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Nathan Adrian, Olympic Swimmer and Bremerton HS Alum '06

WIAA Alumni Competing in the Rio Olympics

(Photo via teamusa.org)
Bremerton Alum  |  Nathan Adrian

Rio Olympics Results:

Gold Medal - Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Gold Medal - Men's 4x100m Medley Relay
Bronze Medal - Men's 50m Freestyle
Bronze Medal - Men's 100m Freestyle

Ten-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian, a Bremerton HS alum, is featured in the Olympics edition of the Alumni Spotlight.

Nathan was introduced to swimming at the age of five when his older brother, sister and his friends were all swimming. His love of swimming blossomed from there. Nathan became a two-time WIAA State Champion in the 200-yard Freestyle with a time of 1:37.17 and the 100-yard Freestyle with a time of 44.08 as a senior (2006). His winning time in the 200-yard Freestyle is still a Boys Swimming & Diving State Meet Record. He followed his brother's and sister's footsteps and chose to swim at the Division I collegiate level. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he swam for the Bears. He captured five NCAA individual titles in the 50-yard Freestyle (2009, 2011) and the 100-yard Freestyle (2009, 2010, 2011).

Nathan's mother is from Hong Kong originally and she had not been back to China in several years, so when he qualified for the 2008 Games in Beijing it was extra special for him and his family. However, the results Nathan was hoping for in the water did not ring true. The 2012 London Olympics allowed him to show how much hard work he had been putting in over those next four years to finally gain the success he wanted in the pool. He won gold medals in the 100m Freestyle and the 4x100m medley relay, and a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

When asked about how he deals with losing Nathan states, "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want."
in his Team Speedo interview (full video interview embedded below). Nathan keeps a positive mindset and strives to always have fun, which he sees as the key to success.

In August of 2012, the city of Bremerton named a street "Nathan Adrian Drive" in honor of his Olympic achievements. On December 22, 2012 he got to raise the 12th Man flag at the Seattle Seahawks game. While he adds Olympic medals to his name he remains true to his roots in the Pacific Northwest. All of the PNW is behind you Nathan!


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