Andrew on National Title: “It felt perfect from the beginning” (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew– 59.38
  2. SILVER: Andrew Wilson– 59.43
  3. BRONZE: Devin Nowicki- 59.48
  4. FOURTH: Kevin Cordes– 59.72

He got it done again. Michael Andrew made headlines for his stroke 50 speed last summer, but now he’s officially qualified for the Pan Pacs squad with his win in the 100 breast. Andrew, whose usual M.O. is his front-end speed, came from behind to clip Andrew Wilson (59.43) and Devon Nowicki(59.48) at the finish in 59.38. That was a best by about half a second for Andrew, who was a little bit on the fence for Pan Pacs prior to tonight after taking 3rd in the 100 fly. Last night, he broke the 50 breast U.S. Open Record, which formerly belonged to Olympic champion Adam Peaty. He’s now safely qualified for both Worlds (50 fly, 50 breast) and Pan Pacs. Andrew has had quite a meet, swimming best times in every event thus far.

Wilson should be safe for Pan Pacs, taking 2nd in both the 100 and 200 breast. Devon Nowicki, who made a big breakthrough at this meet, broke 1:00 for the first time after coming close twice this summer. He’s now on the bubble for Pan Pacs.

American Record holder Kevin Cordes was 4th in 59.72, and doesn’t look like he’ll be making the trip to Pan Pacs and in turn, won’t go to 2019 Worlds. Cordes was the 2017 national champion and silver medalist at 2017 Worlds. Likewise, fellow 2016 Olympic 100 breaststroker Cody Miller, who took bronze in Rio, won’t be making Pan Pacs or Worlds as he placed 5th in 59.77. 2o17 Worlds team member Nic Fink is also likely out after taking 4th in the 200 breast and placing 6th here in 1:00.12.

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Well executed, with the fastest back half. Going to be interesting to see the 50free on the last day. But either way MA is a lock for both Pan Pacs and Worlds.


Breakthrough Nats for MA.
Besides he riaffirmed his strenght as a unique all-50s specialist, two 100s (fly and br) with a nice present and a very likely brighter future.
He already found a good distribution in his victorious 100 breastroke (59.38: 27.7-31.7, the best return among all the finalists); he may find certainly a better balance in his 100 fly (51.68: 23.64-28.04).
His fly is great for wideness of stroke (even at maximum speed in the 50) and there’s lots of room for improvement in that 100 fly. Improvements already made in the 100 breastroke (but others will come): to be, at 19, the best breastroker in Usa must be exciting.

25 free champ

Andrew Wilson has been 59.1 this year. I’d say he’s in the conversation, if not the best USA breaststroker currently. MA is incredible though. Who else has gold medals in multiple strokes at this meet? Hoping he adds a freestyle win tonight.


His story is really about being super consistent with his swims. Nowicki has got to have a higher upside in this event right now. Should be interesting to see this story unfold over the next two years


Nowicki lost the race on the glide into the turn. That mistake gave back a big chunk of his lead, definitely cost him more than .1 second. Fearless swimmer. Agreed, his up side is enormous. I think he’s just scratching the surface and can ride this wave of momentum a long way.


Point of semantics: MA is NOT consistent with his swims. His swims keep getting faster, overall, meet-to-meet!

That’s the kind of “inconsistency” we’d all like to see!

Congratulations, Michael Andrew!


He is consistently fast, consistently improving, and consistently trying new things to get faster.


Exaggerate much? He doesn’t do this it’s not even close. Both his 1fly and 1breast he had long dry spells without a drop. 2IM nope. 50free eh maybe a couple hundredths since last summer. I just call it consistency he gonna fight the rest of his career to drop very small amounts of time but it’s amazing how close he always swims to his best


Has he had any finals at this meet in which he DIDN’T get a best time? If he didn’t have a finals PR, how does that compare to races in this meet in which he DID get a best time? How many others who finished on a podium and earned a trip to a major meet had PR’s in this meet? I can count Regan Smith, Nowitski, and Kathleen Baker. How many others could have made USA teams this summer if they’d gone closer to their PR’s: Cordes, Miller, Shields, Hannis, Licon…? He went PR’s when it counted. Are you allergic to giving this young man any credit? Every single person during the last several who has predicted he’d stop… Read more »


MA dropped 2 TENTHS of a second off his best time in the 50 free tonight. When you can, I’d like to see you comment on how this fits into your comment of having to fight the rest of his career to drop very small amounts.

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