Michael Andrew Enters 100 Back at Pan Pacs


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American 19-year old swimmer Michael Andrew will swim 4 events at the 2018 Pan Pac Championships. Three of them are races that he directly qualified for by way of a top 3 position at US Nationals: the 50 free (which he won), the 100 breast (which he also won), and the 100 fly (where he placed 3rd behind Caeleb Dressel and Jack Conger).

He’s also earned a spot on at least the men’s medley relay, and possibly the mixed medley relay as well, depending on where U.S. coaches decide to use each swimmer (Dressel can swim fly/free, Andrew fly/breast, etc.)

But his 4th individual entry at the meet might not be in the race you’d expect. It won’t be in the 100 free, which he swam at Nationals last week, or the 200 IM, a race where he was a one-time World Junior Record holder. Instead, it will be the 100 backstroke.

Andrew is not a complete stranger to the stroke. He placed 4th in the 50 back at US Nationals (24.62), and he still holds 3 National Age Group Records in the stroke (along with many more that have since been broken). But, for a swimmer whose stated goals include becoming the world’s best at each of the 50 meter events, the backstroke has been the stroke in which we’ve seen the least from him over the last few years.

His best in the 100 back in long course is a 54.74 from the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships. He actually swam sub-55 in that race three times at that meet. He also swam the event at the Missouri Valley Championships last year, but was just 57.05 in prelims and 55.13 in finals. That was one of only two times he raced the event in 2017 (which is low for a swimmer like Andrew who races a lot). He’s swum the race one other time in 2018 – a 56.57 in Austin.

Unlike what we remarked with Dressel and his ‘off event’ entries at Pan Pacs, Andrew is generally less apt to scratch or no-show his entries at big championship meet.

Andrew is the 14th seed out of 18 entries in the men’s 100 back.

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y tho?


Trying to qualify for the 50 back at worlds


My reading of the qualifying is that the 2nd 50 spot at Worlds will go to the fastest 100 back worlds qualifier who isn’t the 50 back champion from Nationals. Gonna be really tough to end up the fastest 100 back swimmer

25 free champ

Just has to be 2nd to Murphy. Not likely but he’s surprised me before. I think he’s probably just swimming it to swim it though. I’m guessing he thinks he’s in good shape to get a decent PB and that’d be worth it.


I agree with your last two sentences. The first one though…getting 2nd to Murphy is a pretty tall order when he has to get by Grevers, Ress, Pebley.


absolutely right . He wont get pass Grevers & Pebley or Ress . They have more experience and are all in the 52/53 range


If he touches at the 50 with his hand, does it count as an official 50 time? I know it works in freestyle races (200 free AR was once set as part of a 500), so I’m curious if he might just be going after a really fast 50 instead of an actual 100


Yes, but in order for the time to count he must finish the 100.
In 2009, Jessica Hardy broke two world records in one race (50/100 br))
I can see him have a nice 100 Backstroke as well. If he can go out in 25 mid and come back in 28 something I can see him get a 53 high

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

I read that as Michael Phelps and got a heart attack.


i had to reread that too

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