Nathan Adrian of Bremerton set his own meet record in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday at the U.S. Winter Nationals at Ohio State University.
Adrian beat his record by four-hundredths of a second in 18.77, matching Caeleb Dressel’s pool record.
Michael Andrew finished second in 19.17 and Andrej Barna was third in 19.44.
The win is the ninth short-course title for Adrian at nationals. He has won five of the seven 50 free titles since 2009.
Adrian took a break from competition after the World Championships this summer and traveled extensively for his sponsors while also focusing on his training at Cal Berkeley this fall.
“I admittedly overloaded my schedule just a little bit,” Adrian said in an online post-race interview with Swimming World Magazine. “You’re only going to grow if you go out of your comfort zone. And I certainly went out of my comfort zone with how much we were flying around on a jet this fall. Now we know.”
Adrian said he’s been focusing on more aerobic conditioning rather than strength training since worlds.
“I’m really happy that I did it,” Adrian said. “Those are just questions that I couldn’t have answered any other way. I think it really goes to show you that if you put a little more emphasis on the aerobic training you lose a little bit out of your anaerobic stuff. No coach knows me or my body better than (Cal coach) Dave Durden.
“He has found a really good balance of making sure that both of those are trained in the most efficient and best manner.”
Adrian said he felt his speed was back but he has more to go.
He’s slated to swim in the 100 free on Saturday.