After a 2016 season that has been up, and down, Michael Andrew is coming in guns-hot to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 17-year old Kansas resident swam a 1:00.46 on Saturday morning at the Omaha Cup, which is the official Olympic Trials pool test event.
That breaks the old 17-18 National Age Group record that was held by one Kevin Cordes, current U.S. National Team member and one of the favorites in this 100 breaststroke to make the Olympic Team later this month. Cordes set the record when he was 18 at the 2012 U.S. Open after that year’s Olympic Trials, though he also broke National Age Group Records at this equivalent pre-trials meet in 2012.
- Michael Andrew NEW RECORD: 28.12/32.34 = 1:00.46
- Kevin Cordes OLD RECORD: 28.33/32.14 = 1:00.47
Andrew didn’t swim on the first day of this year’s Omaha Cup, but entered the 100 breaststroke and 50 free on Saturday.
Update: Andrew swam 22.41 in his 50 free prelim on Saturday morning. His lifetime best in that event is a 22.33.
Andrew now holds 14 National Age Group Records in short course and 11 in long course (once this swim is ratified). That’s among over 100 record-breaking swims in his age group career.
Andrew’s previous lifetime best in the event was a 1:00.68 done at the 2015 U.S. National Championships in San Antonio. That swim stands as the 15-16 national age group record.
Andrew is now the 7th-fastest American 100 breaststroker during the Olympic Trials qualifying period, which began on July 30th, 2014. Every other swimmer in that top 8 will turn 22-or-older by the end of this summer.
The top 8 American qualifiers heading into Trials:
- Cody Miller, 59.51
- Nic Fink, 59.52
- Andrew Wilson, 59.65
- Kevin Cordes, 59.70
- Sam Tierney, 1:00.15
- Brendan McHugh, 1:00.31
- Michael Andrew, 1:00.46
- DJ Macdonald, 1:00.51
This is one of five events Andrew is entered to race at the Olympic Trials that begin next Sunday.