2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – INDIANAPOLIS (#4)
- May 12 – 15, 2021
- IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims: 9 am/Finals 6 pm EST
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US National Teamer Michael Andrew swam another lifetime best in prelims on Friday at the Pro Swim Series stop in Indianapolis, this one in the men’s 100 fly. The 22-year old was the top qualifier in prelims with a 51.31. That swim put him a full second ahead of the field which is absent most of the top Olympic contenders in this event, though the second qualifier Evan Carlson did go a lifetime best.
Men’s 100 fly US Open Record – 50.22, Michael Phelps
Men’s 100 Fly Pro Swim Series Record – 50.92, Caeleb Dressel
That is Andrew’s 3rd lifetime best this week in 3 swims so far, after posting a Pro Swim Series record of 58.82 in prelims of the 100 breast and a U.S. Open Record of 58.67 in the finals of the 100 breast on Thursday.
The time shaves .03 seconds off his personal best and still leaves him as the 4th-fastest American in the Olympic Trials qualifying period.
Fastest American Men, 100 LCM Butterfly, Olympic Trials Qualifying Period
- Caeleb Dressel – 49.50
- Maxime Rooney – 50.68
- Jack Conger – 51.21
- Michael Andrew – 51.31
- Andrew Seliskar – 51.34
For Andrew, who had a rocky season in the fall in the International Swimming League, the momentum is shifting in his favor this week in Indianapolis – in part due to a lighter lineup that so far has seen him swim just one race per day (he has two, the 50 free and 200 IM, scheduled for Saturday). Andrew is famous for entering big schedules and aggressively attacking those schedules, sometimes with great results and sometimes with late-session struggles.
But as the biggest meet, the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games, approach, he and his dad/coach Peter seem to be honing in their USRPT training approach. They recently spent some time in Hawaii training with Anthony Ervin, who is famous for his ‘feel’ of the water, and the result has been swims that are both very fast and have relatively-easy looking strokes.
This all builds up to the big one, the 200 IM, where Andrew’s possibilities are so exciting. It’s likely that we’ve never seen a swimmer with the four-stroke abilities of Andrew, at least at 50 and 100 meters, but the questions continue to be about whether he can finish his 200 IM. The easy-speed he’s shown this week should show up biggest in that 200 IM on Saturday, and if it does, the times could become something really special.