Michael Andrew makes Orlando Grand Prix his latest NAG stop, breaks own 100 back mark

It just wouldn’t be a Grand Prix event without a Michael Andrew NAG record, now would it?

The 14-year-old bettered his own 100 backstroke mark at finals Friday night, going 57.13 to cut another two tenths off the 13-14 National Age Group record he set at the last Grand Prix stop in Austin, Texas (57.38).

The swim came after a relatively slow start in Orlando for Andrew. He was just off his NAG in the 100 breast, quietly swam into the C final of the 100 fly and scratched out of an intriguing 400 IM matchup with German 14-year-old Johannes Hintze on Thursday night, and was also a ways off his 50 free NAG record earlier Friday night before finally breaking through in the 100 back. That seems vaguely reminiscent of his performance in Austin, where he also took a few events before heating up to break multiple NAGs.

As always with Andrew, the weekend will continue with several more NAG opportunities, including the C final of the 50 later on tonight.

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bobo gigi

He shouldn’t have gone pro.
He peaked too early.
He will never have international success.
He breaks NAG records thanks to his height.

I’ve done the usual comments in your place. No need of repeating them. 😆

More seriously, Michael Andrew still has a few weeks to break 13/14 NAG records.
Next goals.
A sub 23 in the 50 free.
51.83 to beat in the 100 free.
54.80 to beat in the 100 fly.

An interesting 200 IM to watch tomorrow.

Steve Nolan

Hmm, so I’ll have to say something about his…scripture hat? Oofs.


Only props I will give him is that it’s the same passage that stone cold steve austin used… Given the context of of the scripture and it being on his own hat, it’s quite possibly the cockiest thing to ever put on an article of clothing. If he meant it that way, then he’s way more awesome than I thought. If he just meant it religiously, then… Well…


You forgot the one big question:

Is he a (Michael) Phelps or a (Chas) Morton?

Both Phelps and Morton are legends


But of course!

Maria Oliveira

What a legend! Whatever that kid doing/eating/taking, I want. Now.

Maria Oliveira

*whatever that kid is doing/eating/taking


He’s doing: USRPT, homeschooling, training with his dad as his coach in his customized back yard pool, going pro to offset the expense, traveling widely with his family to race frequently against swimmers who are older/better than him, and a scripture-based lifestyle. You up for all that?? 😉


I think the following are crucial, in no particular order

– A ton of hard work and dedication.
– Great coaching
– Talent
– USRPT (http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/bullets/45e%20UNDERSTANDING.pdf)
– Nutrition (P2Life – http://www.P2Life.info)
– Sleep
– Supportive parents.
– A ton of hard work and dedication.

Maria Oliveira

Thanks Michael and Liquidassets. I’ll check out the USRPT and P2Life.

LiquidAssets, I live in the city so I’ll have to make plan about the pool.

He really makes all the hard work look worth it, it looks like he’s loving it.


It does help to having a pool in your backyard when you live in a rural area on acreage. Should you build one in the city, the pool is two lanes and approximately 27.5 meters.


I think you have these out of order, Talent EASILY #1…I watched his technique tonight, NOT so great at all, peaking out is in his near future…


You know who had the worst technique I’ve ever seen? A 10 year old Phelps. He was very fast even then, but it was painful to watch. I think the current youngster will be fine, if everything stays copacetic outside the pool.


Looking forward his sub 20″ 50 Free at Sectionals at Jenks. A very fast pool.


He may get the sub 20 50 Free mark at the MVS Short Course Championships the weekend before sectionals.

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