Indy PSS: Michael Andrew Posts 58.82 LCM 100 BR, Rises to #2 American All-Time


The first prelims session of the final Pro Swim Series this year kicked off with a bang. Michael Andrew roared to a new personal best in the men’s 100 breast, securing the top seed for tonight’s final with a 58.82.

The swim marks a new PSS Record, and Andrew’s first time under 59 seconds in his career. Additionally, that makes Andrew the fastest American in the event this year, as well as the only American to go sub-59 this year, as we rapidly head towards the U.S. Olympic Trials. Andrew entered the meet with a lifetime best of 59.14, which he had swum back in March of 2020. The swim also marked Andrew’s first sub-1:00 of 2021.

Indy PSS – 5/13/2021 Des Moines PSS – 3/5/2020
1st 50 27.45 27.48
2nd 50 31.37 31.66
Final Time 58.82 59.14

Andrew’s improvement this morning came mostly from the 2nd 50, where he was 0.29 seconds faster than he swam for his previous lifetime best.

The previous Pro Swim Series record was held at 58.86, and was set by World Record-holder Adam Peaty from 2017. With the swim, Andrew not only broke an Adam Peaty record, he’s now also the #2 American all-time in the event, and has inched closer to the 58.64 American Record, held by Kevin Cordes.

Here is the current top 5 Americans in the 100 breast all-time:

Rank Swimmer Time
1 Kevin Cordes 58.64
2 Michael Andrew 58.82
3 Cody Miller 58.87
4 Andrew Wilson 58.93
5 Eric Shanteau 58.96

Shifting to a global perspective, Andrew’s swim from this morning lands him 6th in the world this year.

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2 years ago

Can we talk about that kick tho? Every time I see it I get fuzzies. Is dude doing sub 1:10s breaststroke kick w a board LC? Not that he ever trains that lol. I wonder if he ever has just for fun? Insane to think a world class breaststroker isn’t doing kick sets w a board. Welcome to the future kiddos

But for real bro should consider training for a 200 breast one day… with a kick like that he might be the dude Josef Nagy was talking about who can bring that 200 WR somewhere special. He only just started doing LC training this year… imagine if he fully sent it on RPT LC 50s for a season.. 28.2,… Read more »

2 years ago

Fantastic! Andrew now has the fastest PB out of the frontrunners to make the team. Fink and Wilson have been really solid for in-season, though. They can go 58 high at Trials too.
With the way he’s swimming, could he rack up another PSS record in the 200 IM (his best is 1:56.83 last year and PSS record is 1:56.32)? The improvement in the 2nd 50 is a good sign for the back half of the 200 IM. I hope he hits his taper well for OTs, he has a great shot at making the team in either event (and maybe also the 50).

2 years ago

Incidentally, this is the cleanest of his strokes.

2 years ago

I know there’s no 56 or 57’s in there but 5 Americans under 59 isn’t shabby. Plus #6 & 7 were 59.0 (Gangloff) and 59.1 (Hansen)

Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

I mean there’s only one 56 and 2 57’s in history so it’s not too disappointing to not have an American there yet

2 years ago

will we see a 1.24 split at the 150 of his 200im? i sure hope so

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago


Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Dressels got World records and Golds to wrap up. Why would he be aiming to be Michael Andrews level of being maybe a finals contender in breast. I mean he’d obviously easily do it and beat him, but some things are just lower than you and you don’t waste your time with them.

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Bah Humbug

2 years ago

I think this drop is a result of him wearing a real tech suit.

Reply to  SwimDaddy
2 years ago

Haha I’ve tried the adidas suits versus carbon airs and I have to say… big difference!

Reply to  SwimDaddy
2 years ago

Let’s hope not. Let’s hope it is the swimmer not the suit.

2 years ago

Now the question is can he go under 58 🧐🧐🧐