Michael Andrew Breaks Another NAG Record; Suffers Collapsed Lung

For those who questioned whether or not 12-year old Michael Andrew had the endurance to excel in races longer than 50 yards, he answered that emphatically by breaking the 200 yard breaststroke National Age Group Record at a meet in Independence, Missouri two weeks ago.

Andrew swam a 2:13.33 at the Polar Beat Meet at the Henley Aquatic Centre to break the 2006 record of Tanner Kurz of 2:13.52. Kurz has signed a National Letter of Intent to swim at Indiana this fall.

This is his 12th National Age Group record overall (11 short course, 1 long), and the first of his career that is in an event longer than a 100. When we interviewed his father and coach Peter Andrew in December, he claimed that Michael’s future was actually in the middle-distance races, and it seems that his prophecy might have been accurate.

Also at this meet, he came close to breaking the two-minute barrier in the 200 yard IM for the first time with a 2:00.97 lifetime-best. That moves him into 9th on the all-time age group list. He also cut three-and-a-half seconds off of his lifetime best in the 200 free with a 1:50.35.

After breaking the record, Michael had a bit of a scare with a “spontaneous pneumothorax,” which is code for a sudden collapsed lung caused by a buildup in air in the chest cavity. The specific causes of many spontaneous pneumothorax is unknown, but specialists told the family that this is not an uncommon occurrence in tall, skinny boys like Michael. The condition is self-healing, and Michael has already made a full recovery in time to swim at a meet in Missouri this weekend.

And don’t look now, but Michael’s mother, Tina, tells us that he’s hit another growth-spurt.


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Is he wearing the new Speedo get-up in that picture? Hair-management system and all?

bobo gigi

Thank you for the results of this young swimmer. Interesting to follow his career. I hope for him he will have a much better future than Tanner Kurz. But it’s the fun thing about a young swimmer. We don’t know and nobody can predict that now. Perhaps he’ll struggle to really improve or perhaps he’ll win 6 gold medals in 2016. If you have videos of races, post them. I’m curious to watch his style in the 200 IM. And the good point about him is that he has no weak stroke. I wish him the best.

Concerned Reader

I was reading this and I’m worried- he’s over 6 feet tall and he’s about to grow again? That’s great but then I read collapsed lung. This could be Marfan’s Syndrome. It occurs in a person who’s very tall (and for a 12 year old, that’s enormous) and has gangly limbs. For a 12 year old, a collapsed lung isn’t normal. Just in case, get him tested for fibrillin-1 mutation. It can’t hurt to get him checked out, because if it’s Marfan’s, his aorta could burts, as the disease weakens the tissue in the cardio vascular system. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001455/#adam_000418.disease.symptoms

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