Nathan Adrian of Bremerton helps Team USA to victory in mixed relay, earns silver in Thursday’s 100 freestyle; Houseman third in 100 breaststroke at junior nationals
Nathan Adrian earned his second Pan American Games medal Thursday evening in the 100-meter freestyle.
Adrian, coming off a gold at the World Championships in South Korea last month, is in Lima, Peru, with Team USA competing in the second straight international competition for USA Swimming.
The Bremerton native has already won Olympic gold, long-course World Championship gold, short-course World Championship gold and Pan Pacific Games gold. He can now add Pan American gold to his outstanding resume.
Adrian took the silver medal behind Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini, 48.17 to 48.09 seconds in the 100 free. Chierighini had a slight lead over Adrian at the 50-meter mark, 22.80 to 22.84, and at the second 50, 25.29 to 25.33 and held on in the final stretch to ward off Adrian’s push at the 10-meter mark. Michael Chadwick of the U.S. took the bronze in 48.88.
Adrian on Wednesday helped the mixed 4×100 relay to a win in 3 minutes, 24.84 seconds, holding off Brazil for silver in 3:25.87. Mexico earned the bronze, 3:31.36.
Adrian’s second-leg split was 47.56.
Earlier Tuesday, Adrian and the men’s 4×100 free relay finished second to Brazil, 3:14.94 to 3:12.61. Mexico again earned the bronze in 3:17.70. Adrian’s split was 47.70 on the anchor leg.
At the U.S. Junior Nationals in Palo Alto, California, Bainbridge Island’s Kevin Houseman finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke to earn a bronze medal at the Avery Aquatics Center Tuesday.
Houseman had a great start off the block and kept up his pace as the top-three finishers made the 50 turn together in just over 28 seconds. Liam Bell pulled ahead for the win in 1:01.19, with Houseman and Ben Dillard racing for second. Dillard edged Houseman 1:01.97 to 1:01.98 as Houseman took a long stretch to the wall.