Michael Andrew Blasts Through 51-Second Barrier In 100 Fly, Lowers PSS Record

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – INDIANAPOLIS (#4)

One day removed from lowering his personal best time twice in the 100 breaststroke, culminating in a new U.S. Open RecordMichael Andrew did it again in the 100 fly.

Coming into the day with a best time of 51.33, Andrew brought his PB down to 51.31 in the morning before rocketing to a time of 50.80 in the final, taking down Caeleb Dressel‘s Pro Swim Series Record of 50.92 in what was a massive half-second PB.

It’s a big double milestone for Andrew to get under the 59-second barrier in the 100 breast and the 51-second threshold in the 100 fly at the same meet. One month out from the Olympic Trials, those accomplishments will be a major confidence booster.

Andrew took full advantage of his early speed, blasting out in 23.38 on the opening 50 before closing in a solid 27.42 on the way back. In the prelims, Andrew split 23.82/27.49.

The 22-year-old jumps up into second in the world rankings for the 2020-21 season, trailing only Hungarian Kristof Milak (50.47). Meanwhile, at the Atlanta Classic, Dressel swam a season-best time of 51.15 to rank fifth in the world, also lowering the Meet Record.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Fly

KristofHUN
Milak
03/27
50.47
2Michael
Andrew
USA50.8005/14
3Naoki
Mizunuma
JPN51.0304/09
4Josif
Miladinov
BUL51.0812/19
5Caeleb
Dressel
USA51.1504/09
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In the historical rankings, Andrew is now the fifth-fastest American of all-time and 14th overall, overtaking, among others, 2019 World Championship silver medalist Andrei Minakov (50.83).

All-Time U.S. Performers, Men’s 100 Fly (LCM)

  1. Caeleb Dressel, 49.50 – 2019
  2. Michael Phelps, 49.82 – 2009
  3. Ian Crocker, 50.40 – 2005
  4. Maxime Rooney, 50.68 – 2019
  5. Michael Andrew, 50.80 – 2021

Andrew is also now ranked third among American men inside the Olympic Trials qualifying period, trailing Dressel and Maxime Rooney.

Based on what we’ve seen from Andrew in the 100 fly and 100 breast, his prospects for Saturday’s 200 IM are exciting, as he enters as the top seed with his best time of 1:56.83. He’s also scheduled to race the 50 free on the meet’s final day.

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Swimmer
1 month ago

Yeah he’s taking his 2im out in a 23.5

dresselgoat
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

23.5, 29.0, 33.0, 30.3

Last edited 1 month ago by dresselgoat
Comet
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

That’s 1.55.8

anonymous
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

I feel he could get a 32 mid breast split and still get 30 flat free

he had long powerful strokes in the 100 with easy speed

John
1 month ago

Michael Andrew is really shaping up to be a contender for Olympic spots in possibly four events.

Last edited 1 month ago by John
Apathetic
Reply to  John
1 month ago

What’s crazy is that I think he’s got a 52 100 back in him too, but he won’t swim it at Trials. But I think he’s an easy top 5 in that event too behind Murphy and Casas, but probably on par with Ress or Pebley (if they’re in form).

anonymous
Reply to  Apathetic
1 month ago

he has pb of 53.5 from 2019
so yes he definitely can get under that seeing his current form

PFA
1 month ago

For anyone who doubted his ability it looks to be that he’s back in form

Hank
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Anyone who doubted his ability is keeping their mouth shut now

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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