Thanks to Rob Butcher and USMS for sharing the above video of Nathan Adrian’s swim from the 2014 United States Masters Championships 100 yard freestyle.
25-year old Nathan Adrian swam a 41.13 in the men’s 100 yard freestyle on Saturday at the 2014 United States Masters National Championships, which not only broke the Masters’ National Record for the 25-29 age group, but came within .05 of his own American Record (any age) from the 2009 NCAA Championships.
(Update: Adrian’s swim was originally reported as tying the American record at 41.08, but a statement from USMS on Sunday announced that this was a timing error, and his actual time was a 41.13. You can read the statement here.)
Adrian’s stroke continues to evolve as he progresses toward Rio to try and defend his Olympic gold in the 100 meter freestyle. The stroke we saw at Masters’ Nationals and a week ago at the Mesa Grand Prix (below) have a much bigger gallop than we saw from him in London (last video below). He’s always had somewhat of a gallop, but never as much as he’s been displaying lately, and he seems to be getting a ton of power out of that stroke.
Compared to the very smooth, even, steady rhythm of Darian Townsend (who is just below Adrian on the video), it’s obvious how pronounced his gallop has become, though Adrian’s 50’s seem to be more along the lines of where were used to seeing his stroke.
So far, this tweak seems to be working for him, as he’s swimming extremely well in-season this year.