At the tail end of a summer filled with big international meets, the World Junior Championships are just around the corner. The championships will be in Singapore and take place from Aug 25th to the 30th. The team is currently scheduled to reassemble on August 20th to travel to Singapore for the Championships.
Michael Andrew, now considered a veteran with the US Jr national team, is slated for a schedule that might even make Katinka Hosszu turn her head in surprise. After competing for the US at the 2014 Pan Pacific Jr Championships in only the 100 backstroke, Andrew has stepped up his game big time. He qualified for the team at US Nationals in 5 (that’s right, 5) individual events: 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 50 free, and 200 IM. In addition to this already monster line up, he is expecting to swim all 3 50’s of specialty (which weren’t swam at US Nationals since they are non-olympic events), as well as medley relays, both male and mixed.
Not only does the 16-year-old pro swimmer believe he can excel in this grueling schedule; he’s going for gold. Andrew is confident that USRPT has prepared him to handle this insane agenda with poise and success, because the training method emphasizes maximum recovery in between race efforts.
At this point in his career, all I can say is repeat Michael Phelp’s (who had quite the meet himself recently) age old mantra: anything is possible. Michael Andrew has now been a professional athlete for 2 years now, and has continued to have great successes and significant time drops in meets where he is swimming upwards of 10 races over 3-5 days. He knows how to handle the pressure of international competition and national expectations, and he obviously knows how to step up when it matters most.
This will be one storyline in August that is not to be missed.