Michael Andrew’s doubters and critics will always find a leg to stand on long-term, but on Friday night, they’ll be reaching for crutches. Andrew has broken his 3rd National Age Group Record in a single session of finals on Friday night at the 2013 Winter Junior National Championships.
First came the 100 fly, then came the 100 breast, and his latest conquest is the 100 backstroke, where he was 11th overall in 48.68. That broke the 48.73 set by Thomas Anderson of KING earlier this year (Anderson won the B-Final here in 47.61, but has already aged up to 15).
Andrew was out in 23.58 and came back in 25.10 – another neat thing about this race is that he had identical 50 and 100 yard splits to Andrew Liang, with whom he tied for that 11th-place position.
Andrew now has his name on 12 National Age Group Records (though he’s broken plenty more than that, and some multiple times). One could argue if there’s been better 13-14’s, especially relative to era, but it would be hard to contest that there has ever been a more balanced, four-stroke, versatile 13-14 than Michael Andrew. He holds the NAG Records in 100 yards in backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, all broken in one night, and sits 6th in the 100 free, which he could improve upon on Saturday.
This was the only of the three NAG Records he broke today that he didn’t already own this morning.
The three finals all came within approximately one hour and 15 minutes of each other.