AUSTIN, Texas, January 19.CALIFORNIA’s Nathan Adrian doubled up in the sprint freestyles despite having a rough start on the men’s splash-and-dash at the Arena Grand Prix in Austin. Adrian still managed to push the pace with a 21.89 to win the men’s 50-meter free title, coming up a bit shy of his in-season best of 21.70 from last year’s Grand Prix stop here in Austin.
No one else came even close in the finale as training partner and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin tracked down second in 22.48. Ervin had to give everything he had to hold off Longhorn Jimmy Feigen, as the Texas-Ex hit the wall third in 22.49.
SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones placed fourth overall in 22.63, while Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers claimed fifth in the finale with a 22.67.
SwimAtlanta’s Karl Krug posted a 22.89 for sixth, while SwimMAC’s Roy-Allan Burch (23.07) and PASA’s Geoffrey Cheah (23.09) also competed in the championship heat.
Another Texas-Ex, Dax Hill, earned a big cheer with a B final win in 23.02. Hill is in his first meet back in Austin after moving to Charlotte to be part of the SwimMAC post-grad program.
Michael Andrew, the 14-year-old professional swimmer who broke his 13-14 National Age Group record with a 23.19 during a time trial this afternoon, had a tough time of it with a full pool this evening as he clocked a 23.36.