Michael Andrew is an athletic phenom, famous for breaking the most National Age Group Records in USA Swimming history. Over the course of his young career, the Kansas native holds more than 100 National Age Group (NAG) records, and currently holds a total of 18 national marks; 10 in short course yards and 8 in long course meters. He also holds Junior World Records in the 50m free, back, and fly, which he broke at the 2017 World Junior Championships. Michael has chosen to follow anything but the usual path towards his success both in and out of the pool, and that’s what makes his story really stand out.
Turning Pro – June 2013
Andrew is the youngest swimmer in history to turn professional, doing so June 2013 at the tender age of 14. Andrew signed with P2 Life, a high-performance nutrition supplement manufacturer, therefore, giving up his high school and NCAA eligibility. See complete story here.
At the age of 14, Michael signed his second partnership with Fortune 500 company Mutual of Omaha, specifically for their Mutual of Omaha BREAKOUT Swim Clinic tour. See complete story here.
At the age of 16, Michael signed a multi-year partnership with Adidas, joining mega-stars Allison Schmitt and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo in representing the competitive swim brand. See complete story here.
Michael Andrew – Coached by his father Peter Andrew
Blessed with height, as well as hefty hands and feet, young Michael was born in the United States by two excellence driven parents. Former naval diver father Peter and former British Gladiator mother Tina were both born and raised in South Africa and, with Michael and sister Michaela, see Michael’s career as a family affair. Their family home in Lawrence, Kansas even sports its own training facility in the backyard. An 87′ x 16′ above ground pool with a deck around is where Michael is trained by father, Peter, according to the science-based methodology coined Ultra Short Race Pace Training, or USRPT.
Michael Andrew credits his success in swimming largely to his training style, USRPT, aka Ultra Short Race Pace Training. USRPT is a training format built on scientific evidence gathered by Dr. Brent Rushall. It is race-pace training using an ultra-short training format.
Meeting Dr. Brent Rushall – Choosing USRPT
After meeting Dr. Brent Rushall, the San Diego State University professor considered by most to be the expert on USRPT, at an ASCA conference in 2009, Michael’s parents were enthralled with the ideas and tenets of this unique training method. The training system’s credo dictates that swimmers engaging in USRPT undergo very specific training with very specific times, thus eliminating what is termed junk yardage. This concept appealed both to Michael and Peter. Instead of trudging out 12,000 yards daily through traditional training, Michael swims in the range of 2500 to 3000 yards per day, focusing on the same speed he would churn in a race. Intensity and top speed are certainly keys to USRPT, but the overall goal is to perfect technique.
Team Andrew Indie Swimming – The Brand
Team Andrew Indie Swimming (now the Race Pace Club) provides opportunities through private coaching and year round swim camps for excellence-oriented competitive swimmers to achieve their full potential in the sport. Swimmers are exposed to individualized programs that innovatively employ appropriate scientific principles from the bio-mechanics, psychology, and physiology of human performance. The relevant nature of this orientation leads to performance improvements.
The principles that guide Team Andrew Indie Swimming training and competitive activities focus on relevant procedures that prepare swimmers to improve and race in a satisfying manner. A consistent factor that underlies program content is the evaluation of training performances and the analysis of their relevance to intended swimming races.We are a coach owned club.
Michael Andrew – Faith and Swimming Goals
Having been raised with love and purpose, Michael relishes opportunities to race and compete, and also dreams of revolutionizing the sport. He is vocal about his relationship with God and believes that, through his inpool success, he is revealing the glory of God to the world. Says Michael, “It’s not about me. It is not about swimming. It is about the ability I’ve been blessed with and the circumstances I’ve been blessed with. I’ve been blessed to able to do what I love, to hone my talents in a fun and loving environment while pursuing excellence and giving all the glory to God.”
Michael has been dominating the international swimming scene since his debut in 2015 at the Junior World Championships.
2015 Junior World Championships
In Singapore, Michael was named FINA Male Swimmer of the Meet after collecting a gold, three silvers and a bronze medal. His gold came in the 50 meter backstroke. After breaking the Championship Record in the heats, he went on to take down the rest of the field in the final in another Championship Record of 25.13. His silver medals came in the 50 meter freestyle and butterfly and the 400 meter medley relay. His bronze came in the 400 meter mixed medley relay.
Despite an impressive showing, Michael was disappointed with his performance at the Junior World Championships. He said he was looking to break Junior World Records and pick up more than his one gold medal and that the absence of his father and coach made a big impact on him.
2016 U.S. Olympic Trials
At just 17 years old, there were a lot of eyes on Michael in Omaha to see if he would make to Olympic Team. He came agonizingly close, but was unable to push his ticket to Rio. His first event was his best event, the 100 meter breaststroke. He broke the Junior World Record in the heats and then again in the final, but his 59.82 mark was just 0.64 seconds away from making the team as he touched home in fourth.
He also reached the final in the 200 meter individual medley, but scratched to focus on the 50 meter freestyle semi final that fell on the same night. After finishing 11th, he failed to move on to the final. Michael also swam in the 100 meter butterfly finishing 15th overall and 100 meter freestyle finishing 76nd overall.
2016 World Short Course Championships
Michael won his first senior international medal at the World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada. He swam to the gold medal in the 100 individual medley in 51.84. He also placed 23rd in the 200 IM (1:57.87) and 9th in the 50 breast (26.39).
2017 World Junior Championships
Going into the 2017 World Junior Championships, Michael knew he was again swimming a lot of 50’s and had adjusted his training accordingly for the season, which paid off in a big way for the 18-year-old at his swan song for junior competition. Andrew broke world junior records in the 50m free (21.75), back (24.63), and fly (23.22), taking gold in all 3 as well. He also earned a bronze in the 100m breast (1:00.37), and 8th place in the 200m IM (2:07.27).