Nathan Adrian qualifies to defend 2012 Olympic gold in Rio
Nathan Adrian qualified to defend his Olympic gold medal in the 100m freestyle by winning the event in 47.72 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Thursday from Omaha, Nebraska.
Adrian raced to the second-fastest time in the world this year, and will be joined by Caeleb Dressel for an individual berth to Rio. Dressel, a college standout racing without his trademark Bible verse written in Sharpie on his face, clocked 48.23.
Adrian won the 100m freestyle Olympic title in 2012 by one one-hundredth of a second over Australia’s James Magnussen.
Ryan Held and Anthony Ervin also earned automatic berths to Rio by finishing in third and fourth place, respectively, while 2012 Olympian Jimmy Feigen finished fifth and will likely be named to the team later. Blake Pieroni, who finished sixth, will also likely be named later to the team.
Josh Prenot and Kevin Cordes qualified for the 200m breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics by finishing first and second, respectively at Trials.
Prenot broke Cordes’ American record – set earlier in the Trials – and raced to two minutes, 7.17 seconds.
Cammile Adams raced to 2:06.80 to win the 200m butterfly – her signature event – at Trials and earn a second trip to the Olympic Games. Adams finished fifth in the event at the London Olympics in a time of 2:06.78. Hali Flickinger was second in 2:07.50 and will likely be named to the 2016 Olympic team, too.
Earlier in the preliminary heats on Wednesday, Adams’ return trip to the Olympics was nearly derailed as a disqualification was called on her turn; it was later overturned and she was cleared to compete.
Abbey Weitzeil enters Thursday’s final in first place after posting the top time of the night (53.57) in the 100m freestyle semifinals. Also joining her are Simone Manuel, Dana Vollmer, Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt.
Neither Missy Franklin nor Natalie Coughlin was fast enough to advance to the final.