By USA Swimming | Saturday, June 3, 2017
Olympic champions Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics) and Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming) each claimed 100-meter freestyle victories Friday at the arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara at George F. Haines International Swim Center.
Adrian touched in 48.55 seconds to take the men’s 100m free win ahead of fellow Olympian Caeleb Dressel, who was second in 49.26.
“I’m definitely happy with that because each swim has its own story behind it,” Adrian said. “Especially last year, we were just ironing out one race strategy, one race philosophy, and we hammered it out really good. This year we’re going back to the drawing board, redoing it, kind of re-tooling the 100 for me. It’s been a change, but also it’s also what keeps it interesting for me.”
Just ahead of Adrian’s victory, Manuel edged Stanford teammate and fellow Olympic medalist Lia Neal (Brooklyn, N.Y./Stanford Swimming) in the women’s 100m free in 54.31 to 54.64.
Other Team USA Olympians picking up wins Friday included:
- Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics) in the women’s 100m fly in 57.44
- Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) in the men’s 100m fly in 52.24
- Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics) in the men’s 200m breast in 2:10.80
- Clark Smith (Denver, Colo./Longhorn Aquatics) in the men’s 400m free in 3:49.40
Madisyn Cox (Lubbock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) took the women’s 200m breast in 2:25.62, while Katie Drabot (Cedarburg, Wis./Stanford Swimming) won the women’s 400m free in 4:08.07.
Three days of television coverage from Santa Clara will air on NBC Sports Network, including live telecasts at 8 p.m. EDT on Friday and Sunday. The Saturday action will be broadcast on delay at 1:30 a.m. ET on June 4. All three finals sessions also will be streamed live via NBC Sports. A live webcast also will be available at usaswimming.org.