Michael Andrew Finds Freedom to Race (Video)

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

MEN’S 50 FREE:

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo, 20.91, 2009
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel, 21.15, 2017
  • Championship Record: Nathan Adrian/Garret Weber-Gale, 21.47, 2013/2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 21.14, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew– 21.49
  2. SILVER: Caeleb Dressel– 21.67
  3. BRONZE: Nathan Adrian– 21.85
  4. FOURTH: Michael Chadwick– 22.00

Michael Andrew had done it again. World champ Caeleb Dressel popped off the start to the lead, but Andrew moved ahead towards the finish, knocking 2 tenths off his best in 21.49 to win his 3rd of the 4 stroke 50s this week. Dressel wound up 2nd in 21.67, out-touching felow Worlds sprint medalist Nathan Adrian (21.85). Andrew is now the 6th fastest American ever in the event. He was just 2 hundredths off the Meet Record tonight.

Michael Chadwick was a hundredths shy of his best for 4th in 22.00. Since he didn’t place in the top 4 in the 100 free, Chadwick won’t be making the trip to Pan Pacs this summer. Fellow 2017 Worlds team member Zach Apple was 5th, also just off his best in 22.06. Apple should be making the trip to Pan Pacs since he placed 4th in the 100 free earlier in the meet. he had the fastest 100 free time of the meet with his performance in prelims.

Tate Jackson had the 6th fastest time of the night in 22;09 from the B final. That topped his best by 3 tenths. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held was just behind in 22.27. 100 free champ Blake Pieroniplaced 5th in the B final in 22.56. He was a tenth ahead of Harvard star Dean Farris (22.66), who finished 7th there.

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marklewis

Michael was the Sprint King at Nationals. It was impressive to see him pass Dressel in the 50 free with his drive to the finish.

He won some close races, beating out his competition down the stretch.

Love to Swim

This kid is an inspiration. And what a journey! Starting as a professional from very young age, smashing age group records only to plateaued and facing naysayers and negativity and yet keeping positive outlook on everything. He must have a great family support. I hope he swims full time in world cup and take all those sweet cash. His only competition is Le Clos.

Teddy

That circuit is gonna be a cashcow for him!

Cobalt

Yes, such an inspiration. I really think that in time he can be our best 100 flyer. About 4 years ago there was a video of Michael racing a 50 against Le Clos. Le Clos was WAY ahead after the start, and by the end of the race Michael had caught him but was just out touched. In the 50 fly this week he caught and passed Dressel. He might just have a better fly than Dressel, with less vertical motion. Wonderful to see his progression.

RUN-DMC

This meet could not have gone any better for him. Congratulations.

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