Michael Phelps and Coach Bob Bowman received questions about Michael Andrew and USRPT. Both were gracious responding about the rising star and the training method that has delivered him over 60 National Age Group Records. Phelps was happy for Andrew’s success, but said he wanted to see him swim more, especially meters races. Bowman offered that USRPT was one part of how he and many other elite coaches train their swimmers…but “only” one part. Bowman added that he would be keeping an eye on Andrew’s development as well and wished him continued success.
Michael Andrew, typically covered by the swim media (with a few national outlets picking up his story as a human-interest piece), received questions about his success and USRPT (Ultra Short Race Pace Training) from everyone at the 2014 Arena Grand at Mesa. Andrew is clearly riding the Phelps wave in Mesa. Many national and international outlets learned about him at this competition. In sum, the Phelps Effect works for everyone, especially Michael Andrew. Both swimmers appeared to enjoy meeting each other in Mesa.
Andrew’s looking forward to his next USA Swimming Grand Prix competition in Charlotte, but said — off camera — that he’d be taking a break from training after a long run at the 13-14 NAG records. (Andrew recently turned 15.) Andrew is hoping for fast 50 swims in Charlotte.