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Nathan Adrian won his first meet in 2018 and he made it look effortless as usual.

Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.75 Friday at the ProSwim Series in Austin, Texas. Ryan Held was second in 49.35 followed by Daniel Krueger in third in 49.77.

Adrian, the Olympic gold medalist from Bremerton, went out early in 23.43 to take the lead over the first 50 yards, and extended the gap as he raced for the wall.

“I feel good. We usually come down to Austin after a little stint at altitude,” Adrian said in a post-race interview with NBC’s Rowdy Gaines. “It’s good training to see where we are.”

Nathan Adrian

“I just try to take advantage of every single day,” Adrian said when asked by Gaines how he remains so consistent. “Whether you feel good, whether you feel bad, do what you can to be better come the end of the season.”

Adrian said playing around with his strokes and strategy keeps him fresh.

“That’s a completely different swim than I would have done a year ago, two years ago,” he said. “Gotta experiment, gotta constantly try and find ways to improve. It might not be the right direction but we’re sure going to try.”

Adrian is slated to swim the 50 free Saturday. A live stream can be viewed on usaswimming.com. Finals are at 3:40 p.m. local time.

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