Michael Andrew Fires Off Another American Record, This Time 50 Fly


19-year-old Michael Andrew earned his 2nd American Record in as many days while competing on the final day of the 2018 FINA World Cup Series in Singapore.

Competing in the morning heats of the men’s 50m butterfly, MA clocked a time of 22.37 to claim the top seed ahead of Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin. Schooling will enter tonight’s final as the #2 swimmer in 22.76, while Tsurkin is in the mix with 22.78.

For Andrew, his morning effort of 22.37 shaved .01 off of the previous American Record held by Olympian Tom Shields. Shields produced the 22.38 former standard at the 2016 Short Course World Championships in the semi-finals. The former Cal Bear ultimately earned silver in 22.40.

Andrew’s previous personal best rested at the 22.39 clocked just last week at the Tokyo stop of this series. His time tonight replaces Shields as the #10 performer all-time in the event.

Last night Andrew produced a new American Record in the 50m breaststroke, but fell one spot shy of a medal, finishing in 4th. He’ll look to improve on that result in this event come this evening’s final.

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Taking a guess here, but was that time for Yauhen Tsurkin supposed to be 22.78 and not 22.38? Because if it was 22.38, that would make him the #2 seed, not Schooling.

Tammy Touchpad Error

I didn’t see MA figuring out short course quite this fast. Thought hed be way better in LC for a while. He’s the real deal for sure.

E Gamble

The pool next to his house that he trained in year round in.Kansas was SCM. He’s probably very comfortable racing SCM.

Tammy Touchpad Error

Underwaters/ turns. Of course he’s good at swimming but training 25s doesnt prepare you for race pace turns or it appeared that it didnt in MA’s case. Obviously he is working on it but go watch any of his long course 100 flies off the wall you’ll see what i mean.


Who cares about 50’s SCM…or any other 50….yes your talented and can swim a great race, but if you can’t sustain anything beyond 20 seconds…then it’s anyone’s game that has the height and strength To jump, kick and swing your arms.

SwimFan 192

Have you been sleeping for the last year?


It’s 2018 buddy…. go check out his best times at LCM 200/400IM

Ex Quaker

It’s almost like you’re suggesting shorter events are based on strength and longer events are based on endurance.

Are you saying that you believe that strength is purely genetic and has no effort component, and that endurance is purely ‘gumption’ and ‘hard work’ and has no genetic component?

Neither of those things are true.


I thought dinosaurs were extinct.

Steve Nolan

This is the type of content I crave.

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