Michael Andrew Breaks 27-Year Old National Age Group Record to Close Plantation Sectionals

Yet again, National Age Group Records for 14-year old Michael Andrew have come in a set of three this weekend in Plantation, Florida at the Speedo Championship Series sectionals meet.

First came the 100 fly, then came the 100 back, and now he’s taken down the 13-14 boys’ 100 free record on Sunday evening to close the meet.

Andrew swam a 51.30 in the 100 long course meter freestyle, which broke Noel Strauss’ 1987 record of 51.59. Strauss, you will recall, was the Jr. National Champion in the 50 free at just 13 years old.

That time placed Andrew 4th in the 100 free in Plantation, and now gives him a grand total of 14 out of 28 National Age Group Records in yards and meters combined.

Interestingly enough, Strauss’ swim wasn’t the oldest 13-14 boys NAG Record; it wasn’t even close, in fact. Jesse Vassallo’s 1976 time of 15:31.03 in the 1500 free still remains on the books.

Andrew also placed 4th on Sunday in his last event, the 200 back; he swam a 2:05.94 after a 2:04.06 in prelims.

In This Story

47
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of
47 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
samuel huntington
7 years ago

overall, Michael seemed a little slower at this meet BY HIS STANDARDS. perhaps the great number of meets he has been participating in is causing some fatigue??

regardless, congrats!!

Ben
Reply to  samuel huntington
7 years ago

slower? how do you figure. What makes that slow

samuel huntington
Reply to  Ben
7 years ago

he broke the three 100s by a combined .88 seconds. usually he breaks records by greater amounts. that’s why I said by his standards. Michael is on another level when it comes to swimming fast.

Ben
Reply to  samuel huntington
7 years ago

ehh yeah I suppose that makes sense… but you could also make the argument though that these records were simply more impressive..

Rafael
Reply to  Ben
7 years ago

Considering Strauss time was on Briefs.. Impressive very impressive.

For 15 years.. the WR age record will be tough.. Thorpe 50.1 right? And swimming 48 high at relay…

aswimfan
Reply to  Ben
7 years ago

The 100 free WR for 14 yo is I think Australian Kyle Chalmers’ 50.86
And 50 free WR for 14 yo is Singaporean Darren Lim’s 22.73

bigNowhere
Reply to  samuel huntington
7 years ago

Eh, 2 out if the 3 records he broke belonged to him to begin with, so I don’t think the small margins mean that much.

Arthur
Reply to  bigNowhere
7 years ago

100 Fly and 100 Free he didn’t have before. Only 100 Back he lowered his existing record.

bignowhere
Reply to  bigNowhere
7 years ago

Ah. I thought he had the 100 fly already. My bad.

Lane Four
7 years ago

So many comments from previous postings about how big Michael is. I took a look and from what I see is just a pretty big 14-year-old. There is still a lot of room for serious heft and muscle. By the time he is 18, we will probably see Michael at about 90% of his physical peak. After that it will be lots of tweaking his strokes….increasing his endurance and true strength. Which means more improvement. He is one incredible kid.

mikeh
7 years ago

Amazing, great swim. What was his best 100m coming in? I’m not sure.

mikeh
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

Thank you Braden!

Boz
7 years ago

By way of reference the Aussie 14 yr records is 50.79 by Kyle Chalmers in 2013

pvdh
Reply to  Boz
7 years ago

and how does Kyle Chalmers compare in the other events?

Scuba Steve
Reply to  pvdh
7 years ago

23.1 50 free
54.7 100 Fly
58.1 100 Back
1:53 200 Free (1:51 since turning 15)

Not as versatile, but pretty quick.

DoggiePaddle
7 years ago

I was at the meet. He didn’t know it was an outdoor venue until he got down here. definitely on a record tour. NCSA’s next week with Clearwater the week after. Talented – incredibly confident. The question will be how long he can keep up the this intensity. I think we will be seeing him more in Florida going forward.

liquidassets
7 years ago

51.3 and yet another trifecta!! By the way, Braden/SwimSwam, how did Noel Strauss end up doing? I was only vaguely aware of swimming during my busy 1980’s, and I don’t remember hearing his name. Thanks.

liquidassets
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

Thanks. It’s interesting to see which NAG holders go on to break through. Seems to me like the sprinters are less likely to, overall.

liquidassets
7 years ago

Thx, I look forward to that.

That makes sense, right? Many young sprinters are very big for their age and/or have that natural feel for the water. Over time, others catch up via physical growth, technique, interest level/mental game, etc.

bobo gigi
Reply to  liquidassets
7 years ago
liquidassets
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Wow, that’s a lot of work! You need to work for SwimSwam so you can get paid for all your time.

But I read the article that sprintdude9000 posted about Strauss and it seems to discount my theory about the young NAG sprinters being very big. Strauss was 5’11” in ’87 when he swam 51.59 at age 14, that’s tall for sure, but nothing close to Michael Andrew.

Scuba Steve
7 years ago

All of his 100s are outstanding. In LCM, I think he is second fastest in all four strokes as a 14yo. He doesn’t have long to break the records, and there is still 0.5 to go on most. I think these are:
Free – 50.86 – Chalmers (AUS). (MA 51.30)
Back – 56.25 – Hagino (JAP). (MA 56.83)
Breast – 1:02.39 – Gyurta (HUN). (MA 1:03.83)
Fly – 53.18 – Kobori (JAP). (MA 54.59)

aswimfan
Reply to  Scuba Steve
7 years ago

Great data find!
and nice comparison

Rafael
Reply to  Scuba Steve
7 years ago

This times are tough to break… Gyurta specially…

At 15 it will get tougher.. It was the age Thorpe and Phelps exploded… so many of the records are much tougher..

Scuba Steve
Reply to  Rafael
7 years ago

I think his best chance of a 14 yo “WR” is the 200IM, where he is also 2nd all time behind Hagino’s 2:03.71. I make his 50 Free time to be 3rd behind Lim & Chalmers.

Rafael, I don’t think Thorpe has fastest 100m for 15. His 50.21 was beate by Zheng (CHN) 50.12. I think that will last another 2 weeks until Chalmers gets his hands on it. Chalmers went 50.56 in a state meet a couple of months back. Thorpe is clearly fastest at 15 over 200 and 400, and Hagino is fastest over 200 back and both IMs. Phelps only has the 200 Fly left.

aswimfan
Reply to  Scuba Steve
7 years ago

Wowww…. Hagino was 2:03.71 at 14 yo???
That is truly stunning.

I always thought Andrew’s 2:04+ was the WR.

Rafael
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Andrews will have a tough time to have any Age WR by next year probably.. Based on what you say only the fly NAG of Phelps as NAG WR…

Thorpe 200 and 400 I think are unbeatable by now… same for Phelps 200 fly and Gyurta 200 Breast.

The others may be achiavable..

Scuba Steve
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Hagino’s junior IM records are insane. I think his 14yo 2:03.71 is less impressive than either his 13yo or 15yo times – 2:05.01 and 1:59.25 respectively. He was also 1:59.26 200 Back at 14 – next best is Peirsol 2:02.78!

sven
Reply to  Scuba Steve
7 years ago

A lot of comparisons to x swimmer’s time at 14. I don’t know when Kyle Chalmers’ birthday is, but I think it’s worth noting that Michael has a somewhat unfortunate birthday for LCM swimming. April is just the beginning of the long course season, and so he does almost all of his long course swimming in the early parts of that particular age (with very few exceptions like one meet this winter and the meet this weekend).

Basically, the Michael Andrew right now is a much more developed 14 year old than the Michael Andrew from last summer, but he has fewer chances to show it than someone with a later birthday (although he’s doing a damn fine job with… Read more »

Scuba Steve
Reply to  sven
7 years ago

I agree Sven – that’s always the challenge with junior records. MA is swimming well at the moment though, so I think we can say that his LCM times reflect that. Racing in Australia is all about Trials at the start of April and then Age Group champs later in the month – so when you say ‘squeeze in long course meets’ and ‘fewer chances’, you’d find that’s not the focus. Chalmers birthday – late June – works ok for the Australian Long Course season, but he was certainly a little younger than MA is now when he swam 50.86. It doesn’t mean much in the long run of course.

JMAN
Reply to  sven
7 years ago

I say who cares about his AG records. Fun to watch but he is a talent beyond AG swimming so i don’t care what 13-14 records he does or does not break at this point. I just want to see how fast he can go, period.

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

Read More »