Just a few heats after putting up the 3rd-best 200 IM in age group history, Michael Andrew upped the ante, scoring the 2nd-best 50 meter free in USA Swimming’s 15-16 history with a 22.63.
That’s a drop of almost two tenths from his previous best, and moves him from #5 to #2 on USA Swimming’s all-time top ten list:
- Caeleb Dressel – 22.39
- Michael Andrew – 22.63
- Shayne Fleming – 22.72
- James Jones – 22.81
- Nathan Rickard – 23.07
Andrew currently holds the 50 free National Age Group records in both the 13-14s and 11-12s, and there’s no doubt he’s got his sights set on breaking the record in the 15-16 bracket as well. So far, Andrew has only been able to crack the 15-16 NAG record book in the 100 breaststroke, but he did take a big step towards the 200 IM NAG earlier tonight.
A quick splits comparison between Andrew’s time tonight and the NAG record:
- 2015 Michael Andrew: 22.63
- 2013 Caeleb Dressel: 22.39
(That’s a joke, swimming fans.)
Andrew, who turned pro at age 14, has had a pretty nice improvement curve in the long course 50 free as of late. Last summer, he broke 23 for the first time, going 22.82 at Jr. Pan Pacs. The previous year (2013) his best time was just 23.45.
His time tonight won him the title at Columbia Sectionals at the University of Missouri, beating out a number of Mizzou’s sprinters. Andrew has around 10 months to chase down the NAG record held by NCAA champion Caeleb Dressel.