Michael Andrew Breaks Mare Norstrum Barcelona Meet Record With 24.64 50 Back

2022 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR

On the second day of the Mare Nostrum tour in Barcelona, Michael Andrew broke the Barcelona meet record in the 50 back, swimming a time of 24.64. He takes .02 seconds off Japanese swimmer Junya Koga‘s record of 24.66 from 2014. He finished just over a tenth ahead of silver medalist Pieter Coetze (24.78) and also beat out bronze medalist Ryosuke Irie (24.94).

Andrew’s best time in the event is from 2019, when he swam a time of 24.39 at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy Meet. He was faster today that he was at U.S. Trials in April, when he finished fifth with a time of 24.80.

Michael Andrew, Fastest 50 Back Swims:

  1. 24.39 – 2019 Sette Colli Trophy Meet
  2. 24.45 – 2019 Mare N0strum – Monaco
  3. 24.49 – 2018 FINA World Cup – Kazan/Doha
  4. 24.53 – 2019 Mare Nostrum – Canet/2019 Sette Colli Trophy Meet
  5. 24.58 – 2019 FINA World Championships
  6. 25.59 – 2018 US Nationals
  7. 24.60 – 2019 FINA World Cup – Kazan
  8. 24.62 – 2017 FINA World Junior Championships
  9. 24.64 – 2022 Mare Nostrum – Barcelona

As you can see Andrew has been faster in this event on eight different occasions, with many of his best times being clustered around smaller meets in 2018 and 2019 like the FINA World Cup and Mare Nostrum. His swim today is the fastest he’s been in the 50 back since 2019. That year, he finished fifth at World Championships in the event. This year, Andrew did not qualify to swim the 50 back at worlds. Instead, he will be swimming the 50/100 fly, 50/100 breast, and the 50 free.

Earlier this meet, Andrew won the 50 breast and took bronze in the 50 free.

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Don't understand the infatuation
8 months ago

Too bad he can’t break 58 in the 100 breast leg of the medley relay.

Tim Morrison
8 months ago

Since the Olympics I’ve thought the best thing for MA is Salo’s Program at Nova. He’d learn to sustain speed there

Xman
Reply to  Tim Morrison
8 months ago

How often does he ever do practices with other swimmers? He has posted some on instagram with Hunter, and some Mexican national team swimmers.

PFA
8 months ago

I think what’s very impressive was the fact that he did 18 races last week and is now doing even more and just went a fast 24.6

Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

2022 Phillips 66 International Team Trials
Men’s 50 meter backstroke
“A” Final
Armstrong – 23.71
Ress – 23.92
Casas – 24.00
Murphy – 24.57
Andrew – 24.80

End of discussion.

Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

no one said he was better than those guys in a 50 back

The Original Tim
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

This is an article about Andrew breaking a meet record, not about what he did at Trials, which is 100% irrelevant to the topic at hand.

End of discussion.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

Absolutely fascinating. You had to do so much formatting to make what is objectively, a horrible post.

Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

Hunter >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Michael

End of discussion

Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

Yeah and Michael >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hunter in 50 Free, Fly and Breast

What’s your point?

Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
Reply to  Scuncan Dott
8 months ago

Stick to the topic at hand.

Chlorinetherapy
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

Says the person who goes off topic…..

Michael Andrew #1
8 months ago

Such a special talent in swimming. No swimmer has his sprinting range and that’s a fact. All the haters can’t deny this.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Michael Andrew #1
8 months ago

His range is looking at the schedule and seeing which 50 is next

Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
8 months ago

Since Michael Andrew won’t medal at the individual 100 meter events.

MA swims 56 100br in Paris
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

He will medal 100br at Worlds

Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
Reply to  Michael Andrew #1
8 months ago

I’m looking for that individual medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics for Michael Andrew. Still can’t find one.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
8 months ago

Why is a swimmers’ worth, talent, or potential determined by their medal count? 4th place is nothing to be ashamed about. Yeah it sucks for him that he didn’t get a bronze but top 4 in the entire world? That’s special.

Pvdh
Reply to  Mr Piano
8 months ago

You’re asking why an athlete is Judged by the one thing that…we are supposed to judge them on?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Pvdh
8 months ago

Like I said, making it to the Olympic final is an achievement of its own

Pvdh
Reply to  Michael Andrew #1
8 months ago

Don’t you have to win important medals to have the range….

MIKE IN DALLAS
8 months ago

I have, and will continue to have, the highest respect for MA, even in the face of continued ‘criticism’ from certain elements of the swimming community. He’s proven himself at Nationals, Tokyo Olympics, and soon – the world championships. He has earned everyone’s respect. Give it a rest!

Taa
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
8 months ago

You think a 24.6 is article worthy? It’s a training meet for him obviously. He is always going to get second guessed because of the way he does things

strela
Reply to  Taa
8 months ago

24.6 is as worthy of an article as all the random college commits on here, if swimswam isn’t reporting on a new record then idk what they would report on

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Taa
8 months ago

., , , , , AND THAT IS NOT A SIN – it’s just a difference!

Tim Morrison
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
8 months ago

Are you a practicing Christian ?

Taa
8 months ago

Magic man is not impressed

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