Michael Andrew Continues to Experiment with Weights, Will Turn Focus to 200 IM

American sprinter Michael Andrew has posted his latest vlog to his YouTube channel, giving us a peek behind the scenes of his 2019 World Championships experience as well as some insight into the year to come.

The first portion of the video gives a look at Team USA’s arrival in Gwangju, South Korea. Andrew takes viewers from the airport on day one to the village, giving room tours, checking out the pool, and seeing the dining hall.

In the last few minutes of the vlog, he talks about how he was a bit disappointed with his times and his results from Worlds, which only included one medal from swimming in the prelims of a relay. He was excited about making the final in all four 50’s, though, and then he shares that he’s going to be turning his focus to the 200 IM going forward.

He noted his 1:57 from earlier this year, which was “off of very little training, just a lot of surfing and a few 100 pace sets here and there.”

This is a shift from Andrew’s focus on 50’s, especially since the upcoming Olympics only have the 50 free.

“The plan was never to be focused on those solely,” said Andrew about the 50s of stroke. He also said that he’ll still be getting back to his USRPT regimen, in addition to ‘pushing the distance quite a bit’ and ‘experimenting a bit with weights and making the body a little stronger.’

Since his family’s December move from Kansas to California, he has told SwimSwam that he’s been ‘experimenting with lifting,’ doing it in ‘unconventional’ ways that don’t break the body down too much.

With Olympic Trials less than 11 months away, we’re seeing Andrew fine-tune his training. The 200 IM is now looking like a primary event for him for 2020, along with (most likely) the 50 free, and then the 100’s of stroke. His endurance-building efforts may pay dividends in his 100’s of stroke, which have traditionally been slightly weaker than his 50’s.

Even post-Ryan Lochte‘s return, Andrew is still the #2 American swimmer this season.

200 IM
Chase Kalisz 1:56.78
Michael Andrew 1:57.49
Abrahm DeVine 1:57.66
Ryan Lochte 1:57.76
Carson Foster 1:58.69
Shaine Casas 1:58.83


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Samuel Huntington

Good call. He can be great at the 200 IM.


50fr, 200IM are probably his two best chances at the Olympic team next year. 100bk/br/fl are all worthwhile shots too.


Feel like 100 Free is best shot given there are 6 spots available.


Ehm… not for Mr. Andrew

Rachel Wander

There’s about seven people with a 47 and Andrews never broken 49


allow me to introduced you to the monkey on his back- freestyle breathing


at least 8 guys are faster than him on any day over 100 meters in freestyle ….

Michael Mooney

All the way! He could go a 1:54 plus..


Plus 2


He’s the American George Bovell


He read our posts!!! Thank the lord right on Andrews, you’ll excel in the 200 IM, 1:53.99 incoming in Tokyo.


With the speed he already has, he can go 1:55mid just by getting that free split down to 28.5ish. Probably will need some technical adjustments there, but he can do it. Pretty wild event combo, 50fr and 200IM. Who else can even do that? Stravius had 50bk-200IM for a while in his day, but that’s about all I can think of.


George Bovell

Steve Nolan

Not really at the same time, though. (I don’t think, I could be wrong.)

Texas Tap Water

George Bovell didn’t do it at the same time.

The answer is Alice Mills.


He did it in the NCAA level.


A few I can think of: Alice Mills (Tait) won silver medals in the 50fr/200im at Worlds in 2003. Rika Omoto was Japanese number 1 in the 50 free & 200 IM this year (24.9 & 2.08.6). Liam Tancock had a 1.57 200IM when he was the 50bk WR holder. Much lower standard, and slightly different events, but we had a British girl quite a few years back who was the Euro junior 400IM champ, and I think the 50fr was her second best event on points (25.6s). Best event combinations can be a strange beast.

Texas Tap Water

Alice Mills won medals in both 50 free and 200 IM in the same World Championships (2003).

No other swimmer has done it.



Ol' Longhorn

His freestyle is terrible when he has to breathe. No-breath, elite level speed. He has to learn a different way to swim free when he has to breathe as much as he has to on a 200 IM. It’s not conditioning, it’s technique.

Coach Mike 1952

Actually probably a bit of both IMHO, he hasn’t really trained *much* for > 50’s or 100’s in the big pool – yet

Ol' Longhorn

CAELEB DRESSEL! or so I’ve heard.

Coach Mike 1952



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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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