It didn’t take long after his 14th birthday for Michael Andrew to get his first National Age Group Record as a 13-14.
This week at the CRAA Summer Long Course Kick-off meet in Iowa City, Iowa, Andrew was a part of a unique bracket-style 50 free that saw him get four cracks at the record.
In the third of those four swims, Andrew swam a 23.47 in the long course 50 meter free to break the National Age Group Record in the event. That went .03 under the time of Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel from 2011.
Andrew, who for so long has thrived on his size, is now in a 13-14 age group where there are plenty of tall swimmers, and not only is he thriving, he’s beginning to take many more of his records in the more technical long course events. Out of his now 11 National Age Group Records that are still standing, this is only the 3rd in long course.
In other swims so far at this meet, which he’ll conclude on Sunday in the 100 free, Andrew also swam a 57.78 in the long course 100 fly.
Andrew only turned 14 in mid-April, so he’ll have a full season of long course and short course to go after more records.