Michael Andrew Describes Changes in his Swimming after Getting an Agent (Video)

2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES

Reported by Nick Pecoraro.

MEN’S 200 IM FINALS

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps (USA), 2012

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Michael Andrew blasted out to a lifetime best in the 200 IM at 1:56.83, ranking 4th in the world this season. Andrew split the race 24.07/29.15/33.47/30.14, swimming his free leg within a second of his back leg.

Coming in for second with his strong finishing free was Andrew Seliskar, now ranking 9th in the world this season at 1:58.01. Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann finished in third place also under 2 minutes at 1:59.78, just making the top 25 times in the world.

Andrew is now the fastest American in the 200 IM this season, followed by Kalisz, C. Foster, Stewart, Seliskar, Casas, Lochte, and Prenot;

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2Fat4Speed
1 year ago

He fired his mom?

sven
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 year ago

I mean, yeah, but I have a feeling it was her idea (or at least, she was totally on board). I know she’s had her own business ventures going on for quite a while, and as Michael’s swimming career grew I’m sure it was hard for her to find enough time in the day to do it all.

Mean Dean
1 year ago

He’s very well spoken. I hope he does well this year

juderpea
Reply to  Mean Dean
1 year ago

He really is. I always click on his interviews as they are usually interesting and eloquent. I was never a big fan mainly because of the turning professional at 14, homeschooling, etc. Anyway, I’ve changed my opinion and will be rooting for MA at trials.

cynthia curran
Reply to  juderpea
1 year ago

I think people stereotype homeschoolers, way back in the 1960’s it was a very open type of education. Some homeschoolers are famous like Palmer Luckey that invented the Oculus RIft and sold Oculus to Facebook ,and some are not. Michael Andrew is one of those famous homeschoolers along with Chole Sutton. I hope he is making good money since 1 or 2 bedroom apartments are not cheap in San Diego.

juderpea
Reply to  cynthia curran
1 year ago

I’m not anti-homeschooling but MA’s decision to go pro at 14 coupled with him being homeschooled + coached by only his Dad made me pause. It’s good to know that he’s thriving and is working towards, as he said, “adulting”. Go MA!

Coach
Reply to  juderpea
1 year ago

At 14, I’m not sure it was his decision to go pro or have his dad as his coach.

carlo
Reply to  juderpea
1 year ago

People tend to stereotype homeschoolers as shy and awkward when many are well spoken and communicate well with adults. Michael andrew is just one example.

From my experience, homeschoolers also tend to be more free thinking than those educated in public high schools. They tend to question their professors more when the get to college. Most of the time, when a student debates a professor in the middle if a class, the student was almost always homeschooled.

Those educated in public high schools tend to hang on their professors every word and don’t question anything most of the time when they get to college. They tend to be more docile.

Dbswims
Reply to  cynthia curran
1 year ago

I can confirm that there exists homeschoolers who are not famous. One of which is me LOL.

sven
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Fake news. All home schooled people become pro athletes, global elite, and Hollywood darlings. Nice try.

James
Reply to  sven
1 year ago

You forgot 5 time Grammy Award winners at 17!

N P
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Same, my dude! xD

Ghost
1 year ago

Did he say at the end, he is living on his own? Moving out of his parents’ home?

anonymous
Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

He has been on his own for a while. He has a girlfriend

Ghost
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

Good for him

dmswim
Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

He and his sister live together separate from his parents.

Yup
1 year ago

Still can’t finish a 200 IM, so nothing’s changed…

BaldingEagle
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

What’s your last 50m/200IM split? Beat him in any upcoming meet and you can say whatever you want without seeing downvotes.

Dudeman
Reply to  BaldingEagle
1 year ago

you can be worse than people and still comment on their performances. They get downvotes because they crudely stated their opinion and tried to minimize a good swim, not because MA is faster than them. If that was the case only 10 or so people in the world could talk about his 200IM

Yup
Reply to  BaldingEagle
1 year ago

Is that how you vote for President too?

Yozhik
Reply to  BaldingEagle
1 year ago

I like this kind of arguments. Each swimmer has to use it when coach gets on their nerve criticizing their performance. 😀

Olympian
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Well… Coach is one thing, anonymous wanna be swim commentators/weekend warriors is whole different business.

As an athlete I do find it ridiculous when someone try to minimize a swim that only less than half a dozen people in the world can do.Wish we could come to y’all’s jobs and start the same non sense LOL

anonymous
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

I don’t think an athlete should read these comments. It was a great swim and many athletes had great swims at this meet

Olympian
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

Are you kidding me?? Building tolerance to non sense like some of these comments is part of training, if any of this shake you up… bad news!

Id pay PPV to have access to it,
It’s the best part =DDD

Team Rwanda
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

When my job gets broadcasted live on TV, feel free to do the same, Olympian.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  BaldingEagle
1 year ago

You realize, BALDINGEAGLE, that Melanie Margalis split a few 10’s slower than MA, and that literally 100 or more of 200 IMers could out split him on the last 50. So there’s a fair chance that YUP does outsplit him.

anonymous
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Melanie split 33

spectatorn
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

Hope his freestyle improve. Right now, he reminds me of Thiago Pereira. I remember seeing him out front or top 2 after Breaststroke, only to be overtook at free in 2IM.

Col. Trautman
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

It states in the FINA rulebook – section SW 423.3.05 – regarding each split in the 200 IM: In individual medley events, the swimmer covers the four swimming strokes in the following order: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle. Each of the strokes must cover one quarter (1/4) of the distance. The Freestyle split must be faster than :30.00 seconds. Unless the split is otherwise achieved, the total time will not be ratified and a world ranked swim will not be considered.

Taa
Reply to  Col. Trautman
1 year ago

First the Lochte rule and now a rule against MA, FINA will stop at nothing to slow us down

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

I mean, yeah, he still can’t finish an IM. However, it isn’t fair to say that nothing has changed. He goes 1:56 now versus a 1:57 😉

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

The freestyle strokes are shorter. That’s the change I noticed. It wasn’t a piano at all. Andrews’ freestyle strokes were so compact it almost looked like he was trying to swim in place

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

It was a piano. Anytime a swimmer talks about how painful a last 50 was, and it was coupled with the poor split, and he went a 24 plus in the 50 a bit after, that was a piano. He doesn’t know how to pace it, and that’s a big liability going against Seto, who goes out fast and will tempt MA to go out even faster, should he make the team. But I agree, his freestyle has always looked technically awful compared to his other strokes. He has relatively short arms for his height, too.

Dude
1 year ago

Go Mike. Great swimming. Looking forward to watching your summer

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

All this is great, but surprised no one on any of these MA posts has debated the merits of his ketogenic diet in staving off the piano. Not much out there in the literature specific to swimming or duration of swim races. Read this https://www.dovepress.com/impact-of-ketogenic-diet-on-athletes-current-insights-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-OAJSM. Maybe keto fuels 1:40 or so but not 1:56. It wouldn’t kill him to hit up some carbs. Dem muscles need glycogen. He’s the only guy, talent-wise (sorry Carson Foster fanboys), who could threaten Lochte’s record if he ever got his ever-ending experimentation right.

Anonymous
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

2 Questions:
1. is the freestyle difficulty at the end of an IM often called “the piano” or “a piano”?
2. How can a piano be fixed? Is it endurance?
Thanks!!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Pianos, plural. One can build up lactate tolerance, but ultimately, a piano will hit anyone who stresses their energy system too much in a single race. Take Ledecky, for example, the greatest endurance athlete in our sport. The piano hit her in the 400 free at Worlds when she was energy depleted from being ill. It can happen to anyone if their pacing doesn’t match their energy stores and energy efficiency.

dmswim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

This is an interesting point that could explain how badly he died. Lack of training doesn’t make much sense to me because he’s upped his training lately apparently. Running out of energy stores makes more sense, especially considering how extreme is collapse was and his inability to bounce back for the 50. I hope he tries some carbs too!

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

The most obvious reason for his lack of stamina is a lack of cardio training. That has more to do with it than his diet.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  RUN-DMC
1 year ago

If you’ve ever tried 30 50 flys on :20 seconds rest trying to hold 200 splits, then come back 5-10 min later and do the same for another stroke, and then repeat it again, you would not make this argument.

anonymous
1 year ago

He was at world record pace at the 150. I think he will eventually be 1:53 high for a WR

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

It will never happen until he can do a 200 free in 1:48 or less. Right now he can only barely break 50 in the 100 free. All the great 200 IMers (Phelps, Lochte, and now Seto) could go 1:46 or better, and the former two could go 1:44s.

Lopez
1 year ago

Everyone says he needs to improve his freestyle and his endurance, I do agree he does have a weird stroke outside his 50 free but in my opinion, what hurts him the most, is he goes flat out to the 150 and then just dies. I’m pretty sure Seliskar, with 70K + weeks of training, could have been close to him at the 150 if he went all out and would also have a horrible last 50m split.
MA might have to rethink his strategy or maybe his stroke isn’t as efficient when he paces himself and that’s why he goes pedal to the metal from the start.

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