Michael Andrew Explains How He Went 1:55 in the 200 IM

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Reported by James Sutherland.

MEN’S 200 IM SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • US Open Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.56 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Hubert Kos (HUN) – 1:56.99 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.66
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps – 1:55.91
  • Wave I Cut: 2:04.09
  • Wave II Cut: 2:03.02
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.67
  1. Michael Andrew (RPC), 1:55.26
  2. Chase Kalisz (ABSC), 1:57.19
  3. Kieran Smith (FLOR), 1:57.61
  4. Carson Foster (RAYS), 1:57.77
  5. Sam Stewart (YHF), 1:58.37
  6. Ryan Lochte (GSC), 1:58.65
  7. Andrew Seliskar (CAL), 1:58.92
  8. Trenton Julian (ROSE), 1:59.21

As we’ve become accustomed to, Michael Andrew absolutely torched the first 150 in the second semi-final of the men’s 200 IM, but we’ve never seen him out quite so fast.

Andrew was out in an unbelievably fast 23.90 at the 50, with no one else in the field even under 25 seconds. He extended that lead with a 29.19 back leg, and then blew everyone away again with a blazing 32.21 breast split. That put him at 1:25.30 at the 150, 1.21 seconds under Ryan Lochte‘s world record pace.

Andrew went from being the fastest in the field on each of the first three 50s to the slowest on freestyle, closing in 29.96, but ultimately it was a moot point tonight as he qualified first for the final by almost two seconds in 1:55.26.

Not only does that erase a second from his previous PB set in the prelims (1:56.25), but it also makes him the fifth-fastest man in history, and the fastest in the world this season.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 200 IM

  1. Ryan Lochte (USA), 1:54.00 – 2011
  2. Michael Phelps (USA), 1:54.16 – 2011
  3. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:55.07 – 2016
  4. Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:55.18 – 2009
  5. Michael Andrew (USA), 1:55.26 – 2021

2020-2021 LCM MEN 200 IM

MICHAELUSA
ANDREW

06/17
1:55.26
2 DUNCAN
SCOTT
GBR 1:55.90 04/14
3 WANG
SHUN
CHN 1:56.27 10/01
4 MITCH
LARKIN
AUS 1:56.32 12/15
5 PHILLIP
HEINTZ
GER 1:56.42 12/30

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anonymous
1 month ago

He is hitting his back to breast turns perfectly now and not losing his momentum.

Peter
1 month ago

Hope he breaks the world record tonight!

BillyBob
1 month ago

I’m so bummed he scratched the fly. Could have definitely qualified.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

if only 100 back and 100 fly were flipped on the schedule

Xman
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Phelps would have 9 gold’s!!!!

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

To paraphrase Ledecky’s statement:

Women’s schedule are easier!

Xman
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Screw that we’re about to see a 150 IM time that that should only be done in short course meters!

Khachaturian
1 month ago

If he takes it out in sub 23 that is when the world explodes

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

Just watching him makes me explode all the time!

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

Bonk! Sent to horny jail

Philip Johnson
1 month ago

So he’s a 100 breast, 200 IM, and (possibly) 50 free swimmer?

Such an odd combo.

What are examples of someone medaling in two out of the three said events? I don’t think anyone has ever medaled in all three.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Not at the same meet, but George Bovell 2004 Olympic bronze in the 200 IM (behind Phelps/Lochte, ahead of Cseh) and 2013 Worlds bronze 50 free.

Rafael
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Ruta was Jr World Champions on 50 free and 200 IM but seems like she never really tried it and her injuries prevent she from progressing

She had potential for world class 50/100 free and 200 IM

riley
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Hasn’t George Bovell done that for T&T in 200 IM/50? Maybe not at the same Olympics but I feel like in his career at least he’s done that.

N P
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

There’s a decent chance we could’ve seen Mark Spitz swim the 50 and 200 IM had it been an event in his time (the first WR wasn’t recognized until 1976).

Landen
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Minus the breast, Bovell?

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Alice Mills medaled in 50 free and 200 IM in World Championship

Leisel Jones in 100 breast and 200 IM

Amanda Beard in 100 breast and 200 IM

Last edited 1 month ago by Texas Tap Water
Tim Morrison
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Breast IM are common combo

Joe
1 month ago

He needs to take the first 50 out .3 faster if he wants to get under 1:55

nuotofan
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

23.9 is so fast..: in today 100 fly heats only two swimmers (Dressel 23.39 and Kovac 23.74) have been faster at 50m. 23.6 would be a great split also for a 100 fly ; for the 200 IM would be something out of the World..

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Yeah 30.0 on the last 50 is already really fast

BillyBob
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

I know this is a joke but I feel like when he breaks the WR he’ll be out in 23.5. His back will be 28.5 and his breast will be about the same.

bodybyfood
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Unfortunately when/if he breaks the record it’ll be a bunch of comments like, “yeah, BUT his free was too slow.”

mhm
1 month ago

Fly and die

SwammaJammaDingDong
1 month ago

“I was on pace to go a 1:49 but then I had to swim those last 25 meters” – MA

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