5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2015
- Tuesday, August 25th – Sunday, August 30th
- OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore
- Prelims 10 am (GMT+8)/ in USA = previous day 10 pm EDT, 7 pm PDT
- Finals 6 pm (GMT+ 8)/ in USA = 6 am EDT, 3 am PDT
- Psych Sheet
- Meet Website
- FINA Live Stream
- Schedule/Live Results
- Full Coverage
It’s only Day 2 of 2015 FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore and already USA’s Michael Andrew is facing a grueling schedule. Entered in a total of eight individual events (50m free, 50m back, 100m back, 50m breast, 100m breast, 50m fly, 100m fly, and 200m IM), he finds himself competing in all four of the most difficult, over a period of 2 hours and 6 minutes, on Wednesday night.
|Wednesday, August 26, Final Session||MA Schedule|
|Men’s 100m Backstroke Final||Lane 3|
|Women’s 200m Butterfly Final|
|Men’s 200m Freestyle Final|
|Women’s 50m Breaststroke Final|
|Men’s 100m Butterfly Semi-Final||Heat 1, Lane 3|
|Women’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Final|
|Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final||Lane 5|
|Women’s 100m Backstroke Final|
|Men’s 200m Medley Final||Lane 4|
|Women’s 800m Freestyle Final|
|Mixed 4x100m Medley Final||?|
While Andrew’s training method lends itself to consistency from prelims to finals, and from day to day throughout a meet, he has never been put to the test quite like this before. Andrew will be trying to win gold medals in the 100 back (where he is seeded third), 100 breast (seeded second), and 200 IM (seeded first). In between he has a tough 100 fly semi-final, in which he qualified sixth, .71 behind top seeded Daniil Pakhomov of Russia, and .62 away from the dreaded ninth place.
Andrew is the favorite in the 200 IM, having qualified first with a margin of .64 with the only sub-2:00 swim out of prelims. He came within .42 of the meet record this morning, and within .02 of the U.S. National Age Group Record. Yet this will be his fourth event tonight. He will have very little wiggle room with the 2:00.50 qualifying time put up by Australia’s Clyde Lewis in heats. Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez wasn’t all that far behind with his 2:01.88, as well.
The likelihood of the mixed medley relay being his fifth event will depend on Andrew’s ability to recover after each of his previous races. While it is true that Team USA has a deep bench, it is still within the realm of possibility that the coaching staff call up Andrew for a leg in the final.
With or without the medley relay, Michael Andrew has a challenging evening ahead.