Michael Andrew Breaks Kevin Cordes’ NAG Record in 100 Breast

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.

Comparative Splits:

  • 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:

  1. Cody Miller, 59.51
  2. Nic Fink, 59.52
  3. Andrew Wilson, 59.65
  4. Kevin Cordes, 59.70
  5. Sam Tierney, 1:00.15
  6. Brendan McHugh, 1:00.31
  7. Michael Andrew, 1:00.46
  8. DJ Macdonald, 1:00.51

This is one of five events Andrew is entered to race at the Olympic Trials that begin next Sunday.



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hate all you want. that’s quick. when cordes did that his freshman year at Zona, we were gushing…

Irish Ringer

Agree that it’s a phenomenal swim for a 17 year old, but from the perspective of making the team he still has a ways to go. Good for him though. Maybe he’ll drop more time.

bobo gigi

It’s very good but not phenomenal.
Gyurta was olympic silver medalist in 2004 at 15.
MA can go under the minute at trials and make a final. Which would be very good.

Steve Nolan


Just say it. “Michael Andrew is the future!” Just say it. You can exclaim “Wow!” when a random 13 year old girl makes trials, but not about something Michael Andrew does b/c he doesn’t have an Olympic medal.

bobo gigi


Believe me or not but I think that Walsh sisters will win more international medals than Michael Andrew.

By the way I just wanted to correct the word phenomenal.
Phenomenal must be used when there are gold medals, US or world records in my opinion.


There is nothing else I can add but agree with messrs Gigi here!

Irish Ringer

I will make a note of it BoBo and promise to never use it again when describing a swimming race unless there’s a gold medal or world record that was part of it ????

The facts

I think you’re forgetting that many international competitions hold the 50s of strokes and Andrew will at the bare minimum be the USA’s sprint guy in the 50 fly back and breast. so I think Andrew should have a solid chance of being a multi-time international medalist even if he’s not on too many team USA relays


All NAGs are phenomenal, by definition. Sorry, you don’t get to rewrite the English dictionary.


Gold medals and world records would be top notch people, they are phenomenal. But you don’t have to be that good to be phenomenal.


Believe me or not, but Michael Andrew will win more international medals than anybody who posts on this site. Every time this kid does something, he gets ripped on this site for not having any Olympic Medals. He is 17. Very few men (or boys) have accomplished that this young.

I admit, I wasn’t much of a fan of his at first. I disagreed with the decision to turn pro so young, and I thought (maybe still think) that the volume of meets that he swims in will lead to burn out. Those decisions were probably more his parents’ than his. Seeing how much hate is directed at him makes me want to see him succeed.


What will be more interesting is seeing how many men/women over the next 4-5 Olympic cycles will make the team as an 18 and under versus the previous 4-5 Olympic cycles. With more opportunities out there for the old dogs and fully developed guys in their mid 20’s I’d be willing to bet that we have an older than average Mens team moving forward than in the past. Anybody want to crunch numbers on the average age of a gold medal winner and/or the average age of the mens and womens team over time?

Gary P

I don’t think we’ve had an 18 year old male on the team since Larsen Jensen in 2004… and he was just 3 week shy of his 19th birthday at the time, with a year of college already under his belt. You gotta go back to Phelps, Peirsol, and Crocker in 2000 for the last time we had anyone under 18 on the men’s team. The men’s side of the sport has already turned into a “man’s game.” The average age of the men’s team for London was 26, with a low of 21. I think we’ll see more mature women on the team going forward, but there will continue to be a strong presence of young talent. Some women… Read more »

Steve Nolan

Didn’t even know they were sisters.

And taking two people to win more medals than one person, REAL. BOLD. STANCE.


Gyurta’s silver was in the 200 breast. Bodor was the fastest Hungarian over the 100 breast that year, and he swam a 1:01.91. So let’s assume that Gyurta was slower than that. MA is therefore a lot faster as a 17yr old, and as a 16 yr old. Not bad for a guy that swims all strokes at a very high level. Maybe not phenomenal by your definition, but still very impressive. We both agree that 2017 is the real test for MA. Will it be his senior breakthrough year? Hope so.


Bobo I’m on board with so many things you say, but saying a NAG is good but not phenomenal raises the bar to a level no one else has ever achieved. In my book that qualifies as phenomenal. Is it the best in the world? Of course not, but its the best a 17 – 18 year old has ever done. Credit is due on this one.


BoBo lost a brain joint , it happens sometimes lol


I don’t know who’s hating, but if you are the youngest American swimmer to go pro, buck traditional training, and your parent says on national television with tears in their eyes that, “We want him to be the best ever and change the sport forever,” than you’ve set the bar pretty high. There is excitement to see that happen, and people watching every move. His sponsor DOES pay him to be watched and discussed. He’s set himself apart from all other swimmers, as have his parents: Change the sport forever. Best swimmer ever. It’s fair to say that at this point it’s not looking like that will come true, or come close to coming true. Any American of COURSE wants… Read more »

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ice age swimmer

way to go MA!!!

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