Michael Andrew Reveals Nationals Events, Move To CA on Instagram

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.

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Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

Good decison Tbh lol.

Bon Jovi
3 years ago

how many solo dubs did he have?

Cole
Reply to  Bon Jovi
3 years ago

0 lol

breaststrokeben
Reply to  Bon Jovi
3 years ago

The way they train, he can win Fortnight every time because he’s fresh.

Horninco
3 years ago

The fortnite/gaming addiction is all too real for many teens and adults. I have students that play so compulsively that they will go to the bathroom for what they think is five minutes and we send out a search party after half an hour to find the kid and he’s in a stall playing Fortnight and they have no concept of how much time has passed. So good for Michael Andrew to take that step

Fortnite Coach
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

I’m a 24 year old coach and I thought it was funny cause I’m playing fortnite at this very moment at 12 AM haha.

Philip
3 years ago

I don’t really remember the message boards back in 2014 or whenever when MA went pro, was there an uproar about it? I can understand 99% of students not doing it, but if you’re a rare talent (Dressel, Ledecky, Simone), why not cash in? The verdict is still out on MA if we can include him in that group, but he seems to be doing good so far.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Philip
3 years ago

Here’s the SS article: https://swimswam.com/michael-andrew-turns-pro-youngest-in-us-swimming-history/

I would say there was an uproar. Part of what made it so big is that there are so many aspects to attach to and have an armchair opinion on, like:
-people assuming arrogance on his part for going pro at such a young age, comparing him to phelps
-his unique training methods & environment
-his size, since he was around 6’4″ at 14 and would eventually not have the size advantage
(Tried to make those concise, though each could be separated into 3+ more bullet points)

eagleswim
Reply to  Philip
3 years ago

I remember not being a fan. My biggest issue was that he was home schooled and coached by his dad. That was a big red flag for me, as we’ve seen some instances in other sports of when a parent fully takes over a child’s life, and it usually does not end up well for the child. I worried that the move to go pro was the parents’ decision (14 is very young to make such a big decision), and that they were taking advantage of him. Add to that the fact that in a TV interview his parents brushed off a question about college eligibility, saying they wouldn’t let him swim in college any way because colleges in america… Read more »

tm71
Reply to  Philip
3 years ago

He ain’t going to be MP or lochte or even dressel but he will a great 50 sprinter in all four strokes. I think he will win quite few worlds medals in those events both short and long course. As far as making the Olympic team his best shots are in the 50 free, 100 breast and 100 fly in that order. Unless IOC and FINA decide to add the other 50 strokes. I don’t see him training seriously for the 200 IM and he will have trouble making the 4×1 free relay unless he improves immensely in the 100 free.

R&R
Reply to  tm71
3 years ago

He’s better than Lochte at 19 – Lochte didn’t really come into his own until 19-20. Whether he’ll end up better than Lochte (or, heck, MP… but no, not gunna happen) is still up in the air!

Ervin
Reply to  R&R
3 years ago

Hes better than Lochte in time…but not in success, placing or medals…frankly most elite swimmers now are faster than the stars of that era…not really a good comparison

R&R
Reply to  Ervin
3 years ago

After his freshman year at Florida, Lochte had 3rd, 4th and 8th place NCAA finishes, and no significant lcm swims, and was a year away from making his first major international team. So, I have to disagree. But like I said, Lochte exploded right around 20.

science geek
Reply to  Philip
3 years ago

I think the verdict is in. If you like him or not he’s extremely fast and still improving. Barring injury or an unfortunate act of god Michael Andrew is here to stay.

Sarcastic
3 years ago

Will he be joining Team Elite with Dave Marsh??

Former Illinois Swimming Swimmer/FL swimmer
Reply to  Sarcastic
3 years ago

I would assume no because of his race pace training.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

I’ve just found a video he did in Canet at the Mare Nostrum meet.
Very cool he shares all of that with swim fans. Great video.
I just hope it doesn’t take too much energy from him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apl0r-9h0A8

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Hopefully he still has enough gas for his best event on the last day. Fortunately for him apart from Dressel and Adrian I don’t see someone else to beat him.

Yabo
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Honestly I think he’ll be fine he’s demonstrated before they said was a lot of short swims over a long period of time just said he sometimes struggles with doubles

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Why does Bobo get so many dislikes? I sometimes dislike, but this is pretty sensible.

Admin

We think someone has set up a program that goes through and downvotes all of his comments. Since we don’t track IP address of comment votes, there’s not really an easy way to stop it.

R&R
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

hah, wow. That’s some weird dedication!

Yozhik
Reply to  R&R
3 years ago

ANDY’s dedication has the same level of weirdness. The desire to censor voting activity should the “easy way” is available sounds troubling.

Andy

I make a practice of upvoting his comments on principal to help counter this problem–feel free to join in!

science geek
Reply to  Andy
3 years ago

I upvote him too unless he’s going off the deep end over getting rest (and I’m an old fart who doesn’t participate in things like up & downvotes). Other than the rest subject I feel we’re lucky to have bobo.

Ken Baker
3 years ago

I know they were thinking about making the move to Florida a couple of years ago, and tried selling their home, but couldn’t get it done. Maybe there’s another 10 year old swimmer out there, where they are coached by a parent and the family is looking to move out to the plains.

dmswim
Reply to  Ken Baker
3 years ago

Or a Masters swimmer. I’m sure there are plenty that would love to train at home.

taa
Reply to  dmswim
3 years ago

triathlete is most likely. The guys on the triathlete boards all drool about having their own pool and many are professionals with high income.

Daaaave
Reply to  taa
3 years ago

If I had the means I would definitely build a private pool for all the triathletes to go to

Sportinindc
Reply to  Ken Baker
3 years ago

My own training pool would be a dream come true, but I agree with MA. I would want it to be outside

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