Michael Andrew Breaks 200 SCY Backstroke National Age Group Record in Clearwater

  72 Braden Keith | April 16th, 2014 | Club, Featured, National, News

Michael Andrew has broken yet another National Age Group Record in Florida while swimming at the NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater this weekend. This meet will be his last as a 13-14 before aging up (his birthday comes on Friday, but by USA Swimming rules, as a 14-year old at the meet’s start, his records count for 13-14’s).

Andrew started his meet out with a 1:44.02 in the 200 yard backstroke, which takes a full second off of his own record of 1:45.14 set at the Jenks Sectional in early March.

Andrew now sits well out in front of the all-time top 5 in this event among 13-14’s:

  1. Michael Andrew, 1:44.02
  2. Benjamin Ho, 1:45.73
  3. Ethan Young, 1:46.56
  4. Ryan Murphy, 1:46.67
  5. Jack Conger, 1:46.82

He’s still about three seconds away from Ryan Murphy’s 15-16 record in the event.

Andrew has particular motivation this week, as his grandparents have made the trip in from South Africa to watch him swim – the first time they’ve seen him race since his star has grown so large.

More context to come when he officially ages up.

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72 Comments on "Michael Andrew Breaks 200 SCY Backstroke National Age Group Record in Clearwater"


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NDB
2 years 5 months ago

Congrats! I know people are getting MA NAG fatigue but this kid continues to amaze.

TJ
2 years 5 months ago

I thought his father was his coach?

coacherik
2 years 5 months ago

Peters parents, MA grandparents?

Jen
2 years 5 months ago

Um hello, his dads sees him 24/7!

SWIMMERGUY
2 years 5 months ago

19.93 50 free prelims and 24.99 50 breast. Finals start at 5:00 EST tonight. 1:43 should seem attainable for MA.

WHOKNOWS
2 years 5 months ago

This was a prelim swim, correct?

Lane 0
2 years 5 months ago

he’s such a beast. I wonder what his arm-span is. The picture sure makes it look like there almost no fat on him, just muscle.

Kevin T
2 years 5 months ago

144.0 in the 2 back? OMG this guy is just more and more incredible each week. Honestly, I am more excited about Michael Andrew than anyone else in the sport including Michael Phelps comeback.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years 5 months ago

totally agree with u ! MA is really an amazing phenom … i am happy to follow his steps .

Lane 0
2 years 5 months ago
Rafael
2 years 5 months ago

Ok.. and when he will start going to LCM ? There are probably some LCM events right? Why drop the LCM to swim SCY??

riley
2 years 5 months ago

I am sure he is going after his last SCY NAG records…plus, when I was an age grouper I lived in Florida, and our LCM meets usually started the weekend after next (very last weekend in April) and competition was usually very sparse because everybody had just switched over from SCY

Rafael
2 years 5 months ago

With his times.. he should be trying some State Or National Champs.. He is turning 15… he should go for some competition.. Thorpe Phelpps Gyurta Chalmers.. all this guys were or are at Andrew age going for Competition against the big guys..

Don´t take me wrong, but It is about time that if he wants to be recognized wordly he has to swim against big guys..

While lots in US and this site pays attention to SCY meets.. probably Chalmers after his 49,68 and getting second on 50 fly at australia nationals is much more recognized on the whole world than Andrews..

coacherik
2 years 5 months ago

Pretty sure all the LCM meets and advancing that is the plan. If you’ve seen anything about him recently you know he’s turning 15 shortly. Last hurrah in the age group before moving onto 15-16..

Also, keep in mind that he is 14 turning 15. If he plans on making a career out of this, is there really a need to rush? I would assume starting with the shorter races and now expanding into the 200s/400IM would should that they have some kind of plan?

sven
2 years 5 months ago

So he isn’t doing it like Phelps or Thorpe? What’s new? He’s doing what Michael Andrew does, and he’s having splendid results in the process.

This isn’t about recognition. It’s about swimming fast, which he is. So what’s the problem?

Being like Phelps or Thorpe isn’t something he’s trying to live up to. It’s an expectation that you are projecting on to him. Yes, I’m sure the Andrews are aware of Chalmers, but this isn’t a popularity contest where the goal is to be recognized. They’re doing what they think will keep him engaged and swimming fast, and there are exactly zero reasons so far to think that they’re doing it wrong.

Yes, he’s fast, but he’s still 14/15. Just chill and let the kid be a kid, instead of telling him how to live his life. He’s (probably) got a long career ahead of him, he doesn’t have to fully commit to the adult circuit just yet.

2 years 5 months ago

Rafael… they said this over and over that the plan was to chase records until he aged up. We are almost there… just be patient. I credit them for sticking with the plan and not letting anyone’s opinion throw them off course.

I believe they will be very much LCM focused after this weekend, and I personally think they won’t be so NAG focused at 15-16 as they have set their sites higher in this next cycle- making teams and eventually Rio…

Basically what I’m trying to say is- We get it. It’s not LCM. It’s not against men. Whatever. He’s 14. For a couple more days anyhow.

Just curious why his size, strength and lack of yardage are considered a knock, where it’s never mentioned with regards to Kyle Chalmers, who is quite big and strong (he was so very 6ft at 13)… and is even a stellar athlete in another sport and was splitting training time at least until recently.

2 years 5 months ago

And also this…

“He will not swim at the Australian Open Championships this season, but will instead compete in his own age group at the Australian Age Championships next April, before targeting the 2014 Youth Summer Olympics in China”

I’m not in any way knocking Chalmers… I’m just pointing out that he and MA have quite a bit in common- yet KC seems to skate a bit on the criticism. And for what it’s worth, MA has competed at Nationals, and a couple of Grand Prix against the “big boys”… but there aren’t enough big boy meets for his schedule. So he makes do.

Steve Nolan
2 years 5 months ago

There haven’t been 100,000 comments about Chalmers on this site, though.

Speaking of Chalmers, I’m gonna be ever so disappointed if this doesn’t stick as his nickname:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orP4WZQdi0k&w=420&h=315%5D

aswimfan
2 years 5 months ago

HULK,

Kyle Chalmers DID swim in the Australian Open Nationals two weeks ago where he swam 24.0 in 50fly to finish second in the final against guys almost twice his age.

2 years 5 months ago

ASwimFan…

I’m not knocking Chalmers. Just copied a paragraph from an article that if it were about MA, people would get all huffy… and MA has raced the big boys more than enough times.

FL LSC
2 years 5 months ago

We are just wrapping up SCY, most of the clubs like to have a couple weeks of solid LCM practice before the meets start.

Does anyone know if MA will participate at the http://www.jax50.com/ next weekend?

FL LSC
2 years 5 months ago

There is a planned live stream of finals: http://floridaswimnetwork.com/

Richard
2 years 5 months ago

So his family is from S. Africa…is MA a U.S. citizen or S. African? Just thinking which country he’ll represent when he goes to the Olympics.

bobo gigi
2 years 5 months ago

It’s been a long time since we didn’t have such a news! 😆
Mr Andrew has broken a NAG record.
I started to worry a little bit about him. :mrgreen:
Congrats to him again.
It’s his last chance to break the records in his age category so he will probably go big this week.
But like Rafael, I think it’s time for him to focus on long course now.
He’s a professional swimmer so he could swim in long course meets at least from January to August.
Can he swim a sub 2 minutes in the 200 IM in his 15th year? 1.01 something in the 100 breast? 55 something in the 100 back? 22.50 in the 50 free? 50 low in the 100 free? 53 low in the 100 fly?
We’ll see. 😎

sven
2 years 5 months ago

I think all of those guesses are strong possibilities. Under 2 in the 200 IM would be the hardest, I think, but the potential is definitely there.

bobo gigi
2 years 5 months ago
nemo
2 years 5 months ago

Going to be doing my first usrpt trained meet ever in a week… Does anyone know the usrpt way to warm-up for races or should I just warm-up how I always have?

Sven
2 years 5 months ago

Just do whatever. If you feel loose and warm, and your technique feels strong, then you’re good. Honestly, you could probably warm up with jumping jacks and get the same result. My style is similar (although I don’t race often, I’m usually on the coaching side of things), and about 20 minutes before my race I like to do a 150-200 easy, then just do a few 25s at race pace/stroke count, and call it good. Seems to work out well for me. Just do whatever makes you comfortable and confident.

Greg Tucker
2 years 5 months ago

Just enough warm-up to have a slight sweat on your upper lip.

Swim fast.

love2swim
2 years 5 months ago

I agree – he is 14 and a time is a time! And a record is a record! I’d say he is getting plenty of recognition for a 14yo.

How tall is he? And wow, look at those muscles!

love2swim
2 years 5 months ago

Also, by saying he is a “professional” swimmer…what does that mean exactly? Has he accepted endorsements or income? And will not swim college?

TheTroubleWithX
2 years 5 months ago

Yes, he’s sponsored by a company called P2Life, which makes nutritional supplements/drinks, I believe. As such, he will not be swimming in college.

sven
2 years 5 months ago

He has also recently endorsed Mutual of Omaha, which allows him to make money doing clinics.

2 years 5 months ago

I want to see him go after that record in the 200 Breast.

2 years 5 months ago

Also, for all the people that keep yelling that SCY season is over, remember that odds are you’ll be seeing more short course records fall in late may. CA high school swimming is a spring sport and they won’t have their final meets for another couple of weeks to come

JulesAlexander
2 years 5 months ago

I am pretty sure the reason we are seeing him hit the short course records so hard is because he gets bonuses under his current contracts for each NAG he picks up ($10K – $15k per NAG x 40 something NAG = good $$ for a 14 year old).

2 years 5 months ago

For his sake and the sports sake, I hope this is true. But I find it VERY hard to believe that they are dishing out 10k for every NAG record he breaks. Maybe in every event he gets paid once. Or if he breaks someone else’s record. But that means he’s essentially getting paid for going best times.

JulesAlexander
2 years 5 months ago

you have to imagine if you were P2Life signing MA you would maybe think 10 NAG records tops, but they way he has consistently lowered each and every one of his records so frequently leads me to believe he is indeed making the most of a great contract 🙂

sven
2 years 5 months ago

I imagine there’s a bonus structure in place, yeah. I have a feeling it’s nowhere near the scale you’re describing. And if that’s the case, then more power to him. Get that paper, Michael!

sven
2 years 5 months ago

And even if it were so, it’s none of our business how much he makes.

julesalexander
2 years 5 months ago

I hope he can make as much as possible. it is so difficult to make a living as a swimmer and I love seeing people succeed in doing so!

ozswim
2 years 5 months ago

Why is it still news when he breaks a NAG record? Hasn’t he broken 40 or something crazy like that? Also, didn’t he go pro? I’ve heard him called “the anti-missy” after missy franklin.

coacherik
2 years 5 months ago

Why do you troll articles, does it make you feel good inside when you get people fired up? Is your life so hollow and empty that you resort to anonymous comments to pass the time? I’m just curious, because that’s what this sounds like.

Thanks for contributing to the conversation. uh… not!

ozswim
2 years 5 months ago

I’m sorry. I genuinely thought I was contributing. I didn’t think someone would come after me. I think he is a great swimmer and I respect him immensely, but like some of the commenters below I am getting a little sick of hearing about how he is the next Michael Phelps. Honestly I don’t know if anyone can truly fill his shoes.

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