Michael Andrew Scratches 100 Fly For Day 6 Prelims of U.S. Trials

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Fourth-seeded Michael Andrew will not swim the 100 fly on Friday morning, instead gearing up for the evening’s 200 IM final and his shot at a second Olympic event.

That’s a bit of a departure from his early Olympic Trials strategy. The 22-year-old Andrew took on a challenging 100 breast/100 back double early in the meet, despite many expecting him to scratch the back and focus in on the breast. Andrew still made the Olympic team with a 100 breast win, though the final wound up closer than either the heats or semifinals were.

Andrew also led heats and semifinals of the 200 IM on Thursday. He would have been a top candidate to make the Olympic team in the 100 fly, given his American record 100 breast and career-bests in the 200 IM. But the 100 fly/200 IM double Friday night would have been even tougher than his 100 breast/100 back double, and Andrew has scratched out of heats of the fly, using the morning to rest up for his 200 IM final at night.

Two other top-10 seeds scratched events for Friday morning. Alex Walsh is out of the 200 back – she qualified for her first Olympic team via a 200 IM win on Wednesday. Ashley Twichell is out of the 800 free – she’s already earned an Olympic berth in the open water 10K and was 5th in Wednesday’s 1500 free.

All scratches from the top 40 seeds:

Women’s 800 free

  • #7 Ashley Twichell
  • #11 Emma Weyant
  • #23 Claire Tuggle
  • #27 Kendall Dawson
  • #39 Kristen Cornish

Men’s 100 fly

Women’s 200 Back

  • #7 Alex Walsh
  • #12 Claire Curzan
  • #21 Amy Bilquist

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AJThomas
1 month ago

Seli is even money to get the spot now?

HJones
Reply to  AJThomas
1 month ago

I mean, who else in the top 20 seeds in the fly besides Seliskar and Dressel have been near their top form thus far? I mean, maybe Murphy and Coleman Stewart could dip into the 51-range but probably not do enough to challenge for the second spot.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  AJThomas
1 month ago

He’s been disappointing this meet. Unfortunately. Maybe the fly is what he’s been pointing for.

anonymous
Reply to  AJThomas
1 month ago

Uhmm uhmm

Shields

TJSWIMMER
1 month ago

Good call

ben
1 month ago

he must have read my comment on his 100 back

Comet
Reply to  ben
1 month ago

Or mine that stated that each extra unnecessary race will add 1/2 sec to his last 50 in the IM final. He has a chance to do something special in that IM final: if he can close with 29 or less he will very close to a legendary WR.

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  Comet
1 month ago

I don’t want Michael Andrew getting that world record. That should be Lochte’s world record forever.

BillyBob
Reply to  Comet
1 month ago

Yes, so without the 3 extra backstroke races he would be 1:53.5. Without the breast he’d be 1:52.0. Makes tons of sense…

JP input is too short
Reply to  Comet
1 month ago

I mean, I’m pretty sure as one of the favorites in the race, it wouldn’t have been an “unnecessary” swim.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ben
1 month ago

I’m sure the Andrew family brain trust read yours, ben, and thought, “holy sh*t, he’s right!”.

Drake
1 month ago

Hes going for that 1:54 PLEASE DELIVER MA I BEG

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

Nah we want Lochte to keep that world record.

Margalis Stan
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Looks like someone woke up today feeling cranky. Go back under your bridge, troll.

LBSWIM
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Who’s “we”, aside from just you?

Reid
1 month ago

I mean I get it, but after that 23.9…

Anonymoose
Reply to  Reid
1 month ago

True. I wish there was one more day for the 100 fly after 200im has concluded

Akos
Reply to  Reid
1 month ago

I really wanted to see what he could do in the 100FL actually. His 50.8 really surprised me, and with the times he has been putting up, I thought he had a chance to break 50. But as you said, he is more proven in the IM and it does makes sense to focus there

MA 100 breaststroke gold medal
1 month ago

Thank goodness!

HJones
1 month ago

Makes sense, but I was pretty curious to see what he could drop down to given the week he’s had and how smooth his fly looked today (his most technically sound stroke IMO). Probably would’ve hit somewhere between 50.3-50.5 to easily get second, which would’ve helped the need for “doubles” on the men’s side but also might’ve put the coaches in a bind for fly leg in the medley relay prelims.

Xman
1 month ago

He split a 28.12 on the 2nd 50 of his 100 Back the other day. Watch out for a 51 second first 100 tomorrow!

anonymous
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Ha ha I will fall off my chair if he has a 51 split

Last edited 1 month ago by anonymous
Xman
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Oh dude you can’t sit down for a race like that

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