Nathan Adrian 100 Free Post Race Interview – 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa

  2 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | April 25th, 2014 | Featured, News, US Grand Prix, Video

Swimming video editor by Coleman Hodges

MEN’S 100 Freestyle – Reported by Braden Keith

This race was all about Nathan Adrian. Adrian exploded off the start and gave himself the lead within the first five seconds of the race. Keeping somewhat pace with him in the first 50 was Roland Schoeman, but Adrian was first at the turn touching in at 23.00 on his feet. Ryan Lochte came off the wall with a great underwater dolphin kick, but wasn’t able to put himself in competition with Adrian, who smoked the rest of the field by over a full second touching the wall in 48.23.

In his post-race interview, when Rowdy Gaines pointed out that Adrian went into his ‘dig for the wall’ technique earlier than he normally does, Adrian said it wasn’t really a plan, but that in-season meets are a good place to try those things. It seemed to work out, as this swim bumped him to 3rd in the world this year, and as the fastest swimmer who hasn’t had a national championship meet yet.

Adrian didn’t look all that smooth at the end of this 100 free, but the power he was generating was palpable to a spectator.
Schoeman finished second in 49.39. Connor Dwyer was third in 49.57, followed by Lochte who used more of a straight arm technique than we’ve seen from him in the past to place 4th in 49.68.

Darian Townsend, a local who trains at Tucson Ford, placed 5th in 49.88, followed by Jimmy Feigen(49.93), Josh Schneider (50.53), and Matt Lindebauer(50.60). Lindenbauer from Louisville at 20 years old was the youngest swimmer in this A-Final by about four years.
Stanford post-grad Alex Coville won the B-Final in 50.08.

Comments

  1. calswimfan says:
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    love this guy

  2. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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    He is a real beast of sprints and often in good humor spirit . Usa is lucky to have a Nathan Adrian .

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