Nathan Adrian Remains the King in the 100 Free in the US

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With all of the hype around Auburn’s Zach Apple this morning, we almost forgot about the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian in the race. The 28-year-old veteran got the job done Tuesday night for his eighth national title in the 100 free with a 47.96, good for third in the world behind Great Britain’s Duncan Scott (47.90) and Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (47.91). Adrian makes his fifth World Championship team dating back to 2009.

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel (47.97), Texas’ Townley Haas (48.20) and Auburn’s Apple (48.23) automatically make the team for the relay in Budapest. All three of those guys make their first World Championship team. Dressel is now fourth in the world behind Scott, McEvoy and Adrian.

Missouri’s Michael Chadwick (48.48) and Indiana’s Blake Pieroni (48.49) pick up consideration for Budapest. NC State’s Ryan Held (48.53) and Cal’s Ryan Murphy (49.21) rounded out the top eight.

The US is now the clear favorite moving towards Budapest in the 4×100 free relay as they look to defend the title they won last year in Rio. They have not won a World title since 2009 when they won in Rome.

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9 comments

  1. Merry Burns

    Liane Teel Smith

  2. Francis Pua

    Congratulations to Nathan Adrian. You rock Nathan!

  3. Marcie Dressman

    Awesome race!!! Was fun to watch live!!!

  4. James Hooper

    47.96 to 47.97 ! Awesome race.

  5. Miles Pamil

    Idha ahaaaaaaaaa free style king

  6. Tamy Ottomeyer

    Great race! Keep an eye on ?! #wareagle

  7. Jen Baron

    Yeaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!