Watch: Nathan Adrian Post 100 Free Press Conference

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

The 2012 100 Free Olympic gold medalist, Nathan Adrian, secured his spot on the 2016 Olympic Team with another first-place finish in the final of the men’s 100 free.  Afterwards, Adrian spoke to the press about his training with Cal coach Dave Durden, how’s the US men’s 100 free stacks up against the rest of the world, and other topics.

Adrian opened by commenting on tonight’s race:

Feels good! I think we were faster than we were certainly four years ago, so that feels good, but the world is also faster, so there’s that to keep in mind, but just to be able to pop a 47 right now, knowing that if we can hopefully be a little bit faster in about a month is good.

On the U.S. chances in the 4×100 free relay:

400 Freestyle Relay, man, I said it last year, I think people are going to underestimate what the Americans are capable of. I certainly don’t think that, you know, 47.7, 48.2, 48.2 and I think Tony had a 48.5, I don’t think that’s the best we have to offer. I think the next month we will be sharpening our tools, and I think that we have the arsenal to be competitive for medals there.

Read the full transcript here.

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swimdoc

Tough not to root for this guy. A story that seems to be lost in the MP getting to his 5th Olympics, is Ervin also making it back to the Olympics from the same starting point — Athens 2000. MP got 5th in the 200 fly there, while Ervin won (tied) gold. So unlike MP, Ervin has a shot with the 400 free relay, if not the 50 free, of bookending gold medals at Olympics 16 years apart. That’s insane. Could you imagine telling any of the first time gold medal winners this year — let’s just say Dressel, since at 19 he’s the same age as Ervin was in 2000 — “Hey, no sweat, you’ll be back for more… Read more »

swimdoc

“Just as James was four years ago.” Throwing it down for McEvoy.

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