Short course world champ Michael Andrew revealed his busy event lineup for U.S. Nationals on Instagram live yesterday, along with another key piece of news: he and his family are moving to California.
The 19-year-old Andrew is four-time World Junior champ and holds three world junior records: the 50 free, 50 fly and 50 back. He was the 2016 short course world champ in the 100 IM, and will look to qualify for his first Pan Pacs team later this month. The versatile Andrew has a wide range of event options, and laid out his full lineup on Instagram live yesterday as he was answering questions from fans.
Andrew said he would swim the 50 and 100 freestyles, 50 and 100 butterflys, 50 and 100 breaststrokes and the 50 backstroke in Irvine later this month. That lineup doesn’t include the 200 IM, where he was the 7th-fastest American last season. We speculated as much in our 200 IM preview last week, noting that the 200 IM comes on the same day as the 50 free, arguably Andrew’s best shot at a major international team roster spot. Andrew confirmed as much on Instagram, noting that he “really [hasn’t] been training for the 200 IM,” focusing instead on sprints.
That lineup would have Andrew swimming only one event a day for most of the meet, with a notable exception of an event triple on Friday. Andrew would swim the 100 fly, 50 breast and 50 back that day, though he could realistically scratch one or more of those events the day of the meet or even after seeing how prelims go. Andrew did say that lineup could still change.
- Day 1: 100 free
- Day 2: 50 fly
- Day 3: 100 fly, 50 breast, 50 back
- Day 4: 100 breast
- Day 5: 50 free
Andrew also mentioned in his Instagram live that his family is moving to Encinitas, California, just north of San Diego. Andrew has traditionally trained out of a pool in his family’s backyard in Lawrence, Kansas. He said the move was a family decision, noting that the new environment would provide good training opportunities for him and surfing opportunities for his sister. The family will likely move in January, Andrew says.
A few other tidbits from Andrew’s Instagram live:
- Andrew says he plans to do all of the World Cup stops in 2018.
- Asked how many times he practices each week, Andrew said he practices 9-10 times a week in the water.
- Andrew hinted that his family is setting up a website where people can request swim camps in their area, along with specific focuses of the camps.
- On a less swimming-centric note, Andrew said he sold all his gaming equipment, saying that he was addicted to the game Fortnite and it took up too much of his time.
- Andrew said he’s never done cupping therapy and likely wouldn’t in the near future, citing dangers associated with the technique.
- Andrew said he doesn’t regret turning pro and giving up college swimming. “I don’t think I’ve missed anything skipping college,” he said, going on to say that his feelings were only personal preference in his situation and not a blanket statement about college swimming.
- Andrew said he prefers to swim outdoors – part of why he’s excited to move to California.
- Andrew’s father and coach joked that Andrew’s practices only lasted a half-hour, though Andrew said they were closer to two hours in the morning and about an hour in the evening.