INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 25. IN the most-loaded finale of the night, and quite possibly the entire U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials, California's Nathan Adrian overtook training partner Anthony Ervin to win the men's 100-meter freestyle. Adrian downplayed the time and the effort in a post-race interview, as he has his sights set on winning a world title in Barcelona.
Adrian put up a time of 48.10 for the win tonight, after turning second behind Ervin at the 50-meter mark, 22.38 to 22.73. Adrian, however, had plenty in the tank on the way home with a sterling 25.37. He's been faster this year with a fourth-ranked season-best of 48.08 from the Santa Clara stop of the Arena Grand Prix, and likely has plenty to come heading into Barcelona.
Longhorn's Jimmy Feigen, meanwhile, snuck past Ervin to earn the second spot on the squad with a swift time of 48.24. That time shot him to eighth in the world, and beat his lifetime best of 48.46 from the techsuited 2009 U.S. National Championships.
Ervin faded to third with a 48.49 after pushing the pace early, but still managed to line up a 400-meter freestyle relay spot with his effort. That's his second fastest time ever behind a blistering 48.33 from the 2001 World Championships.
Ryan Lochte also salted away a relay spot with a fourth-place time of 48.58 after finally having a chance to fully train just a month or so ago after concluding his reality television obligations.
Longhorn's Ricky Berens (48.68), Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers (48.91), Conor Dwyer (48.94) and Bolles' Caeleb Dressel (49.50) rounded out the loaded championship finale. Dressel further lowered his 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record of 49.63 set during prelims. At that time, he broke the legendary record of Joe Hudepohl (50.24) set way back in 1990.
California's Seth Stubblefield picked up the B final title with a time of 49.78. That performance pipped his lifetime best of 49.88 from earlier today.
Jack Conger dominated the C final in the event with a lifetime best of 49.44. That swim bested his 49.84 from the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. That time also proved to be better than the B finalists.