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NCAA Division I Men's Championships: California's Nathan Adrian Betters American Record in 50 Free -- March 24, 2011

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 24. CALIFORNIA's Nathan Adrian reclaimed his 50-yard free crown with an American record in the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.

Adrian turned in a scorching time of 18.66 to best his previous national record of 18.71 set back in 2009 when he last won the NCAA title in the event. Last year, he fell to Josh Schneider's 18.93, or else he'd be a three-time winner in the event. That effort moved him up to third all time, as Cesar Cielo owns the U.S. Open and NCAA record with an 18.47 relay leadoff from 2008, and Matt Targett checked in with an 18.52 in 2009.


Auburn's Adam Brown nearly tracked Adrian down with a second-place 18.72 to jump to sixth all time in the event, while Texas' Jimmy Feigen earned third-place honors in 18.97 – just off his personal best of 18.84 from last year.

Arizona's Adam Small (19.03), Stanford's Alex Coville (19.25), USC's Vlad Morozov (19.38), Auburn's Karl Krug (19.50) and California's Graeme Moore (19.54) also scored A final points.

Minnesota's Michael Richards (19.39), Auburn's Drew Modrov (19.41), Auburn's Kohlton Norys (19.46), California's Josh Daniels (19.58), Auburn's Marcelo Chierighini (19.65), Auburn's Chris Manning (19.67), Clemson's Eric Bruck (19.67) and Columbia's Adam Powell (19.74) made up the consolation field.

Stanford pushed its leading tally to 104 points with California closing the distance with a second-place 94 points. Auburn (92.5), Texas (89) and Arizona (73) held third through fifth.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
Stanford (133.25), Texas (133), California (123.25), Arizona (102.25), Auburn (101.75), Virginia (79.25), Florida (69.25), USC (59.25), Michigan (58.25), Texas A&M (47.5)

* Average Scoring Projections based on the average points allotted to an A finalist (14.75) and a B finalist (4.625). Double points for relays.

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Results: NCAA Division I Men's Championships, Day One


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March 24, 2011 No wonder yAdam Brown was crusing @ British Trials a couple of weeks ago..

And looks like reality finally caught up with "Vlady"...well we'll see how he fares in 100.

Bet Nathan could go 18.4 thesedays if he had the "trick" suit -- and Cielo was in the lane next to him!
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 24, 2011 Great times, but i was expecting a lot more.Vlad and Feigen a bit off...
Just for comparison, Cielo´s 20.51 from SCM Worlds is equivalent 18.38 in yards.

Submitted by: MrIron
March 25, 2011 Given that Cielo's 18.47 was done in a LAZR, I'd rank Adrian's 18.66 slightly ahead of it.
Submitted by: halfbreed
March 25, 2011 I thought people called morozov the second coming of Popov.
Was it all just hype?
Submitted by: aswimfan
March 25, 2011 Cielo's 18.47 was swum in a FS-Pro, not a LZR. While it was full-body, I don't think that it gave him 0.2 seconds of speed in a 50. So his 18.4 still reigns supreme. However, I think this 18.66 definitely jumps ahead of Targett's 18.52 while in a Jaked.
Submitted by: mxskier
March 25, 2011 Thank you, I stand corrected. I'm surprised Auburn wasn't wearing LAZR's in late March of '08.
Submitted by: halfbreed
April 4, 2011 My assessment is that the FS Pro was a bigger jump forward than the LZR was from the Pro. The suits now being worn are still a huge improvement from the Aquablade and earlier suits. The non-permeability really helps a lot. We never had a stretch of championships where everyone was wearing FS Pro's to see how much they helped before we moved into the LZR and rubber suit era.
Submitted by: JimCoach
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2011mncaa Nathan Adrian wins the 50 freestyle at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick

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