Top Seed Nathan Adrian Scratches from 100 Free A-Final at Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara


After swimming the fastest time of the 100 free prelims at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, California Aquatics’ Nathan Adrian has scratched himself from racing again in finals.

Adrian, who swam a 49.36 in prelims to take the top time of the morning, was out faster than the next-best competitor (23.24) by five tenths. The 2nd-fastest swimmer at the turn, Russian Vlad Morozov, was out in 23.74, and now takes over as the top seed in this race going into finals.

Adrian’s scratch also moves Geoff Cheah (Hong Kong) and Dylan Carter (Trojan Swim Club) out of a 9th place tie that would have required them to compete in a swim-off. Now, both Cheah and Carter will race in the 100 free A final tonight without needing a swim-off.

After winning the 50 free yesterday (21.97) with a time that pushed him up to #7 in world rankings, as well as experiencing a huge drop of .65 from prelims, all eyes were on Adrian as he looked to crack the world top 25 in the 100.

Unofficially, Adrian was the only A-finalist in the men’s 100 free to scratch. Look for a tight race tonight, as the top seed and the 9th seed are separated by less than five tenths.

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Noooooo! 🙁
Nathan I didn’t know it was possible to be mad at you until today…
Hopefully he’ll be ready for Kazan with his 3 or so 100’s this year. I expect a 47.4 to win it this year and I think Adrian should be right around there. It’s just a matter of making it to the final.

bobo gigi

After Manaudou last week in Rome….
I hate that!
Bad for the meet. Bad for the fans in Santa Clara. Bad for the fans overall.

And he was the only American of the A-Final! 😆
Now we have a US Grand Prix A-Final without Americans! 😯
Perhaps swimswam can check that but I think that’s a first in US Grand Prix history.
And it is no coincidence that it happens in men’s sprint.

masters swimmer


Those are good observations and analysis. I always enjoy reading your comments. Thanks and keep up the good work.

bobo gigi



Bobo you can sleep easy knowing jack conger swam a 49.9 at The Woodlands Senior Invitational tonight. Also went 52.2 in fly yesterday

bobo gigi

A fan club is too much for me. 😆
I’m not Justin Bieber.

Lane Four

Maybe he had something else to do. Shopping? Dinner with friends? Disappoint the large number of swimming fans who were there to see the 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 meter freestyle?


Dinner with his father, maybe?? It is father’s day you know…

Lane Four

Did others scratch for Father’s Day?

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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