Michael Andrew Breaks World Junior Record In 50m Breaststroke


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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  1. BackstrokerLCM says:

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

    • Barry says:

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

      • hswimmer says:

        100 IM which isn’t an olympic race….

        • G Lee says:

          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.

          • Hswimmer says:

            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…

          • G Lee says:

            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.

          • Bigly says:

            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 says:

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

          • Bigly says:

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

    • Pvdh says:

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

  2. Swim says:

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

  3. The Screaming Viking! says:

    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.

    • Bigly says:

      Says his last 50 of the 200 IM.

      • Cheatinvlad says:

        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.

    • taa says:

      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! says:

        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.

  4. samuel huntington says:

    Great swim, congrats

  5. Michael says:

    If he’s behind Moses, Miller, Alexandrov, and gangloff then that would make him the 5th fastest American ever, not fourth.

  6. bobo gigi says:

    I will never understand all the drama and the debates about Michael Andrew.
    Maybe because some swim fans have compared him since the beginning to Michael Phelps and have such crazy high expectations that they can only be disappointed. And the critics are disproportionate.
    On the other hand I can also understand that too much hype for several years can irritate.
    He’s 17. He’s now world champion. It’s the 100 IM. It’s SCM. So what? Let’s be positive sometimes. It’s just a great accomplishment. He was 4th at last olympic trials in the 100 breast in 59. Let’s see how he will develop in that event. And if he never wins a gold medal in long course in the olympic events at the best level, well, that will be his destiny. And I will never consider his swimming career as unsuccessful.

    • Sean S says:

      I think a lot of the annoyance comes from his family, and the insistence that USRPT is the absolute best way to go. Especially when he can’t finish a 200 IM in SCM. I agree that’s he’s an incredible swimmer, but the outsize expectations that come with turning pro at 15 definitely play a role in how people judge his performances.

      • Nations Best says:

        It’s their preference and that’s great, I wish people would just let him be. Just because they don’t agree with what others think doesn’t mean they should be condemned. USRPT has been around for decades MA is just the newest and freshest face of it. I would like some more technical work on his fly and back but who am I to criticize their work. They will look at the results from the meet and make the necessary adjustments to training just as every coach in the world does with their swimmers following a championship meet.

        • Bigly says:

          It’s more than a preference — it’s also an economic reality for them. It’s their brand, he’s a pro, his dad is his devoted coach, and they profit (and have to) off the USRPT stuff and sponsorships. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s beyond just a preference at this point.

    • Bigly says:

      Curious, Bobo, about your view of Missy Franklin, then. Tremendous hype after far greater accomplishments (Olympic golds and WRs) than MA at a young age, mostly downhill from there, extremely disappointing Olympics this time by her own admission. You’re only as good as your last race nowadays. You and others weren’t so positive about her.

      Timing is everything. As you say, legends are made in the Big Pool and only at the Olympics. MA struck WC gold in the post-Olympic year in an event practically as useless for Olympic glory as the mixed relays (which I love). At least the mixed relays have a chance at making it to the Olympics.

    • Bigly says:

      It’s not just comparisons to MP. It’s about perspective that attempts to put context on the accomplishments so that the truly remarkable ones remain historically truly remarkable. Look, a WC gold at 17 is great, but Gyurta won a silver medal at the Olympics in the 200 breast at 15 and broke an Olympic record at 19. Some people bloom earlier even than MA, and some actually get Olympic gold (as Gyurta eventually did).

  7. Person says:

    I think 100 breast is his event for LCM, so improvement here is good. Probably slower on the relay since he hasn’t done relays as often as other guys that actually have a team and all. I would still absolutely love for him to try some more traditional training for the end of that 200 IM, especially since it’s the beginning of a new quad and if it turns out horribly he’ll have time to recover from it.
    Still, he’s had a mixed meet with some very nice highlights. World Champ at 17, continues to break records.

    • Bigly says:

      31 for the 50 free at the end of the 200 IM wasn’t good enough for you?

      • Person says:

        No, not quite XD I’m of the belief that starting out as a more versatile swimmer that does longer distance at a young age (like Phelps and Lochte) helps with longevity, and I’d really like MA to have a good long course 200 IM because it’s now a relatively open event for the U.S.


    Since the OT in Omaha , he is on a roll !!! well done Michael

  9. tea rex says:

    Since NCAA is off the table, he should try to go train with Adam Peaty in the UK. However Peaty is training, it has obviously put him head and shoulders above the competition, and I know the Andrews are all about trying cutting edge techniques.

  10. Captain Ahab says:

    He needs to train with Adam Peaty over the Holidays. With a focus on sprint breaststroke.

  11. Attila the Runt says:

    Go MA!

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Mitch Bowmile is a former Canadian age group swimmer who was forced to end his career early due to a labrum tear in his hip and a torn rotator cuff after being recognized as one of the top 50 breaststrokers his age in Canada. He competed successfully at both age …

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