Michael Andrew Inches Toward NAGs in 2IM, 50Fr at Columbia Sectionals

Central Section Region VIII Championship Meet hosted by Columbia Swim Club

Day Four – Finals

Michael Andrew of Indie Swimming picked up two more wins on Saturday evening, the final session of Columbia Sectionals. After a prelims swim of 2:03.71 in the 200 IM, his best time in 2015 by a full second, the 16-year-old dropped 2.6 to finish with 2:01.10. That moves Andrew to third on the all-time list for 15-16 boys, behind Andrew Seliskar (1:59.84) and Michael Phelps (2:00.86). With another nine months to go before he ages up, Andrew has plenty of time to erase the remaining 1.3 seconds needed to break the NAG record.

Andrew’s second win came in the 50 free, where he smoked the field by nearly half a second with a 22.63, his best by 2/10. As we noted here, he is now the second-fastest 16-year-old in history in this event, with only Caeleb Dressel’s 22.39 standing in the way of another Michael Andrew NAG record.

The women’s 200 IM got the crowd on its feet to open Day Four. Greater Nebraska teammates Dannie Dilsaver (2:19.12) and Caroline Theil (2:19.16) just out-touched Mizzou teammates Ellen Suek (2:19.26) and Sharlene Brady (2:19.57). It was Dilsaver’s best time by 1.5 seconds and Suek’s by 3.

It’s a shame none of the women in the 50 free final hit the 2016 Trials mark, because everything else about the race was thrilling. Taryn Collura of Club Huskers won the splash-and-dash with 26.27. Just .03 back and tied for second place were Mizzou’s Danielle Barbiea and Greater Nebraska’s Olivia Calegan (26.30). Another .09 behind them were Bailey Grinter of Edwardsville YMCA and Rockwood Swim Club’s Lauren Votava, who tied for fourth with 26.39.

  • Mizzou’s Mackenzie Darragh closed out a strong Columbia Sectionals by picking up another Olympic Trials time with his second-place finish in the 200 IM of 2:04.87. Darragh hadn’t been that fast since 2013. His teammate Daniel Graviss placed third in 2:05.43, his second-fastest swim ever.
  • Mizzou teammates Andrew Sansoucie and Christian Aragona went 2-3 in the 50 free, each going personal bests and earning their first 2016 Olympic Trials bid in the event. Sansoucie’s 23.17 was his best 2015 time by 6/10; his previous lifetime best (23.23) dated back to 2012. Aragona’s previous PB (23.71) was only a few weeks old; he beat it by 4/10 with his third-place 23.29. Aragona had begun the meet with a 23.06 leadoff split in the final of the men’s 100 free, so his new time is an improvement of .65.
  • In the 1500 free, Mizzou’s Kira Zubar dropped nearly 39 seconds to win the women’s race in 17:06.17, while Antonio Thomas of Razorback Aquatics improved his seed time by 37.5 seconds to top the men’s field with 15:58.15.


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Rick Mears

He seems to be hitting his stride now that he’s back home and training regularly again. The extended vacation to South Africa didn’t seem to do much for him.

bobo gigi

On the contrary, I think that his trip to the family’s country must have been very important for him and probably a chance of changing his daily routine and learning new things.

Rick Mears

Based on what? While he was over there swimming he didn’t put down anything close to a best time and for the first few month he was back he appeared to be struggling. I’m sure it was a great time for him personally, but I’m speaking specifically towards his swimming.


There’s more to life than swimming.


Predictions for end of summer:
50 free- 22.31
100 free- 50.05
100 fly- 52.70
100 back- 54.99
100 breast- 1:00.44
200 IM- 1:59.80

bobo gigi

I almost 100% agree.
Agree about free, back, breast and IM.
Perhaps a little bit slower prediction in the fly. 52.99. I say 52.99 because I want to see a 52. 🙂
I see you do like me. In the 100 back you want a 54 so you say 54.99. 🙂

CT Swim Fan

Those seem a little ambitious to me simply because he is never as broken down as his competition is through most of the year and seems to be able to do best times most any time during the year such as in this meet. I don’t know what the training regimen is for him at the end of the season, but I’m thinking he will not drop as much time if any as most others will.

Rick Mears

He won’t break a 53 in the fly, but the others are obtainable.


Great predictions for Andrew . I agree with most of those besides the 50m free , I’m thinking more so 22.4 than 22.3 . I hope he swims the 200 Breast this summer as well to see how fast he can go , defiantly can’t beat Whitley but he can probably come second to him , with a 2:14 low and be the second fastest 15-16 in the events history

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