Nathan Adrian
Courtesy of: Azaria Basile
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SANTA CLARA, California, June 20. THE men's 100-meter freestyle finale proved to be stacked at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara, but that didn't matter to California sprint star Nathan Adrian as he smoked the field.

Adrian raced his way to a sizzling time of 48.17, just off his third-ranked season best of 48.08 from the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona. He won the sprint by more than half-a-second as Michael Phelps showed that he's rounding into world-class form in all of his potential events pretty quickly. Phelps clocked a 48.80 for silver tonight, almost cracking the top 20 in the process.


NBAC's Conor Dwyer held off NYAC's Adam Brown, 49.76 to 49.92, for third-place honors, while NBAC's Yannick Agnel wound up fifth in 49.94. Califronia's Anthony Ervin (50.03), Santo Condorelli (50.35), Auburn's James Disney-May (50.44) and Auburn's Marcelo Chierighini (50.94) also competed in the A final.

NBAC's Matt McLean, a middle distance specialist, showed off some versatility with a 50.26 to win the B final this evening. Stanford's Alex Coville claimed second in 50.58 with California's Seth Stubblefield earning third in 50.59.

Hong Kong's Geoff Cheah (50.71), Brazil's Bruno Fratus (50.84), Gators' Corey Main (50.90), SwimMAC's Dax Hill (51.21), California's Tyler Messerschmidt (51.58) and John Murray (52.31) also vied for the consolation title.


Results: Arena Grand Prix Santa Clara: Day Two Finals