Michael Andrew Enters 6 Events For U.S. Olympic Trials Including All Four 100s

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Michael Andrew is entered in six different events, including the 100s of all four strokes, at 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.

The pre-scratch psych sheets dropped this morning, showing which events versatile top athletes could potentially target – though athletes can still scratch individual events closer to meet day.

For Andrew, his lineup will still probably pare down some. But he’s given himself the opportunity, at least, to swim all five disciplines at Olympic Trials: freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and IM.

Chronologically, Andrew is entered in the 100 breast, 100 back, 100 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, and 50 free. Here’s a look at how those events would fit in the 8-day Trials format, assuming Andrew swims through to the final of all six:

Morning Evening
Day 1 (Sun. 6/13) 100 breast (heats)
100 breast (semis)
Day 2 (Mon. 6/14) 100 back (heats)
100 breast (final)
100 back (semifinal)
Day 3 (Tue. 6/15) 100 back (final)
Day 4 (Wed. 6/16) 100 free (heats) 100 free (semis)
Day 5 (Thu. 6/17) 200 IM (heats) 100 free (final)
200 IM (semis)
Day 6 (Fri. 6/18) 100 fly (heats) 200 IM (final)
100 fly (semis)
Day 7 (Sat. 6/19) 50 free (heats) 100 fly (final)
50 free (semis)
Day 8 (Sun. 6/20) 50 free (final)

The events where Andrew has previously represented Team USA internationally fall at the very beginning of his lineup (100 breast) and very end of his lineup (50 free). The 200 IM has also become a top Olympic bid for Andrew, and those three events would fit together very well, without requiring any multi-event sessions for Andrew. We’ve bolded them above.

The 100 free is the most likely of this bunch to be a scratch – the allure is that the event will select up to 6 Olympic roster spots to fill the relay, compared to 2 Olympic roster spots in other events. But the field is fierce, and there’s a good chance Andrew really only plans to swim the event in prelims to see if he pops a big time drop.

The 100 back and 100 fly are tricky. Andrew sits 4th on the psych sheet in the 100 fly, and would actually be 3rd if his seed used his recent personal best of 50.80. He’s the 5th seed in the 100 back. Both are tough event fields and would force doubles with more of Andrew’s primary events (the 100 breast/100 back share sessions, as do the 100 fly/200 IM). But Andrew has also had a tendency to surge in different strokes at different meets, so entering all six races gives him the option to focus on a stroke if it’s really heating up the week of the meet.

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Hmmmm
1 month ago

That last 50 of the 200 IM is gonna be a sight to see after a schedule like that

Sheesh
Reply to  Hmmmm
1 month ago

A very tired T-Rex

Megbert
1 month ago

“But Andrew has also had a tendency to surge in different strokes at different meets, so entering all six races gives him the option to focus on a stroke if it’s really heating up the week of the meet.”

This is very factual.

USA
1 month ago

Who will win the women’s 200 br?

TimmyG
Reply to  USA
1 month ago

lazor

maxss
Reply to  TimmyG
1 month ago

🧢🧢🧢🧢🧢🧢

Hswimmer
Reply to  USA
1 month ago

Escobedo 👀👀👀

2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

I would like to see him drop the 100 back. I personally would like to see him do a prelims of the 100 free. Would be his only swim that day. He has dropped a ton in other events. I’m not saying he would make the team in the 100 free, just would be cool to see a PB here. The 100 fly is not scheduled in the right place for him unfortunately. The 100 fly after the 200 IM will be tough. I think he makes the team in the 100 breast and 200 IM.

Ghost
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

He is crazy to even attempt the 100 free! If he doesn’t make the 100 breast the first day, he needs to keep his schedule minimal! He doesn’t do well with doubles in a situation where he needs to be top 2. I am not saying that he couldn’t put down a fast 100 back and he will have to chose 100 fly or IM. But this isn’t some AG meet where you are trying for high point or World Cup where you are trying to line your pocket with prize money!!!! Be smart

MX4x50relay
1 month ago

Probably will scratch the 100 free after prelims I would guess

Hswimmer
Reply to  MX4x50relay
1 month ago

He said on Instagram live he’s trying to get a relay spot

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Like if this were 2016, yeah a 48 might make it, now, everybody is thinking 47

Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

Let’s see what Michael Andrew can do

Comet
1 month ago

I think he does prelims only in 100 free and 100 back. The more races he swims the more likely he will have a 30+ free split in the 200 IM final. His focus should be 100 breast and 200 IM even though he has a very good chance in the 50 free and 100 fly. He could easily make the team in four individual events but I think it will be 2 or 3.

Khachaturian
1 month ago

Dude don’t do the 100 free. You are facing off against 7 or 8 dudes who have already went 47 in their life.

sscommentor
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

If he doesn’t make the team in the 100 breast, absolutely no reason for him to lose tread on his tires chasing the 100 freestyle. Just too many horses in that event right now for the US

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