Michael Andrew Drops 1:55.26 in the 200 IM to Become #3 American All-Time

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Michael Andrew backed up his prelims performance in the 200 IM by slashing another second off of his personal best, becoming the 3rd fastest American of all-time during the semifinals of the event at tbe 2021 US Olympic Trials.

Andrew, who swam a personal best of 1:56.25 during prelims, took out the semifinals race hard, splitting under the world record pace for the first 150 meters. Although he fell off the pace on the freestyle leg, Andrew still finished in a time of 1:55.26, slicing another second off of his personal best.

With his performance, Andrew moves up from #5 to #3 all-time amongst Americans, putting himself only behind world record holder Ryan Lochte and legend Michael Phelps. It also makes him the fastest performer in the world for the 2020-2021 season. 

All-Time Fastest U.S. Performers in 200 Meter IM

    1. Ryan Lochte – 1:54.00 (2011)
    2. Michael Phelps – 1:54.16 (2011)
    3. Michael Andrew – 1:55.26 (2021) 
    4. Eric Shanteau – 1:55.36 (2009)
    5. Chase Kalisz – 1:55.40 (2018)

World Rankings 

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

MichaelUSA
Andrew
06/17
1:55.26
2Duncan
Scott
GBR1:55.9004/14
3Wang
Shun
CHN1:56.2710/01
4Mitch
Larkin
AUS1:56.2906/16
5Hugo
Gonzalez
ESP1:56.3106/06
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The biggest difference between Andrew’s race tonight and his prelims race came on the backstroke and breaststroke legs, where he split almost a half second faster on each 50. However, he was slightly slower on the freestyle leg tonight.

Splits Comparison

Michael Andrew – 2021 US Olympic Trials Semi-Finals Michael Andrew – 2021 US Olympic Trials Prelims
Ryan Lochte – 2011 World Championships (Current WR)
1st 50 23.9 24.13 24.89
2nd 50 29.19 29.52 28.59
3rd 50 32.21 32.76 33.03
4th 50 29.96 29.84 27.49
Final Time 1:55.26 1:56.25 1:54.00

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Swimmer
1 month ago

Cash Money MA

Distance Per Stroke
1 month ago

Did he scratch 100 fly? He is not on the start list

anonymous
Reply to  Distance Per Stroke
1 month ago

Yes
Smart decision
Now we might actually see someone other than Phelps and lochte in the 1:54s come tomorrow

BillyBob
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

He could probably go 50.3 which could win bronze in Tokyo. He seems like a lock to make the IM. I’m sad he scratched.

Distance Per Stroke
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Yea but swimming the 100 fly in Tokyo would hurt his chances of a gold in 200 IM, which is very possible.

Two scenarios could be a gold/possible WR doing only 2IM, or 2 bronzes if he does both, and that first one sounds a lot better.

Swimken
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

MA would not get likely even a bronze in the 100 fly in Tokyo. Caeleb, Australia’s Temple and Milak are my 1-3.

Meanwhile MA is not only the favorite for the gold in the 200 IM – he’s got a great shot at destroying the world record.

612
Reply to  Swimken
1 month ago

Destroying? So a 1:52.5?

Idk
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

No not smart he’s a lock for top two and could probably go 50 low

anonymous
Reply to  Idk
1 month ago

Yeah maybe in the future we will see a 50 low from him
But for now I feel he needs to concentrate on the 2IM and make sure he qualifies ,he has the chance to bag an Olympic gold in the event

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Idk
1 month ago

he can get on the 100 fly train next year….no problem.

Swammerstein
1 month ago

What a year to figure it out. Great timing and stepping up for USA when needed. I feel like an idiot for doubting this kid in the past

Mean Dean
1 month ago

The fact that MA has become the favorite for gold in a 200 in just a year is not exactly what I would’ve bet money on

Sub-par Seliskar
Reply to  Mean Dean
1 month ago

Jut two years ago swim fans were talking about how he was just a pure bred sprinter and nothing else. Who would’ve thought?

Landen
Reply to  Mean Dean
1 month ago

He believed it

Justhereforfun
1 month ago

I’m a huge Lochte fan, but I low key wanna see Andrew break the WR with a 29-high freestyle split… and then when he retires nobody will come close to the WR split for the first 150

Yabo
Reply to  Justhereforfun
1 month ago

The inverse of chupkov hahahw

PVSFree
1 month ago

I love MA, he’s so good at making the sport entertaining. He’s enduring so much pain on that last 50 for our enjoyment and suspense

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

he absolutely needs to work on that 50 free stroke technique ….the rest is perfectly on point . I Hope his father can point that out one day soon .

lol
1 month ago

Watch MA go 157 tomorrow and get third

X Glide
1 month ago

I know that fly split is just absurd but that breast split is just devastating. Almost 31

anonymous
Reply to  X Glide
1 month ago

Can someone tell me if that is fastest breastroke split in history?

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

It is Kalisz and Lochte have also been 32

Bub
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
1 month ago

Eric Shanteau has split 31s before

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Bub
1 month ago

31.51 in 2009 but that’s from someone who went a 2:07.41 breast at the same championship

BillyBob
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

In a super suit. Did he ever break 32 in textile?

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