After a tough day 2 schedule that included 5 races in a single finals session, Team USA’s Michael Andrew bounced back this morning to show he’s far from done at the 2015 FINA Junior World Championships. That heavy schedule led to some serious fatigue throughout the session for Andrew, but it did lead to something good. Because he competed in the 100 back last night, he’s now able to race in the 50 back. This was one of the reasons he cited for not dropping the 100.
Andrew took advantage of his 50 back spot, exploding to a new best time in prelims. He surged to the wall in a time of 25.14 to grab the top seed headed into semifinals. That was not only a best time, but also a new Junior World Championships Meet Record.
The previous record was held by Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich at 25.44 from 2013. Coincidentally, Andrew’s time from this morning also ties Tarasevich for 27th in the world this year.
Andrew’s best prior to this meet was a 25.51 from sectionals in July. If he can shave off just a hair from his morning swim, he has a shot at Evgeny Rylov’s Junior World Record of 25.09 that was set at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.