Michael Andrew Moves Through Mare Nostrum with Worlds on His Mind

2022 MARE NOSTRUM SERIES – CANET

Reported by Riley Overend.

MEN’S 50 BREAST – FINAL

  • GOLD – Joao Gomes Junior (BRA), 27.10
  • SILVER – Michael Andrew (USA), 27.20
  • BRONZE – Felipe Franca Silva (BRA), 27.70

After being edged by Andrew for the gold medal in Barcelona, Brazil’s Joao Gomes Junior returned the favor with a first-place finish in Canet. Andrew’s 27.20 was a tenth of a second behind Gomes Junior, slightly slower than his 27.06 that won gold in Barcelona. Brazil put two on the podium with Felipe Franca Silva taking bronze in 27.70, just ahead of Germany’s Lucas Matzerath.

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Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
2 months ago

Why is his dad not allowed on deck?

anonymous
Reply to  Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
2 months ago

Are they not allowing other coaches to be at training camp? For example is Ray Looze going to be there for Lily and Annie or not?

Yvonne Mollusk
2 months ago

After watching the above MA video, how one not be an MA fan? He’s thoughtful and articulate.

Donkey Kong & Chlorine Diddy
Reply to  Yvonne Mollusk
2 months ago

He thinks vaccines are tested on foetuses, for one.

Yvonne Mollusk
Reply to  Donkey Kong & Chlorine Diddy
2 months ago

@Donkey About everyone I know has an oddball idea or two. I don’t know you, but I’ll bet you’ve got a quirky belief stowed away somewhere in your cranium — and that’s just fine!

Returning to swimming. MA seems highly-reflective and mentally disciplined. Do I wish he could solve his last 50 free issue on his 200 IM? Yes, absolutely! On the other hand, he was the only American not named Ledecky or Dressel to final in 3 individual events at the Tokyo Olympics. He’s a fun story to follow, and I enjoy his interviews (and the SwimSwam editors know this).

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yvonne Mollusk
2 months ago

There’s a difference between an “oddball idea” and an anti-vaxxer whose excuse has been he doesn’t want to put anything “untested” into his body when he’ll put literally anything else Chipotle or one of his sponsors (from U-can to the various keto stuff) gives him into his body. That’s being a hypocritical anti-vaxxer, doubly dangerous.

swimfast
Reply to  Yvonne Mollusk
2 months ago

That’s the thing though. You asked how anybody could not be a fan of MA and this is the truthful response that a lot of swim fans have. And though I agree with the premise that “everyone has an oddball idea or two”, I think it’s purposefully dismissive to try to frame being anti-vax as a harmless/quirky idea as if it was something like pineapples on pizza. The spread of misinformation has been a serious problem and sensitive subject in America for the past few years so it’s not surprising that many people would have a bone to pick with the Andrews regardless of how well MA is swimming.

Col. Trautman
2 months ago

‘Team USA will join us’ (at 2:15)…I see what he’s trying to say but it comes off as very pompous. Team USA is joining you? Just, no.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Col. Trautman
2 months ago

… Well they will be joining him as he will already be in Europe.

anonymous
Reply to  Col. Trautman
2 months ago

MA has never been pompous in his interviews. He is just talking.

#MFan
Reply to  Col. Trautman
2 months ago

Col. Trautman… that’s called Transference

anonymous
2 months ago

The thumb is on the scale for CD and Nic Finke.

Swim Fanatic
2 months ago

He needs to drop that 100 fly and focus on the 50 free.

It’s wide open in the 50 free after Caeleb Remel.
However, in the 100 fly, he’s gonna be fighting 5 other guys for the bronze.

(100 fly semi is 30 min before the 50 free semi and he might miss the 50 free final, where he can win silver easily).

anonymous
Reply to  Swim Fanatic
2 months ago

He likes the 100 fly so it is reasonable to give it a try on the World class level.

Xman
Reply to  anonymous
2 months ago

We also don’t know why his sponsors payplan is. He may be paid more for the quantity of finals he appears in. If he was incentivized better for a WR/win he would be better off focusing on 200IM and drop anything it conflicts with.

Some of his swim camps promote him as versatile Olympian.

Hank
Reply to  Swim Fanatic
2 months ago

I’d expect him to swim 100fly prelims and see where his form and rest is at and then make the call on the double.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swim Fanatic
2 months ago

Chances are the 100 fly will drop him in the last 15 meters.

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