Michael Andrew back at it: lowers 200 IM NAG at NCSA prelims by .02

In what’s now his fifth National Age Group record swim of the weekend, Michael Andrew lowered his own 200 IM record for the 13-14 division this morning with a 1:47.42.

This was the closest brush Andrew has had with a NAG this weekend; he got just .02 under his old mark set at the Schroeder A+ meet on February 1.

That time was good enough to qualify Andrew second for tonight’s final, behind Andrew Seliskar, whose 15-16 NAG Andrew will begin chasing in a few weeks when he ages up.

Andrew made his biggest improvement in the breaststroke leg, going 31.42. That was actually his only split that was faster than its counterpart at Schroeder, but it was a good six tenths faster. He was just a tenth slower in his fly here compared to Schroeder and relatively close with his back and free splits.

Splits comparison:

  • NCSA: 23.28/Schroeder: 23.11
  • NCSA: 26.68/Schroeder: 26.42
  • NCSA: 31.42/Schroeder: 32.18
  • NCSA: 26.04/Schroeder: 25.73
  • NCSA: 1:47.42/Schroeder: 1:47.44

Andrew also swam the 50 back and 50 free this morning, taking 8th in the backstroke and nabbing the top seed in the freestyle, though he was well off his NAG record in that race with a 20.33.

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7 years ago

Very impressive. I’m guessing the more spread out schedule is part of the reason why we’re seeing even more records than usual out of him.

Although at this point Michael has spent more days in the last two weeks racing and traveling than he has training. If they plan to keep this pace up, we might actually see a de-training effect start to set in. That said, it would make sense that the inherent similarities between racing and USRPT would help to maintain that conditioning longer.

I thought of something the other day: We’re seeing more pro-teams pop up recently, and there are more postgrads looking for teams lately. What if Michael continues to improve and makes some finals/makes the… Read more »

Kevin T
Reply to  sven
7 years ago

Who knows maybe Lawrence, Kansas (of all places) will become the hotbed of swimming.
Team Indy might become the new NBAC, NCAP, Dynamo, Swim Atlanta, Mecklenberg.

7 years ago

Unlike most of other coaches, Peter is technique and detail-oriented coach. I think USRPT is just one of his methods for training.

Anyway, Congratulations, Michael, Peter and team indie.

7 years ago

Peter trains/works with quite a number of Missouri Valley kids. Although the home schooled kids are really the only ones that are able get consistent coaching from him given his training of Michael and constant travel. He preaches to the kids he coaches that a USRPT Club should be formed in the Kansas City area. Or any area for that matter but most kids he coaches are from the KC area. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see some of the parents of the kids he works with form such a club sometime this year.

Reply to  Lester
7 years ago

I’d love to see that happen here in KC, but I’m sure you know that the issue is going to lie in finding a pool to train at. Between my team and the two closest to us, there’s almost an entire fourth team’s worth of people on waiting lists– we just don’t have the pool space to accommodate all the kids who want to swim. It may be different over on the Kansas side, I think there are more school districts with pools over there, but if not, I think it will be hard for any new team to get a foothold without another one folding first.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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