Michael Andrew Nears 50 Breaststroke World Junior Record In Rome

II INTERNATIONAL MEET TIRO A VOLO NUOTO (TVN MEET)

The American teenage sprint maestro that is Michael Andrew was back at it again on Day 2 of the 2016 TVN Meet in Rome, Italy. After racking up three meet records during yesterday’s prelims, the 17-year-old Indie swimmer notched a near World Junior Record during today’s events.

After earning a personal best of 27.82 yesterday in the men’s 50m breaststroke, Andrew scorched a new time today of 27.75 to take the gold in a new meet record mark. That time is within striking distance of the World Junior Record, which is held by Wang Lizhou at 27.52 from last year’s Chinese Championships. Although the breaststroke splash n’ dash is a non-Olympic event, the fact that Andrew is steadily continuing to drop time bodes well for one of his best shots of making the U.S. Olympic team, that being in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

Andrew also knocked down a meet record in the men’s 100m backstroke, touching well ahead of the field in a time of 55.27 in this morning’s prelims. That mark falls within Andrew’s top 10 personal best times, again boding well for his overall speed heading into Omaha. The youngster took things down a notch come finals, however, as Andrew finished 3rd in the 100m backstroke behind winner Michele Malerba (55.92) and Fabio Laugeni (56.04)

Additional meet records fell over the course of the day in the form of Damiano Lestingi‘s 200m freestyle where he won in 1:49.81, the only sub-2:00 tie of the field. Martina Rosa earned the victory in the women’s 200m IM in 2:17.40, a new meet record for her part as well.

Giulia de Ascentis also wrote her name into the meet record books with a 1:09.87 gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke, while Riccardo Crescenzo took down the old meet mark in the men’s 200 butterfly, taking the event in a time of 2:01.45.

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swimdoc
6 years ago

Gotta say, though, how cool would it be to be 17 and go to Rome? Not many kids get that chance. I finally made it there for my 20th wedding anniversary.

TAA
6 years ago

1:01.87 today in the 100BR..decent time all things considered

BaDunc
6 years ago

If he makes the team for Rio I wonder what he’ll do for training. I expect they’ll want him to train at least some under Bowman and with the rest of the team, but he never swims practices structured like that.

OHSwimFan
6 years ago

Watch the videos of his 200 hundreds, he struggles to finish the race. We have all seen athletes who prescribe to traditional training have the same issues. Not sold its purely a USRPT issue. I will say talking to other coaches who are using USRPT they have the same issue. This is anecdotal though. I think this meet was a poor racing decision to prepare for trials. Mostly due to the travel and not the meet competition. I don’t think he makes the Olympic roster. I will wait until 2020 to pass serious criticism.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Strange preparation for trials but let’s see Omaha before drawing conclusions. Too early right now.
Some people here predicted a qualification for Rio one or 2 years ago.
I’ve always been cautious about him and if he can make a final in one event at trials, I will call his meet a success. The 100 breast seems to be his best chance.

Pvk
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I think be could go around 1:00.0-1:00.2, which should put him in the top 8.

OHSwimFan
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Sorry I think the 100 Breast field on the Men’s side, while not deep with world talent, is very bloated. Cordes, Licon, and Miller will lead the field. I am not counting out McDonald. I think MA just misses top 8. Their is a really good group of 20-24 year olds with National team experience.

Swammer
6 years ago

I’m generally a fan of Michael Andrew but does anyone know why he’s even at this meet, given all the meets going on in the US atm?

Pvdh
6 years ago

Eventually he’s gonna need to progress in real events…

PVSFree
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

I feel like Andrew gets more criticism on this site than any other swimmer. If Whitley got this close to a WJR we’d all be celebrating and saying how good of a sign this is for his 100. That same logic should apply to Andrew, he’s going to do well at Trials

Pvdh
Reply to  PVSFree
6 years ago

It’s the reality. It seems his best results occur in 50 breast, fly, and back.

taa
Reply to  PVSFree
6 years ago

Most kids stop racing this many 50s when they turn 11. haha. And he just swam the same event yesterday. No sane person would say that this trip is a good way to get ready for one of the fastest meets in the world. Anyway Im still a fan and like to follow his progress cause he does things differently. I like that he trains in the swimming pool in his backyard.

Cynthia mae Curran
Reply to  taa
6 years ago

Well, Europe is different they still have the 50’s for the other strokes.

thezwimmer
Reply to  PVSFree
6 years ago

Yes, there is a slight double standard given the fact that most people criticize USRPT training that Andrew does. Since Michael does not swim 200s at the majority of his meets, people are skeptical. However, since Reece is consistently swimming the 100, 200 breasts and 200IM at meets, people see him as having better endurance and speed. USRPT can work exceptionally well for short course, as we’ve seen Michael torch the records. However, for it to be successful in long course, they either need to train long course USRPT (i.e. 50s instead of 25s, 100s instead of 50s), or they need to amend the concept and build somewhat of a base

Hmmm....
Reply to  PVSFree
6 years ago

Might want to mix in a 200 or two if you want actual respect. 50s are for summer league.

Sprintdude9000
Reply to  Hmmm....
6 years ago

Try telling that to Manaudou, Govorov, Cielo, Santos, etc…

Rafael
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
6 years ago

Govorov and Santos are not on the same league of Cielo/Manadou.. and both latter are (were) sub 48 swimmers too.. Andrews does not need to throw a 200.. but he need to put more 100.. and based on his latest results, the breast is his best way… while his 100 free is probably his weakest stroke..

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  PVSFree
6 years ago

Lochte gets butchered any time 4×100 free is mentioned.
Lochte haters, never a Phelps hater on this website.
But your statement is correct though.

xenon
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

Last year in the world rankings Michael Andrew was 53rd in the 100 fly, 50th in 100 breast, and 37th in 200 IM. He hasn’t improved in long course this year in the 100’s and 200IM but there is a lot of swimming left this summer, he’ll get there. I don’t understand why people keep calling him a 50 specialist. Yeah hes good at the 50’s but hes also good at some “real events” too.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  xenon
6 years ago

I think part of it was that we all enjoyed his meteoric rise breaking all these NAGs and that last year in the 13-14 division was a special one. In SCY yards he held records across all events ranging from 50yd free to 400im and took down a Phelps NAG or two LCM. We haven’t seen something like that on the male side as long as I can remember where you had someone holding records in every stroke over multiple distances. In addition the young man was tall that people figured the kid would eventually grow from 6’5″ to 6’8″ and is versatile enough to hold all these nags. Who couldn’t help to think that he could be the next… Read more »

Billy
Reply to  Irish Ringer
6 years ago

Michael is 17, not 16.

Alex
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

Yeah, too bad there is no discipline 400 breaststroke, maybe this is the right event for you

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