Aug. 23, 2010
IRVINE, CALIF. -Nathan Adrian concluded his phenomenal meet at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, held at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., winning four titles. On Saturday, Aug. 21, Adrian was a two-time winner, capturing the 50-meter free in a Pan Pacific record time of 21.55 over world record holder Cesar Cielo (21.57) of Brazil and Canada's Brent Hayden (21.89). He then swam the freestyle leg of the United States' gold medal 400 medley relay victory over Japan, teaming up with Aaron Piersol, Mark Gangloff and Michael Phelps to win the meet's final event (3:32.48, Adrian's leg 47.54).
"That was my first time at an international competition being able to have the honor of representing the United States and anchoring that (400 medley) relay," said Adrian when asked how he was enjoying swimming the anchor leg. "It was awesome."
Back on August 19 the Golden Bear standout had won the 100-meter freestyle with the world's top time this season - 48.15 over Hayden (48.19) and Cielo (48.48). Adrian had also swam the anchor leg on Team USA's gold-medal winning 400 free relay (3:11.74) along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Jason Lezak - clocking in his leg at 47.51 on August 20.
The Pan Pacific Championships is a meet between national team members from the United State versus athletes from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil. Adrian was accompanied by the Bears' head coach David Durden, who recently led Cal to a national runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA championships, and was a member of Team USA's coaching staff.
Adrian had qualified for the Pan Pacifics by winning both the 50 and 100-meter free at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships, held Aug. 3-7, in Irvine. He assured himself a spot on the United States' squad by winning the 50 free in a time of 21.70 and the 100 free in 48.41.
Another Bear standout, senior Graeme Moore, placed fifth in the 100 free with a time of 48.76, swimming for his native South Africa. Adrian and Moore were teammates on Cal's 200 and 400 free relays that won NCAA titles in 2010.