AUSTIN, Texas, January 18. CALIFORNIA’s Nathan Adrian torched a field that included a total of five Olympic medalists in the men’s 100-meter free at the Arena Grand Prix stop in Austin. Adrian threw down a 48.26 to take the second spot in the world this year.
Only James Magnussen, with his 47.73 from earlier today in Australia, has been faster in the early goings of this year. Adrian pushed the pace early, splitting a 22.96 at the wall, before coming home in 25.30 to easily win the finale.
NBAC’s Yannick Agnel, one of the top 100 freestylers in the world out of France but training in Baltimore with head coach Bob Bowman, wound up taking second in the finale with a 49.31. His training partner, Conor Dwyer, also made the podium with a third-place time of 49.39. California’s Anthony Ervin just missed a podium paycheck with a fourth-place time of 49.42.
Longhorn’s Jimmy Feigen was the top local talent with a fifth-place time of 49.57, while former Longhorn Dax Hill, now swimming for SwimMAC’s Team Elite, earned sixth with a 50.09.
NBAC’s Matt McLean, typically a middle-distance swimmer, took seventh overall with a lifetime best of 50.13. Stanford’s Alex Coville rounded out the top eight with a time of 50.49.
SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones got his hand on the wall first in the B final with a time of 50.63, just ahead of Ontario’s Evan Van Moerkerke’s 50.73.