17-year old swimmer Michael Andrew has broken his own 17-18 National Age Group Record in the 100 long course meter breaststroke and become the youngest American swimmer in history to go faster than 1 minute in the event.
Andrew won heat 13 of 14 during the first prelims session of the meet and swam 59.96. That improved upon his own 1:00.37, done in this same pool, 2 weeks ago at the Omaha Swim Cup.
- Omaha Swim Cup – 28.27/32.10 = 1:00.37
- Olympic Trials – 27.73/32.23 = 59.96
For Andrew, who’s pared his normally-crowded schedule down to just 5 events this week, that qualified him through 5th into the meet’s semi-finals, behind Kevin Cordes (50.05), Cody Miller (59.33), Andrew Wilson (59.76), and Josh Prenot (59.76).
Andrew has now broken the 100 breaststroke record 3 times in the last two weeks. The record had been a Cordes-held 1:00.47, which Andrew improved twice at the Omaha Cup, and then by a much bigger margin on Sunday morning.
Also going through to the semi-final is 16-year old Reece Whitley, who swam next to Andrew and wound up qualifying 13th. The two, who have become linked as the young future of American breaststroking, embraced in the water after their swims.
The race was announced as a Junior World Record in the event, though Chinese swimmer Wang Lizhuo swam a 59.64 earlier this year that hasn’t been acknowledged by FINA. FINA’s most recent acknowledged record is a 1:00.12 done by Russian Anton Chupkov in 2015, that has been listed as “awaiting ratification.”