Race Video: Michael Andrew 100 Yard Breast 13-14 NAG Record, 53.88

  95 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | April 07th, 2014 | International, News, Video

Swimming news – 100 breaststroke NAG Record reported by Braden Keith

14-year old pro swimmer Michael Andrew has re-broken his own National Age Group Record in the 100 yard breaststroke, swimming a 53.88 to win the 14 & under division at the 2014 NASA Junior National Cup. Andrew split 25.07/28.81 in the race, which clears the 54.04 that he did at the Jenks Sectional on March 7th.

Andrew became the firs 13-14 to go under 56 seconds, then the first to go under 55 seconds, and he’s now the first to go under 54 seconds in this event, which shows just how far he (and Reece Whitley) have taken this record in the last year.

Andrew now holds the 6 fastest times in this event in the history of the age group, and is 1.8 seconds clear of Reece Whitley’s second-ranked 55.61.

He wasn’t the fastest swimmer overall at this meet in the event, Texas-bound high school senior Austin Temple was a 52.87 in the 16 & up division. That time is within a tenth of what Texas’ breaststroker split on their 400 medley relay at NCAA’s on Thursday.

You can follow Michael Andrew on Twitter here. 

USRPT info here.

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Please correct me anywhere I’m wrong here:
1) Salo/Soni destroyed breaststroke
2) Phelps/Bowman destroyed butterfly
3) Janet Evans destroyed freestyle
4) Berkoff destroyed backstroke (Eddie Reese and Peirsol later saved it, but oh wait, Peirsol set his first WR’s under Salo??)
5) Don Schwartz destroyed training (why would we want to do periodization, let’s just swim as many yards as possible all the time)

Did I get those things correct?

I think so.

“Salo destroying breaststroke” is a Hyperbole and should be understood that way. It is meant to mean “Salo style of breaststroke.”

Now, let’s review the state of USA swimming. USA is doing very good in freestyle and backstroke, but not near as good in butterfly and breaststroke. Why? because of two dominant teachings in past decade: Bowman’s fly and Salo’s breaststroke, and everyone following them. They developed style they believed is best for their top athletes (Phelps and Soni). Does not work for 99% of others. Why is everything trying to copy it? That is what bothers me.

Now, I expect more name calling and stupid knee jerk reactions instead of intelligent discussion, not very often found here.

Hey, I agree that we should use intellegent discussion here, so how about you respond to my post above regarding butterfly? I feel I was very reasonable and used examples that include the best swimmers in the world at the biggest meet in the world. If it doesn’t work for 99% of the other swimmers, how did they make it to an Olympic final doing it? As underwaters get longer and top speed gets closer to the theoretical max, the only way to get faster is to get more oxygen the first half so you can extend that speed for longer. If you’re suggesting that the majority of elite butterfliers in the world made the finals of the 100 and… Read more »

To further illustrate my point, looking at the men’s 100 fly splits, not only was every medalist breathing every stroke, but you can see why in the splits.

Every stroke:
Phelps 2.51s spread between first and second 50
Le Clos 2.54s
Korotyshkin 3.28s
McGill 3.54s

Average spread of 2.97s, average place of 2.75 (counting the tie for second, which is offset below by the tie for fourth)

other breathing pattern (generally 1 up, 1 down or 2 up, 1 down):
Cavic 4.67s
Diebler 4.21s
Verlinden 3.24s
Czerniak 4.23s

Average spread of 4.09s, average place of 5.5

Sven, you are clouding the argument with facts. Cut it out.

Listen, it can all be resolved very simply, by asking yourself this one little question:

Is that how The Greatest Coach Who Ever Has Or Ever Will Grace A Pool Deck Eddie Reese would teach it? If the answer is no, then it is wrong. Period.

(Wow, I feel really bad about dragging Eddie- who I really, really like into this… but @psychoswimdad ‘s infatuation with him is too funny).

Consider me smashed. It’s like Thor lent the great hammer Mjolnir to his angry green friend 🙁 I’m also a big fan of Eddie Reese, he gave us some of the greatest stroke swimmers of the 2000’s in Hansen, Piersol, and Crocker (plus many more). The man has gotten results, no doubt. As a former flyer, I have to say Ian Crocker is one of my favorite swimmers, since for a while he was one of the only swimmers who could beat Phelps in one of his specialty races. And so, I concede defeat. I will pack up my real world examples with my knowledge of stroke mechanics and trudge home in shame, and from this day forth I solemnly… Read more »

Rafael – substantiate your claims or go away. Do you have ANY proof. ANYTHING at all. No…no you don’t.

P.s. this is about psycho dad – don’t go down this rode…

I never said that was his fault.. but the dopers were His swimmers under his tutelage.. If he was a coach FROM any other country I doubt you would react like that.. as if doing a investigation was something awful..

Yes, .0001 percent of Salo’s swimmers have failed a drug test with ZERO implications, evidence or rumbling…. call the cops…get the crime lab involved….
come on dude…..

I never commented on Salo graduate swimmers doping or blaming him for that. I do not blame him for “destroying USA breaststroke” either. I blame everyone else for blindly following his teachings without using thinking.


About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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