Just Another Day At The Office: Michael Andrew Breaks 200 IM NAG Record

  26 Tony Carroll | February 15th, 2014 | Featured, National, News

Michael Andrew was very aggressive with his morning swim, putting him in the middle of the pool for tonight’s finals. He swam the third fastest time of the morning during prelims and missed his own NAG Record by .20 seconds. Tonight, Michael Andrew put up a fight, finishing in fourth place in the 200 IM. He improved his National Age Group record by exactly one second, touching the wall 1.20 seconds faster than this morning, at 2:04.13.

His splits were:

  • 26.15 (26.15)
  • 31.65 (57.80)
  • 36.88 (1:34.68)
  • 29.45 (2:04.13)

When Phelps held this record as a 13-14 year old, he was never under 2:06.

Michael Andrew still has until April 18th to take on the rest of the 13-14 National Age Group Record Book.

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2 years 8 months ago

He is killing it. Well done Michael! Keep up the awesome work, hold true to what you believe in and what you are doing – clearly it is working.

You (and many other swimmers) are helping to take out sport of swimming to the next level. Thank you!

2 years 8 months ago

*our sport of swimming.

2 years 8 months ago

IMO, this record is the most impressive of all Michael Andrew’s records, and I believe it is also the WR for 14 yo.

BTW, Swimswam, don’t you have latest photos of MA from this meet to use instead of the old photo above?

bobo gigi
2 years 8 months ago

Impressive record.

2 years 8 months ago

Maybe this will be the record that stops his naysayers. 🙂

Josh Davis
2 years 8 months ago

In summary…he trains all 25’s for never more than an hour, about 5-8 times a week, no drills, no kickboards, no pull buoys, no weights, races as much as possible, spends tons of time with his family, homeschooling, traveling, hunting and water skiing with his dad. He hates to miss church on Wednesdays and Sundays, strives to be pure of mind, body and spirit and is one of the most articulate, approachable, mature, humble yet confident 14 years olds I’ve ever met. Michael loves to race, loves to learn, loves to teach, loves to share and loves to win. He will probably have 50 NAG records before he turns 15 and has goals of being the best he can be for the USA. I think Team Andrew is great for swimming!

2 years 8 months ago

As long as he’s not influencing other kids to leave school and go pro after they break a few NAGs.

2 years 8 months ago

He has never “left school”. He is being home-schooled. It is very common in this area, and statistics show home-schooling works.

2 years 8 months ago

What is wrong with going pro after breaking a few NAGs? A free ride at a D1 school is worth close to zero to many people. The problem is you can’t seem to relate to those people. I will give you some examples so that you might understand:
1. Wealthy people don’t always care about scholarships
2. Those who plan on doing college online through mid-teen years
3. those who think going away to college needlessly extends adolescence
4. those who think the training is too hard/ineffective at a D1 swim team
5. those who will work on online degrees while in midteen years
6. entrepreneurs who could care less how good their resume looks
– I could go on and on but I have things to do

2 years 8 months ago

Michael and Katrina shows the rest of the swimming world that you can swim fast more than once or twice a year! Keep up the good work…. Looking forward to seeing the rest of their journeys through the end of the summer and beyond!

2 years 8 months ago


Got a thought for you…. Why don’t you take up the USRPT torch when “Doc” retires? You would be great to crete a balanced discussion of this training method.

Slight correction… Unless I am mistaken, Michael and his dad have mixed in some 50s. But all else you said about Michael certainly seems to be true what little I have been around him (attended the Lawrence clinic).

Think about the USRPT thing…

Josh Davis
2 years 8 months ago

Yes you are right. He’s been adding 50’s for a few weeks now. USRPT allows for 75’s and 100’s also for distance needs.

There is no doubt the principles of race pace, strategic rest and extreme emphasis on perfect technique keep emerging in successful swimmers and programs. USRPT gives us the science and formula of these principles that anybody can figure out and apply.

I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks and I already feel faster. I have 75 days till Masters Nationals May 2-3. I haven’t trained in 10 years so if I get some records you know it works. Michael Andrew and his family are very generous for being willing to share all their ideas. A part of me would love for my competition to stay overtrained and sloppy. 🙂 But most of me is thankful that the Andrew family isn’t hiding any secrets about his success. We think this can help a lot of young and old swimmers get fast and motivated for a long healthy career.

2 years 8 months ago

josh davis: who is better: Maxime Rooney and Michael Andrew?

2 years 8 months ago

Great swim, especially after a kinda-slow start to this meet (relatively speaking, of course).

I dare say he overswam the front half though. He was in first place (!!!) at the 100, then had the slowest breaststroke split in the field. MA has a great breaststroke, so I look forward to see what he can do as he balances out his race.

2 years 8 months ago

Also… The big guys (specifically Lochte and Phelps in London) split this race:

Fly, +4, +8, +3…

MA was Fly, +5, +10, +3

While he has work to do, he’s on the right track in my mind… taking that son of a gun out fast and fighting to hang on.

On another note…

It looks like MA and Katrina have been racing so often it takes a race or two to get in the groove… which could be worrisome when they get to competitions in which they aren’t swimming 12-15 times and can’t afford to work into it. Just a thought…

2 years 8 months ago

Well I guess its about time to eat some “humble pie” on this one. So I’m off to the fridge to eat mine.

Kevin T
2 years 8 months ago

He only has a couple of months left until he ages up. I would really like to see a 2:02 or even a 2:01 in the 200 LCM IM. I would also like to see a 0:50 in the 100 LCM Free. A 0:22.9 would be great to see in the 50 LCM Free. A 1:02 Breast and a 0:56 back (LCM, 100’s) would also be something I want to see too. A 0:53 100 LCM Fly would also be very nice.

As for SCY…..a 1:46 200 IM, 0:46 100 fly, 0:43 100 free, 0:19 50 free would all be something I want to see from him before he ages up.

2 years 8 months ago

those times are ridiculous

2 years 8 months ago

agreed. The scary part is that most of them aren’t huge drops for him. I’m not sure about the LCM 200IM and 100 free times, though, those would have to be perfect races. Either way, I expect that Michael and Peter will show us some crazy things in the coming months.

2 years 8 months ago

Andrew I think is 51 high on 100 free.. 50 low is a huge drop.. even at 15 it will be tough ( Only Thorpe managed it If I am not incorrect)

1:02 breast is also a far shot I´f I am not incorrect, he is around 1:04.. not even Gyurta managed it at 14..

The back is probably the easier to achieve.. the others are highly unlikely.. even at 15 they would be amazing..

2 years 8 months ago

Hi Rafael, here are the times (and years) for 100 free for 14, 15, 16, 17 year old boys from the Australian all time list.

14 years
Kyle Chalmers – 50.86 (2013)
Te Haumi Maxwell – 52.14 (2009)

15 Years
Ian Thorpe – 50.21 (1998)
Te Haumi Maxwell – 50.67 (2010)

16 Years
Cameron McEvoy – 49.70 (2011)
Ian Thorpe – 49.71 (1999)
Te Haumi Maxwell – 50.34 (2011)

17 Years
Cameron McEvoy – 48.58 (2012)
Alex Graham – 49.11 (2013)

Te Haumi Maxwell dominated from 14 to 16 years but you won’t find him on the all time list for 17 and 18 years at all. Why? Everyone else caught up by 17 years. What’s even more interesting is that you won’t find James Magnussen on any list until 18 years when he went 49.43 in 2010.

Another interesting fact. Average age of male swimmers Aussie national team swimmers in a non-olympic year is 20 and in an olympic year its 24. Of course there are exceptions Thorpe, Hackett, Perkins, Baildon etc.

MA is an obvious exception, but what its telling you is that most male swimmers come through later rather than earlier.

2 years 8 months ago

Raf- He’s been 1:03.8 in the breast, so while .8 isn’t a small drop at that speed, it’s also not a huge drop for MA. 1:02 is doable. I agree about the 100 free, though.

I have no doubt in my mind we’ll see a :50 out of him this summer, just not before April.

2 years 8 months ago

Those LCM times are not achievable in the next couple of months.

2 years 8 months ago

If he does continue on this path and is as great as an 18- and 20-year-old as he is as a 14-year-old — which is still obviously a big question mark — he’s certainly going to cause a lot of coaches and swimmers to reevaluate their training methods.

It would actually be interesting to see Michael Phelps try this for the next two years and see how he does. Most of the talk about his potential comeback has been about how he’d probably be more 100-oriented this time around, which makes it seem as if USRPT would be perfect for him, especially since he may have lost his taste for Bowman’s grueling workouts.

2 years 8 months ago

With each new PR, Michael will get a new goal time for his USRPT sets. As such, he will reset his neuromuscular axis to “learn” to swim his new race pace with technique. This probably sounds nerdy, but it works (I believe).

2 years 8 months ago

michael andrew you would have to make a drug test, it can not be that guy strong fence and boys 20 years


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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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