Andrew’s 50 Fly WJR Ties Cielo for 7th Performance in the World in 2017

6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Men’s 50m Butterfly – final

  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew, USA, 23.22
  2. SILVER: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 23.53
  3. BRONZE: Kristof Milak, HUN, 23.72

Michael Andrew of USA lowered his day-old World Junior Record in the 50m fly in Sunday night’s final at World Junior Swimming Championships at IUPUI. In his three 50 fly performances over the last 24 hours, he first broke the Championship Record with 23.48 in heats on Saturday morning. He then eclipsed Evgeny Sedov’s 2014 WJR of 23.28 on Saturday night in semis with 23.27. Finally, he took another 5/100 off the mark to settle the WJR and CR at 23.22.

And with that swim, Andrew became the fifth-fastest American of all time, and tied Cesar Cielo for the 7th-fastest performance of the 2016-17 season.

Fastest Americans Ever: Men’s 50 Fly

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 22.76
  2. Bryan Lundquist – 22.91
  3. Eugene Godsoe – 23.05
  4. Ian Crocker – 23.12
  5. Michael Andrew – 23.22
  6. Tim Phillips – 23.25
  7. Cullen Jones – 23.26
  8. Matt Grevers – 23.29
  9. Giles Smith – 23.30
  10. Chris Brady – 23.38

Top 10 Performances in the World in 2016-17

2016-2017 LCM MEN 50 Fly

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Andrew has now earned four medals in Indy, three of which also came with World Junior Records: gold and WJR in the 50m free, gold and WJR in the 50m back, gold and WJR in the 50m fly, and bronze in the 100m breast. Andrew will swim in the final of the 50m breast on Monday evening.


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Delfina Pignatiello of Argentina has the fourth best 1500m this year as well.

crooked donald

#2 in the U.S. in 50 fly and 50 free. Pretty impressive. Of course, a ways to go before he gets that #1 guy.


Too bad he couldn’t hit those times at worlds trials


True, but props to him for finding another level this season in spite of the obvious disappointment of not making the “Sr” Worlds team.

Old Bay

Not knocking any of his times but he may have not been able to swim as fast at World Trials because he hasn’t had that open water in each of his 50 races

crooked donald

Agree that’s a factor, but not a 3/10’s of a second factor.


I don’t think this is a factor. The wave from another swimmer doesn’t move that fast in the lateral direction. For it to be an issue on a one-length race, MA would have to be pretty far behind in order for the wave to move from the swimmer in the other lane, around the lane line, and then impede his progress. He’s fast enough that by the time that wave reaches the middle of his lane, he’s past that point.

crooked donald

One would think, but the fastest 50’s are invariably done with relative open water —- either with a Dressel/Manaudou start or done in a country’s trials with less competition (Ben Proud) instead of Olympics or worlds. Adrian has said he’d much rather have an outside lane than a middle lane because of the wake, and he wasn’t just talking about coming off the wall. The wake still catches the lower legs, especially if you’re 6’5″. But again, probably more like a tenth than anything else.


Any videos of these swims anywhere?

expert coach

Fina’s youtube has the heats but I don’t know where the finals are.

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