Michael Andrew is one of the headliners at the Schroeder YMCA A+ meet in Brown Deer, Wisconsin this weekend, and on Saturday night he’s already broken a National Age Group Record in his first of three swims.
Andrew won the 100 yard free in 44.16, which broke his own record of 44.73 set in a time trial at the Oklahoma City Pro-Am in December of 2013. In fact, it crushed his old record, and in fact was fast enough that if Andrew were to repeat it in 3 months after his birthday, he’d be in the top 10 of the 15-16 age group already. Ryan Hoffer’s 44.81 is the second-best all-time in the 13-14 age group.
What was really cool about this race is that Andrew, unlike most 13-14 age group events he swim, wasn’t swimming alone. Daniel Krueger from the McFarland Spartan Sharks in Wisconsin dropped two seconds over the course of the day to take 2nd place in 45.03, which puts him third on the all-time list. That makes this 100 free easily the fastest 1-2 finish we’ve seen from two 14 year olds in U.S. history.
Andrew just missed his first record of the meet on Friday, where he was a 3:54.30 in the 400 yard IM. That was just .07 seconds shy off the National Age Group mark in that event.
Still to swim on Saturday he has the 100 breast (he was a 55.5 in prelims) and the 200 IM (he was a 1:48.4 in prelims), and he’ll then have a go at the 50 free, the 200 fly, and the 200 free on Sunday.