Nathan Adrian felt a little strange walking around the pool during the U.S. National Championships.
Michael Phelps wasn’t there last week. Ryan Lochte was missing, too. And for the first time in almost two decades, when the American long-course world championship team was announced, neither of its biggest stars appeared.
“It’s weird, really weird,” Adrian said. “I’d been focused on swimming for so long, and then it was about swimming fast and then it was like you’re a veteran, and then you look at it now and it’s like you’re one of the leaders of the team. It feels like it was only a few years ago I was nipping on the heels of Jason Lezak.”