SwimSwam Podcast: How Easy is Going a 48 100m Free for Nathan Adrian?

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with the 100 freestyle savant himself, Nathan Adrian, to talk about his perfect race. He said that individually, his 100 free from the 2012 London Olympics, where he won gold by .01 and posted his lifetime best, was as close as he’s come to executing a perfect race. As far as relay performances go, Nathan was a little coy when it came to strategy, but did admit that anchoring the 4×100 medley relay in London was one of his favorite relay memories.

Although we have become accustomed to him making it look easy year after year, Nathan says that going 48 in the 100m freestyle is never easy, and he has to try very hard to do so every time he does.

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6 months ago

He has the most 48 swims ever right? Is there anyone even close to him in terms of number of swims going 48?

Reply to  Coleman Hodges
6 months ago

I looked up Cesar Cielo, has done a 46 once and has beaten 48 12 times according to USA swimming database. Maybe he has done some sub 48s in Brazil also?

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Seth
6 months ago

How many of those are textile?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
6 months ago

Yeah, but he hasn’t done any of them with just one nut.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
6 months ago

@ol’longhorn- you are better than that

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Meathead
6 months ago

It was a compliment.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
6 months ago

I remember when I last looked this up seeing the vast number of times he’s gone 48 in finals at a PSS event. He’s got a significant leg up on other international sprinters in this era in terms of going that fast repeatedly by having 7-8 events per year that are major enough to have to swim that fast in order to win but also not in a different course like most World Cup events.

Depending on how many major swims he gets before and during the next Olympics, he could get to the point where his 100th fastest 100 free would be a 48., which would be an insane accomplishment.

Reply to  JCO
6 months ago

Can’t imagine so. Possibly Brent Hayden? He was clocking reasonably regular 48s for a couple of years before Adrian was on the scene and had more time in the suits, but he’s been out of the water for quite some time whilst Adrian’s still been racking them up.

Smooth Panic Breaststroke
6 months ago

His SCM times are so bonkers fast!

6 months ago

Will be fun to see Adrian’s career advance, when he can finally step up to to Masters Nationals. With relaxed officiating, we could see a 17.9 relay split out of him. Many great American Sprinters have tested themselves against the most experienced at USMS Nationals. Only a matter of time till Adrian is drawn to that sweet Siren song that is the Men’s 25+ 200 free relay.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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