Michael Andrew Explains Building Base for 200s Long Course in Hawaii


Reported by Anne Lepesant.


  • Pro Swim Record: 2:08.95 Andrew Wilson (2018)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:15.28
  • Trials Wave I: 2:17.89


  1. Nic Fink 27 Athens Bulldog Swim Club 2:09.73
  2. Lyubomir Epitropov 21 Unattached-SE 2:10.85
  3. Andrew Wilson 27 Athens Bulldog Swim Club 2:11.00
  4. Michael Andrew 22 Race Pace Club 2:11.32

Taking a page out of Lilly King’s book, Michael Andrew blasted off to a quick start in the final. Out in 29.0, he was 1:02.07 at the 100 and led the field by nearly a full body length. He remained in first place at the 150 but fell off pace over the final 50 meters and faded to fourth at the finish.

Nic Fink, meanwhile, picked up his second breaststroke win of the meet with a smooth 2:09.73 in the 200 breast final. Down by nearly a second at the halfway mark, Fink remained undaunted and stuck to his strategy. After the race he expressed confidence in the strength of his fourth 50, and it was evident in watching him swim. As Fink closed on Andrew, he increased his rate over the final 25 meters without ever rushing or spinning. Fink came home with an evenly-split 33.39-33.41 second half to win with 2:09.73. It was his top swim of the season and moved him ahead of Andrew Wilson for 16th in the world.

Lyubomir Epitropov and Wilson also passed up Andrew over the final 50 meters, finishing second and third with 2:10.85 and 2:11.00, respectively. Michael’s 4th-place 2:11.32 was, nevertheless, a best time by 1.3 seconds.

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Mike Anderson
1 month ago

Go American Renaissance Academy! Nice shout out to super people.

1 month ago

MA looked solid.

1 month ago

I just noticed he’s wearing Tyr at this meet. When did his deal with Adidas end?

Corn Pop
Reply to  sven
1 month ago

When the accountants decided it was not a good deal .

Reply to  Corn Pop
1 month ago

Or maybe when Adidas decided their swim brand wasn’t a good deal.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Swim4
1 month ago

They make rec & training swimwear as a core business. I buy the European models because J like the fit . Not sure they mass produce for the fatter cultures .

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