Michael Andrew Lowers Hours-Old 50 Fly American Record


National team member Michael Andrew lowered his hours-old American Record in the men’s 50m butterfly while competing on day 3 of the 2018 FINA World Cup in Singapore.

This morning in prelims, the 19-year-old racer put up a time of 22.37, the fastest U.S. performance in history, to capture a new national record, as well as the top seed. The mark 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.

Tonight, however, the Race Pace Club athlete busted out an even quicker 22.32 to take silver in the 50m fly final behind Russia’s Vlad Morozov. In doing so, MA shaved .05 off of that morning American Record and now his performance now positions the star as the 14th fastest performer of all time.

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Vlad just owns MA


Yes, for now. But remember, Vlad is the 26-year-old veteran. Vlad is a beast, but MA will be up there in the upcoming years.


MA is also taller and has a harder time on open turns than the shorter Morozov


Vlad is the perfect rabbit for MA. This is going to help him get a lot faster. Basically his first USRT training partner

Paul Hayes

Competing against someone better than you is one of the best ways to learn and improve. If I were in MAs shoes I’d race Vlad as much as possible and talk to him about racing and sprint training and be working as hard as possible to beat him. Also it’s not like silver medals don’t get paid here


I heard that all second place gets you is some steak knives.

Steve Nolan

wake me up when he wins one a races.

if ur not first ur not good and clearly MA is just not good yet.


In before this goes over everyone’s head


While this is the World Cup, I am unsure about the stakes of these meets. Does it really matter if you win here or in World champs when it really counts?

Steve is being a little tongue-in-cheek. But, to answer your question as asked, for pro swimmers, winning anywhere is important for sponsors, which is the life-blood of most pro athletes. There’s also a ton of money on the line. There’s big cluster bonuses ($50,000 for 1st in a cluster down to $3,000 for 8th in a cluster), and winning a race vs. 2nd place is a $500 upgrade. Over many events and many meets, that becomes a significant amount of money.


Efimova could lose 38,5 K (1+12,5+25) in some hundreds of a second.

Steve Nolan

I was going to stop b/c I didn’t think people would actually post that kinda thing anymore, but clearly I was wrong.


You are wrong now.


You’re right, it was 61K altogether.


Dressel, MA, and Vlad doing the circuit together would be so fun to watch. Wonder If It’ll happen


Doubt Dressel will ever do a full World Cup while training at Florida. My guess is they prefer their swimmers at home grinding until taper time instead.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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