Michael Andrew meets Michael Phelps – Gold Medal Minute Video

  25 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | May 15th, 2014 | Featured, Gold Medal Minute, International, News, Video | Sponsored by: Swimoutlet.com

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Michael Andrew met Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa. It wasn’t the first time the two Michaels actually met. They came face to face years ago, when Andrew was teeny tiny, at a Swim With The Stars event.

Michael Andrew met Michael Phelps many years before the Mesa Grand Prix.

Michael Andrew met Michael Phelps many years before the Mesa Grand Prix.

In Mesa, the media asked Michael Phelps and NBAC Coach Bob Bowman about the swimming phenom, particularly about Andrew’s method of training, Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT). Coach Bowman, a big proponent of laying a base of aerobic work,  said USRPT has great qualities, but it’s merely one part of a whole. Bowman would not train his athletes USRPT all of the time.  Both Bowman and Phelps added that they are happy for Andrew’s success and curious to see how he performs in long course meters.

Andrew went 23.08 in the 50 meter freestyle and 24.4 in the 50 meter butterfly (a time trial) in Mesa. After several weeks of vacation and very little time in the pool training, Andrew returns to elite competition at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte. Andrew shared that while he’s been thin on training since Mesa, he hopes his 50 speed will be there. Andrew’s gunning for a sub 23 second 50 meter free and a 24 low in the 50 meter butterfly.

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  1. Coach says:
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    Andrew makes Phelps look small… That kid is enormous…

  2. HISWIMCOACH says:
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    Who is this young man Michael Andrew that you speak of? Is he new to the swimming scene? Always fun to hear about new talent emerging.

  3. Joel Lin says:
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    Very interesting last few minutes of this video. Is Michael’s father a scientist or have some other formal education on biomechanics, etc. or is this program all – or a meaningful part – his own discovery and theories? Just wondering how much of this USRPT brand are his father’s own discovery, versus something the father was schooled in or mentored on at some earlier point.

    • Sven says:
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      The program comes from Brent Rushall, a sports scientist and professor out of San Diego State University. The Andrew’s occasionally make small changes to Rushall’s preferred plan, but for the most part, they’re basing it all on his ideas.

  4. bobo gigi says:
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    Haha! Funny photo when we compare with today. :mrgreen:
    The young Andrew has grown a lot since that time!
    MP looks today so small and so skinny next to him. Now that he wants to be a full-time sprinter, he needs to go more often in the weight room!

  5. lane 0 says:
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    I’m glad that Michael prefers LCM. He gonna have to put up some real impressive times to be selected for the youth Olympics. Hopefully, he’ll get some international experience racing against Chalmers, Hintze, Lim, and even Sedov and Santana.

    • Rafael says:
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      Will he try getting to have any WR for his age? He did not at 14.. got close but did not get.. at 15 it will be tough tought… it is the age Thorpe Phelps and Gyurta exploded for the World..

      • coach says:
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        From Billy Madison…

        “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  6. mcgillrocks says:
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    I think we can say that he’s empirically better at interviews than Ryan Lochte was circa 2011. He seems to know what he’s talking about swimming-wise, and also can laugh at himself. Perhaps years of practice from a young age has helped him out.

  7. bobo gigi says:
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    Mel Stewart, you know a little bit swimming and you follow Michael Andrew’s career for a long time so I want your personal opinion.
    Please look at your crystal ball and tell me if you see seriously Mr Andrew become one day a world-class swimmer and a US olympian?

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      My Crystal ball says : ” Yes , he will Be a world class swimmer ” . if that prediction fails , it fails .

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:
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      I’ve had a long day, very tired, but for BOBO GIGI, I’ll answer……

      Yes, he will.

      Crystal Ball? M Andrew’s hurdle will come when he’s in the hunt for an Olympic medal (or to make the US Olympic Team), meaning when he drops to 48+ in the 100 free and has to dig deep to become a 47 sec 100 freestyler (or 50 point 100 flyer, 58 100 breast, 1:53-54 200 IMer). 47 in the 100 free puts him in striking distance in 2016. I strongly believe he’ll be 48+ in the 100m free by 2016 (at 17 years old). To drop a 47 will take a breakout swim.

      Provided his health is okay and he doesn’t suffer an injury between now and ’16, M Andrew will be on-the-bubble in several events at the 2016 US Olympic Trials. As we all know, if he can final in the 100 free, he’ll only need to beat two swimmers to make the US Team (as they take the top 6 for the 4×100 free relay). That, to me, is the M Andrew path to an Olympic medal in 2016…. Having said that, I would not be surprised if he experienced a breakout swim at 16 in the 200 IM or 100 fly. He’s been surprising us again and again.

      The difference between a great swimmer and an Olympic medalist is huge, mostly mental. I think turning pro early will serve him here, make him battle-hardened. It makes him dangerous. He’s already shown us he fears nothing. He’s had bad swims (terrible swims) and bounced back within a week. He’s shown that he’s excited — yet low-key — about racing the fastest swimmers in the world. AND it’s clear he’s having fun….. I think many of us expect burnout because we all experienced levels of burnout on the road to the Olympics. It’s a grind. M Andrew’s experience is different, a joy. He likes practice b/c he’s not grinding his shoulders to dust, churning 10-15k per day.

      I’m old school. I did 50×200 fly sets. Repeat 1000 fly sets. I did 20k days. I did the grind. I also spent a summer with David Marsh doing very speed specific training, and that’s when I turned a corner. Would I do speed specific work 100% of the time? No. I trust putting in a base of training. It’s what I know…. BUT what M Andrew and his coach Peter Andrew are doing is very convincing. Frankly, I think the entire swimming community, worldwide, is going to benefit from their method. Thanks to them we’re going to see a true TEST CASE, see if it works. So far, it is. What excites me? If USRPT works, I see it evolving. I see more kids in swimming. I see more exciting meets, because the idea of swimming fast all the time is a possible.

      Sorry for rambling. Just tired. BOBO, we’ll dig into this topic more in the future.

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Big thanks for answering me.
        I’m always very honoured when an olympic champion and a former world record-holder takes time to answer me. :)
        I didn’t talk specifically about 2016 but more about the future in general. But it’s interesting to read your predictions for that year. You look very optimistic about Mr Andrew’s future. We’ll see. Usually I have a good crystal ball and can make decent predictions but about Michael Andrew it’s all black. I don’t see anything and I can’t make predictions. Too hard for me. I don’t have any feeling here. I watch him develop and that’s fun to watch.

      • mcgillrocks says:
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        What about the mental aspect is so different from an Olympic medallist, to say, the 10th place finisher after semis? I’m honestly interested. I am of the school that being mentally strong is a help, but it can be a hard to quantify position.

        Many would say that if you can swim a medal worthy time (say 21.40 in the 50 free) you can win a medal on talent alone, without having to cope with much mentally, just because it’s just another race under the same conditions.

  8. Anonymous says:
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    Rafael: there is no such thing as a formal 14 and under Fina record and that might explain coach’s reaction. I knew what you meant though.

  9. Homer says:
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    Katie Ledecky is going to Stanford, its a shame Michael Andrew will never have that chance – – at least as a swim team member. Its gold medal or bust for him which is probably not the decision a 15 year old is equipped to make.

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      My understanding, from what I have read, is that Michael Andrew will be doing online University beginning in a year or two. If that is the case I anticipate he would have a University degree before, or around the same time as, Katie Ledecky.

      There is a political divide in this country – for many people on the right the idea of going to Stanford is repugnant (as is the idea of going to Harvard and most other Universities). People on the left do not understand this mindset.

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Why go to Stanford is repugnant?
        Because Katie is very religious? I believe she’s in a catholic high school.
        So what?
        Because there are very smart people there?
        I think she’s above all a very smart young girl, very well educated, with the head on the shoulders and with an open mind unlike many of the crazy far right guys of your country you talk about.
        And if we talk about repugnancy, let’s talk about that in a few words.
        What is more repugnant?
        That Katie goes to Stanford?
        Or that most of the crazy and dangerous right wing American politicians of today who block your Congress :
        – are bought by billionaires?
        – are bought by big oil companies?
        – are bought by gun lobbies?
        – give big tax breaks for wealthiest people who don’t need them while rising taxes for the middle class which they couldn’t care less about?
        – cut public education budgets because they want the biggest number of young idiot people who will be unable to think by themselves in the future and will only stupidly repeat all the propagand they listen on Fox News 24/7 all year?
        – make everything they can to prevent people who could vote not as they want from voting and generally make everything they can so that less possible people vote? Because they know that the more people vote the less they have chance to win. What a great sense of democracy these guys have!
        – make everything they can to attack the women’s rights?
        – give lessons after letting USA in 2008 with the biggest economic crisis since WW2 which resulted in millions of unemployed people and massive budget deficits, 2 unfinished wars with big human and financial costs, an auto industry which was almost dead and Ben Laden alive?
        – fight against a minimum wage raise and an immigration reform most of Americans want?
        – fight to have more Americans without healthcare?
        – created a crazy dangerous and costly government shutdown?
        – don’t know anything about the world outside of USA?
        – deny the climate change and all the daily effects on the planet?
        What is more repugnant?
        That Katie goes to Stanford?
        Or that the guys I just talked about above have so much power in USA?

        Come on, all the very conservative swimswam readers!
        “Dislike” me as much as you want!
        It will be an honor! :)

        I feel very good after writing that comment.

        Long live Katie Ledecky and much success to her in the future.

        • anonymous says:
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          My point was not to express my right wing politics (Bobo – you did a good job – if I ever forget what I believe in I will try to check your post) and I am not disparaging Katie Ledecky’s choice. My point was that a scholarship to a “top” tier school is worth very little to many people and the idea of going there, even if free, carries no value (or negative value). This may be for any number of reasons but I would guess a primary one would be that the values of those on campus would not match the values of a “right-winger”. This concept is foreign to most people and I was simply trying to explain something that I knew most swimswam readers would not understand.

  10. BTH says:
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    Can we discuss the “9.0 seconds for the 25 in overspeed” claim?
    I think we decided that Dressel was 9.0/9.1 to his feet on his insane 19-low practice swim last summer. Reigning 25 freestyle world champ Tandy was half a body length ahead of the field with his 9.01 at NCAAs. The 18.6s from Morozov and Adrian came off of 9.1 front halves. (Cielo was 8.8 when suited up en route to his 18.4) I guess my point is that nobody repeats 9.0, even off the blocks with a touch finish.
    He and his dad must be playing with us, but if 9.25 is in the ballpark of his no-BS failure threshold for sprint 25s, just how close to 18 can Andrew get next short course?
    On a related note, I’m curious as to whether he finishes to the feet or with a touch on his repeats for other paces.

  11. Mary says:
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    I’m blown away that anybody would think a college scholarship to Stanford would be something negative. I find it interesting that as a coach I pay my starting 15 yr old swimmers $15/hr 2teach in our learn to swim program where successful businesses think they will go broke if they pay their employees a decent wage. Yes, I think Michael Andrew will be an Olympian

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