear Ben Hinshaw was 10th in the 400 IM. The junior, who was a member of Cal's 2011 NCAA championship squad, finished in a time of 4:22.06.
The next top international swimming event that will include a Bear is the World University Games, August 14-19 in Shenzen, China. Junior standout Tom Shields, the 2011 NCAA champion in the 100 back and a member of the Bears' national champion 400 free and 400 medley relays, will compete in the 200 free, the 100 fly, the 400 medley and the 800 free relays for the United States at the World University Games. Recently graduated senior, Nick Ferrif, will be swimming the 50, 100 and 200 breast for New Zealand.