Nathan Adrian bounces back from cancer to capture five medals at the Pan Am Games

Nathan Adrian had a successful return to the pool last week mere months after undergoing cancer surgery.

Adrian won five medals at last week’s Pan Am Games in Peru, including a gold as a member of the United States 4×100-meter medley relay team.

The Bremerton native was diagnosed with testicular cancer in January and had surgery shortly thereafter. He was in good spirits even in announcing his health problems and was able to return to training not long afterwards.

The foursome of Daniel Carr, Nicolas Fink, Tom Shields and Adrian, swimming anchor, completed the 4×100 medley relay in 3:30.25, setting a new Pan Am Games record.

Adrian also took part in a gold medal winning mixed 4×100 relay with Chadwick, Claire Rasums and Margo Greer.

In his two individual events, Adrian brought home silver medals. He finished second in both his favored 50 and 100 meter sprint races. He swam a 21.87 in the 50 and a 48.17 in the 100.

Adrian also anchored the 4×100 freestyle relay team, swimming alongside Michael Chadwick, Drew Kibler and Grant House. They finished second to Brazil with a time of 3:14.94.