Michael Andrew: 5 Races For Wednesday Finals at FINA Junior Worlds?

5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2015

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.

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CT Swim Fan
5 years ago

It didn’t work out at all. Next time they need to use some common sense with his schedule.

Reply to  CT Swim Fan
5 years ago

Tough with that 200 IM last. Though kind of a Catch-22, if it were first he might have won that but that’s the most taxing race out of the ones he did, so it may have hurt later events even more. Who knows.

Rick Mears
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
5 years ago

It wasn’t a good night results wise, but I applaud him for trying it and it’s better to find that out here than at trials. If they want to continue with a multi-event schedule like this they now know that something needs to change with the training and that maybe 2 races per session is more realistic.

5 years ago

showing off that USRPT ‘stamina’

Reply to  Durham
5 years ago

How many people on earth could split within .5 of their best 100 breast time after a 100 back, 100 fly, 100 breast, and a 200 IM?

Reply to  xenon
5 years ago

Did he medal with that split? No. So it doesn’t matter.

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Second place doesn’t get a medal anymore?

5 years ago

Seems like he maybe needs to have a little more respect for the Level of competition he is at. Whilst some might argue it was brave, it my opinion having a smaller focus might have won him a medal or two. Not even the G.O.A.T would have attempted this sort of scheduale as a Junior and he was from a program that focused on aerobic capacity as base work.

Reply to  AUSRPT
5 years ago

His fathers eyes were full of medals, but his self fulfilling ‘Ultra Short’ prophecy has failed…

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