It’s been about 9 months without a National Age Group record for Michael Andrew, but the 15-year-old broke through with his first in the new age group on Saturday night while winning the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin.
Andrew, who broke nearly every 13-14 record before aging up last spring, cut almost two full seconds off his lifetime-best to etch his name into the 15-16 records.
The top qualifier out of prelims, Andrew went 1:01.67 to knock off the previous NAG, a 1:01.94 set by USC commit Carsten Vissering at the 2013 Junior Nationals.
Andrew has appeared to slow down his tempo on the front half of the 100 breast as of late, and he’s really seeing it pay off in the back half. Though he was 4th at the 50 turn, the Indie Swimmer rolled past the field over the final 15 meters. Comparing his splits to Vissering’s also shows off his big back half:
- Michael Andrew, 2015: 29.29/32.38 = 1:01.67
- Carsten Vissering, 2013: 28.97/32.97 = 1:01.94