- Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Olympian Nathan Adrian defeated a stacked field in the 50-meter freestyle at the Austin Grand Prix on Saturday.

He overcame a bad start to win in 21.89 seconds for his second victory of the three-day meet. Adrian was the only swimmer under 22 seconds in the sprint.

Olympian Anthony Ervin was second at 22.48, followed by Jimmy Feigen in 22.49. Also in the final were Olympians Cullen Jones and Matt Grevers.

“My start was not what I wanted it to be, but you’ve got to do what you can, given the circumstances,” Adrian said. “If I had hit my breakout and start, I might have been a little faster.”

Olympian Natalie Coughlin won the women’s 50 free in 25.17. Amanda Weir, another Olympian, was second in 25.23, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas.

“I feel pretty sluggish, and if I can force myself to go 25.1 in the 50 right now, that’s a really good sign,” Coughlin said. “The support from the crowd has been great. I’ve definitely been riding the struggle bus this weekend, and to get that kind of support has been awesome.”

Allison Schmitt defeated fellow Olympian Katie Ledecky in the 200 freestyle. Schmitt won in 1 minute, 47.71 seconds, ahead of 1:57.76 for Ledecky. Simone Manuel was third.

Olympian Caitlin Leverenz won the 400 individual medley by more than nine seconds. She touched in 4:41.56. Isabella Rongione was second in 4:50.98, followed by Madison Homovich in third.

Olympian Conor Dwyer won the men’s 400 IM in 4:16.58. Tunisian Olympian Ous Mellouli was second in 4:17.69 and Josh Prenot was third.

In other races, Yannick Agnel of France won the men’s 200 free; Hillary Caldwell of Canada won the women’s 200 backstroke; and Ryan Murphy won the 200 back.

The meet at the University of Texas ends Sunday.

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