Anthony Ervin Suffers in 100 Free, Longs for 50 Free at the Austin Grand Prix

  0 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | January 19th, 2013 | Featured, News, US Grand Prix

Reported by Braden Keith, go here for full coverage of the Austin Grand Prix presented by FINIS.

Men’s 100 Free, Ervin was 5th

Nathan Adrian dropped another one-up on his newfound Australian rival James Magnussen by posting a 48.32 win in this 100 free; that swim just edged out Magnussen’s 48.39 from earlier in the day (at the BHP Aquatic Super Series) as the fastest time in the world early in 2013, though both swims are quite impressive for January.

For Adrian, that not only dropped a Meet Record, but it also took down a legendary Pool Record from all the way back in 1988 – one owned by another Cal Bear, Matt Biondi, at 48.42. Biondi’s swim stood as the American Record for over a decade, so this is no small-change pool mark at the Texas Swim Center.

Texas post grad and volunteer assistant Ricky Berens was the only other swimmer under 50 seconds in the race, as he took a runner-up spot in 49.35; that won him the $300 second-place prize and knocked his teammate Jimmy Feigen to 3rd in 50.01.

Matt Grevers was next in line in 50.01, followed by Anthony Ervin (50.49). Ryan Lochte won the B-Final in 51.09.

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