Michael Andrew has broken yet another National Age Group Record in Florida while swimming at the NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater this weekend. This meet will be his last as a 13-14 before aging up (his birthday comes on Friday, but by USA Swimming rules, as a 14-year old at the meet’s start, his records count for 13-14′s).
Andrew started his meet out with a 1:44.02 in the 200 yard backstroke, which takes a full second off of his own record of 1:45.14 set at the Jenks Sectional in early March.
Andrew now sits well out in front of the all-time top 5 in this event among 13-14′s:
- Michael Andrew, 1:44.02
- Benjamin Ho, 1:45.73
- Ethan Young, 1:46.56
- Ryan Murphy, 1:46.67
- Jack Conger, 1:46.82
He’s still about three seconds away from Ryan Murphy’s 15-16 record in the event.
Andrew has particular motivation this week, as his grandparents have made the trip in from South Africa to watch him swim – the first time they’ve seen him race since his star has grown so large.
More context to come when he officially ages up.