Michael Andrew Breaks World Junior Record In 50m Breaststroke

2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

After winning his first world championship gold medal last night, Michael Andrew of the United States was back in full force this morning with a new world junior record in the 50m breaststroke.

Andrew qualified seventh overall for tonight’s semifinals with a time of 26.56, bettering his personal best of 26.82 that he set at a FINA World Cup event in Berlin this past August.

The time also bettered Turkey’s Huseyin Sakci’s world junior record of 26.67 that he set back in December of 2015, just about a year ago.

Andrew’s swim came about halfway through the session, following a performance on the prelim squad of the 4x50m medley relay. There, diving in after a 23.84 backstroke leg by Matthew Josa, Andrew managed to split a 26.62.

Surprisingly he was about one-tenth faster without the flying start in order to break the record.

His time now makes him the fifth fastest American ever behind Ed Moses, Cody Miller, Mike Alexandrov, and Mark Gangloff.

In order to top the rankings, he’ll need to go faster than the 26.28 that Moses swam in Berlin back in January of 2002.

Cody Miller was right on that mark this morning, sporting a 26.34 in order to swim a best time and qualify for the semifinal fourth overall.

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BackstrokerLCM

50s down but now it’s time for him to learn how to do a 100

He just won a world title in a 100m race yesterday. He also finished 4th in the 100m Breast at OTs.

100 IM which isn’t an olympic race….

Where is your SCM world title at 17 years of age….at any distance? I thought so. You should watch his youtube videos. Michael is extremely positive in his thinking. Comments like this don’t faze him at all. He just keeps trying to get faster.

I have nothing against him, winning the 100 im is great against guys like Morozov, but it won’t do him any good because it’s not a 200m IM…

The experience alone of winning a world championship at the age of 17 against that elite field will be motivating for him. He just proved that he just might be in the mix four years from now in the 200 IM. But, only time will tell. The only thing I’m sure of is that this win will still keep him humble and hungry for more. And I base this on what I’ve seen on his youtube videos.

He won a world championship, but it wasn’t an elite field typical WC standards. 16 swimmers in the post-suit era have been faster, and only Morozov and Heintz of those were included and they were off their best times by a second or more. Shields would probably also beat him, as would a handful of others.

I’m all for congratulating him, but it’s the hype —- of his family’s and sponsors’ own doing —that has led to the mixed public perception.

If anything he just proved he won’t be in the mix for the 200 IM — 1:56 SCM with a :31 last 50.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

always finding little stones under the rug – u can’t resist ….. what about your stones under the rug ?

He’s a pro — he’s paid to be positive. It’s called marketing a brand.

Wasn’t he a 59 at trials? Incredible for a 17 year old

BackstrokerLCM

Yeah no doubt but going out in a 27 means he should come back faster than a 32

But he does come back faster than 32….

Adam Peaty’s wr splits were a 3.91 difference. MA was 3.94 different in his best time. They both take the race out close to their top 50 breast time. What other bs you got?

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Bingo

Brutal comments towards MA. The guy is a world champion and some of you are still not satisfied.

Andrew could win 9 Golds in one olympics and there would still be haters. The best thing to do is ignore them.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

they are many people with negative mind narratives – always have been . the are not important to the sport of swimming or any sport .

Some even get elected.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

yes some do if we dont pay attention ….

It comes with being a pro. If he (or anyone else) is going to profit off their “brand,” they have to take the good comments with the bad.

The Screaming Viking!

The best part of the SwimSwam articles on Michael Andrew are all of the people who act like he would be faster if only he did the magical traditional training that almost every swimmer on earth has been doing for decades that didn’t make them as fast as he is.

Says his last 50 of the 200 IM.

Cheatinvlad

I agree, the kid has a monster 50 Breast and 100 breast/im, but those aren’t the marque events and it’s looking more and more like his training isn’t going to get him there.

You dont think he would benefit from the knowledge of training with some of the top coaches in the world or from training alongside and racing some of the top swimmers in the world every day? I love the story that he is gonna try to win a gold medal by training in the pool his dad built in the backyard but its just natural for us to believe he would get to the top a lot easier if he would leave the home training environment.

The Screaming Viking!

I don’t agree. I think other athletes might benefit by training at Michael’s house. I can only imagine how fast Phelps might have been if they were neighbors.

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