Race Video: Nathan Adrian Wins 100m Freestyle Over Tough Field At US Nationals


With 7 US Olympians in the final of the men’s 100 freestyle, you knew it was going to be close. Flipping first at the 50 is Nathan Adrian at 22.8, with Ervin at 22.9. Nathan Adrian worked his way into the finish to win the race with a time of 48.31. Ryan Lochte reached in from Lane 8 to finish second with his time of 48.96. Jimmy Feigen was just behind Lochte at 48.98. Conor Dwyer secured the final Pan Pac roster spot with his time of 49.06.

Anthony Ervin finished in fifth at 49.08, followed by Matt Grevers in sixth at 49.12. Michael Phelps was .4 seconds slower than he was this morning. He reached in to finish seventh. Seth Stubblefield finished in 8th place with his time of 49.34.

In a very close race, Jack Conger reached in to win the B-final of the men’s 100 freestyle with his time of 49.28. Darian Townsend finished second in his first meet as an American citizen with his time of 49.53.

Blake Pieroni from Indiana University Swim Team and Townley Haas from NOVA of Virginia tied to win the C-final of the men’s 100 freestyle. They both touched the wall at 49.69.

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When I read the results of the 100 free final on the meet’s website (I didn’t see it live), my first thought was: strong wind during the race. But then I read some of the live comments and no one mentioned the wind. So right now the only explanation I have for these very disappointing times (Phelps’ missed wall being a case apart) is that every finalist assessed his race based on his position relative to Nathan Adrian’s. Nathan Adrian was slow compared to prelims, and so was virtually everyone else. If it’s not that, I don’t know what it is. And man, what’s happening to mr Dressel? I strongly believe in the kid. Ps: unfortunately, the video above is… Read more »


Luigi, I think you may be onto something. I was there and while there was some breeze prior to finals and a bit during the women’s 2 Fly, by the time the mens’ 100 rolled around there was little if any. In his interview posted on here, Phelps did mention that he was watching Adrian and judging his turn by how far he was behind Adrian; I’m thinking the other swimmers may have been watching Adrian. I thought maybe Lochte did well because he was too far away from Adrian to watch him, but then he did say he saw Phelps mess up his turn underwater so he was watching too, lol!


Thanks Liquidassets for the information, and lucky you for being there in person! I must say I find it hard to believe that Lochte was able to see MP’s turn from 5 lanes apart! Then again, these guys are not ordinary swimmers, are they?

bobo gigi

Same for me. When I watched the race live, I was disappointed in two ways. Michael swam a bad race. And the times overall were pretty slow. The depth under 50 was impressive all day. 32 men under 50 in prelims! Great C and B-finals with fast young swimmers. But the A-Final with the big names was slow. About Caeleb Dressel. Just my supposition. He has taken a long break after the short course junior nationals last December and was back in competition only in June. His speed is there. We have seen it last week when he swam 22.36 in the 50 free. But his endurance is not there. He struggles in the 100 free. He swam a decent… Read more »


Your explanation for Dressel’s time in the 100 makes sense to me. I hope you’re right!


Also Phelps or maybe Bowman mentioned the shadows messing up his turn, and I have to agree, the lighting at Irvine is weird that time of day with strong blinding sun before it sets for about 10 meters in the middle of the pool, and then dark shadows at the far end of the pool; that combination makes it slightly hard for spectators to see the action perfectly too. They should have turned the lights on earlier.

bobo gigi

Luigi, here are the 100 free race videos posted on youtube by USA swimming and available for everyone in the world.

Thanks to USA swimming for the free live webcast available in the entire world and for posting the race videos so quickly. Great job guys! 🙂


Thank you, Bobo. When I checked USA Swimming’s youtube channel this morning, every race was there except the Men 100 free A Final, I thought this was on account of some copyright agreement. That turn by MP was terrible. The one by Lochte, perfect.

ps you probably know it already, but Gigi is short for Luigi in most Italian regions 😀


Most were surprised by the time. Expected to be faster. Lochte straight arm at the end. Might help him in all medley relay.


I mean individual medley.

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