Coming off his first win of the calendar year, Nathan Adrian made it a sweep of the sprint events at the TYR Pro Swim Series Saturday in Austin, Texas.
Adrian held off Michael Andrew in the final of the 50-meter freestyle by .01 seconds, 22.08 to 22.09.
Adrian won the 100 freestyle on Friday in 48.75.
The series changed the format of its 50 stroke events. Instead of preliminaries and finals, swimmers compete in quarterfinals (top eight), semifinals (top four) and finals (top two) and have more rest in between heats.
“It’s fun,” Adrian said in a post-race interview of the shootout format. “It kind of feels a little bit more like a practice. That’s what we do in practice. We try and race and race fast.”
Adrian never breathed once he left the starting block and it appeared he was slightly behind Andrew heading into the final 10 meters only to out-touch his opponent at the wall.
“You just try and go into execute mode,” Adrian said of the final five meters. “Really, it’s all about timing that finish. Whether or not I have to lengthen my strokes out or shorten them up to make sure that that last stroke ends on the wall instead of a meter out from the wall.”