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.

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samuel huntington

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!!


slower? how do you figure. What makes that slow

samuel huntington

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.


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


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…


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


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.


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


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

Lane Four

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.


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

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