Pool shark

FEDERAL WAY — Bremerton freshman Nathan Adrian wowed the State Class 4A boys swimming and diving championship crowd Friday evening, Feb. 21, with his long, lanky strokes and a come-from-behind first place finish in the 100 free finals.

“Was that exciting or what?” exclaimed Bremerton coach Peter Tonder after Adrian’s success in the 100.

In his Bremerton High logo-emblazoned bright yellow cap, Adrian trailed his nemesis, Olympia swimmer Eric Parnell for the first three turns, and then, in the last 25 meters, he ripped ahead for the gold.

“He just wanted it,” Tonder said.

His time of 47.12 seconds was a personal best and a second faster than his qualifying time the day before when Adrian finished second to Parnell. It also marked the first time a male swimmer from Bremerton has won an event at the state meet. Dana Kirk won two titles (200 free, 100 fly) for the girls team in 2001.

“He thrives on the competition,” Tonder said. “It is amazing how well he does in the fast atmosphere.”

Tonder declared Adrian’s win a great day for Bremerton swimming as well. After being revived last season following a long dormant period (because of a budget cut) Tonder has been instrumental in putting the pieces back together this season around Adrian and several other freshmen.

“It feels great,” Adrian said after his race. “State champion as a freshman.”

Adrian also tied for fourth in 50 free race in 21.99 seconds with Inglemoor senior Jake Crist. Parnell won that event in 21.54 seconds.

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