Michael Andrew Blasts Lifetime Best 1:56.25 200 IM, #5 All-Time in the U.S.

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Michael Andrew destroyed his lifetime best 200 IM time in the Thursday prelims session of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II, blasting a 1:56.25 to take the top spot in the semifinals tonight.

Andrew’s previous lifetime best was 1:56.83 from the Pro Swim Series in March 2020.

This prelims swim makes him the 5th all-time fastest performer in the country, bumping Abrahm DeVine to #6.

All-Time Fastest U.S. Performers in 200 Meter IM

  1. Ryan Lochte – 1:54.00 (2011)
  2. Michael Phelps – 1:54.16 (2011)
  3. Eric Shanteau – 1:55.36 (2009)
  4. Chase Kalisz – 1:55.40 (2018)
  5. Michael Andrew – 1:56.25 (2021)

Andrew took out the race fast. At the 150-meter mark he was under World Record pace. Ryan Lochte still holds the World Record, set at 1:54.00. Lochte finished in 2nd place this morning (1:58.48).

Andrew’s Splits:

24.13
53.65 29.52
1:26.41 32.76
1:56.25 29.84

World Record Splits:

World Record
24.89
53.48 28.59
1:26.51 33.03
1:54.00 27.49

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Jeah4Life
1 month ago

LOCHTE JEAH!!

Rafael
1 month ago

13th fastest swimmer all time If I am correct

Anonymoose
1 month ago

lmao under WR at 150 and then … XD

Beverly Drangus
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

is XD short for 5th fastest American ever?

Anonymoose
Reply to  Beverly Drangus
1 month ago

truee my bad shoulda said VX

Khachaturian
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

if you are gonna use roman numerals then you gotta…… you know what nevermind

Anonymoose
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

Doing just V makes it so XD made no sense at all tho.
Don’t worry I know how they work

Irish Ringer
1 month ago

He’s got a 1:55 in him, not sure he can get down to a 1:54 this year.

Rafael
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Maybe trying not to start with a 50 fly opening of a 100 fly..

Anonymoose
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

actually i think he can go out faster and be fine.
iirc he opened in 23.3 in his 100fly pb, so even a 23.9 might still be fine for his 200im

Joe
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

so he can come back slower on the back end of the race?

Anonymoose
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

i dont think it changes in his case. like some other commenter said, mans got one gear.

Power 5 swimmer
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

200IM fly isn’t a whole lot different than the first 50 of a 100 fly. If you’re a natural flyer, and Andrew is, you don’t have to force either of them, they’re both just easy speed, which is fast in fly compared to other strokes. Chances are if he went 24 high it wouldn’t feel a whole lot different. Energy is primarily conserved through saving the legs on back and having an aerobically efficient breast leg. For me, and many of my fellow swimmers, fly is .3-.5 slower than 100 pace, then the middle 100 is swam at 200 pace, then the last 50 just depends on how in shape you are.

Spectatorn
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

if last 50 slower less than what he gain from going faster out, why not? It is the total time that matter for medal or WR.

Split discussion is fun for swim nerd but most people only know who win gold or break WR.

BillyBob
Reply to  Spectatorn
1 month ago

But if he breaks the world record with going 30.5 on his last 50 people will make fun of him. They only care about the last 50 apparently. Dude could win Gold in Tokyo and they’ll only say he almost got caught at the end.

Rafael
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

You wont be able to break wr closing 30

Curious swimmer
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

If you are out in 1.23.99 you can.

deepblue
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

24 28 31 30

Rafael
Reply to  deepblue
1 month ago

So.. he will on a back to breast turn split faster than what he did on the individual 100 breast? (I Know you are all kidding but at least changed the fly to a 23 would be “better”)

SkiSki
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Aged poorly

ole 99
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Maybe 156.0 +/-, but I don’t think you can hope for much much more. At least not based on how he’s swum so far.

Scotty P
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Agreed. I’m pulling for him. My only thought is “Just hold it together bro.”

anonymous
1 month ago

24.1
29.3
32.8
29.5

1:55.7
Hopefully in the final

grom
1 month ago

wow very impressive. his last turn rollin down in the deep was mega ferda

PVSFree
1 month ago

How do these splits compare to his previous PB?

anonymous
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

Breast slightly slower free slightly faster

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month ago

I feel like MA only has one gear: very fast.

He’s already done 2 times 3 rounds of 100s, has the 100 fly and 50 free to come too. Not sure if blasting a lifetime best in prelims is wisest.

This is all moot of course if MA is actually just hiding a 1:54.

Pags

Not sure if blasting a lifetime best in prelims is wisest.

I was thinking the same thing. Going that hard was completely unnecessary, especially with how he tightened up in the final of the 100 breast after back-to-back LTBs in the prelims and semis.

Anything under 2:00 this morning would have got him in one of the center 4 lanes for the semis. Kalisz showed how a confident veteran approaches a prelims swim. He burned a lot fewer matches this morning than Mandrew.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pags