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It looks like the TYR Pro Swim Series 50-meter freestyle event is going to be a head-to-head race between Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian and Pace Club’s Michael Andrew for the foreseeable future.

Adrian held on to win the event Saturday in a respectable 22.94 seconds to Andrew’s 23.70.

The 50 free is held in an eight-man race, then four-man, then the top two in the event finale.

Adrian said he was happy with his first 50 race, in which he went a 21.47, then went 22.68 in the semifinals.

“(I) started taking some breaths because obviously three of those 50s in 20 minutes is going to take it out of you,” he said in a post-race interview. “So I had to make sure my body had plenty of oxygen through it.”

Adrian said it’s been great to have someone to compete against in Andrew.

“That’s the fun part about the sport,” he said. “There’s always going to be people coming up and people pushing you every day.”

Adrian will shift his focus to training for the upcoming Pan Pacific Championships August 8-14 in Tokyo, site of the 2020 Olympics.

“I guess just focus on the little things,” he said. “We really laid a good foundation. I think through the fall (we were) really good about training. Even from Atlanta to here, we got a really good training block.”

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