Michael Andrew Set For History With Entries In Breaststroke and Freestyle

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Michael Andrew is now the first-ever U.S. Olympian to qualify for the Olympics in both breaststroke and non-individual medley events, according to SwimSwam data guru Barry Revzin.

Andrew placed 2nd in the 50 free final Sunday night with a time of  21.48, just behind Caeleb Dressel who tied the American Record. Andrew bumped five-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian to 3rd place:

50 Free Final Results (Top 3)

  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 21.04 =AR
  2. Michael Andrew (RPC), 21.48
  3. Nathan Adrian (CAL), 21.73

Andrew has already qualified for the 2021 U.S. Olympic team in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. He won both finals races, the first on Monday and the second on Friday.

It’s important to note that Team USA’s Jessica Hardy qualified for the Olympics in the 50 free and 100 breast in 2008, before she was removed from the U.S. Olympic team after she tested positive for the prohibited substance clenbuterol.

This feat is not unheard of internationally, though. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia started off her Olympic career in 2008 with breaststroke and IM events, but she has transitioned into a mid-distance freestyle. In 2012, her three specialties overlapped, similar to how Andrew’s specialties are overlapping this year.

Non-IM events include strokes. For example, Australia’s Judith Hudson and Linda McGill have qualified in breaststroke, IM, and butterfly events.

Most often, however, the non-IM events that breaststrokers qualify in seem to be freestyle events. This was the case for Bulgaria’s Mihail Alexandrov, Canada’s Allison Higson, Netherlands’ Marcel Wouda, Iceland’s Anton Sveinn McKee, Lithuania’s  Rūta Meilutytė, and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson.

Notable Swimmers Who Have Qualified in Breaststroke and Non-IM Events

*note that this is not a complete list of every swimmer who has done this feat

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PVSFree
5 months ago

He probably could’ve qualified in the 100 fly too with his time of 50.8 from the PSS. Would’ve made it even more insane.

Cobait
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

Maybe he should swim the fly on the medley relay…then Dressel could anchor…would be insane speed.

SBOmega
Reply to  Cobait
5 months ago

Yes… let’s not use him on the breaststroke leg where he is the all time fastest American and instead use him on the fly over WR holder Dressel….

Cobait
Reply to  SBOmega
5 months ago

it just might make the relay faster

Cobait
Reply to  Cobait
5 months ago

cuz it’s gonna be VERY tight

dresselgoat
Reply to  Cobait
5 months ago

I don’t think so

Landen
Reply to  SBOmega
5 months ago

Fink is pretty damn fast

manoj
Reply to  Cobait
5 months ago

lets guess CD 49.1 fly split and 46.6 free spilt andrew have alsmost one second. slower but apple have about 47 . CD is suitable only for fly

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Cobait
5 months ago

This is actually a very cool idea. Probably impossible, but a cool idea.

Cobait
Reply to  NoFlyKick
5 months ago

I’m sure the coaches will crunch the numbers a few weeks from now

Bub
Reply to  Cobait
5 months ago

Let’s see

Murphy 51.9
Andrew 58.1
Dressel: 49.0
Apple: 47.1
3:26.1

Murphy 51.9
Wilson/Fink: 58.4
Andrew 50.2? Maybe faster or slower idk
Dressel 46.6
3:27.1

I’d stick with Dressel on fly

Cobait
Reply to  Bub
5 months ago

ok, good crunching there!

Pvdh
Reply to  Bub
5 months ago

And the Zap could probably rip a 46 mid high as well.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Bub
5 months ago

Get this man a coaching job on the US team.

AnEn
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

I think he also has the standard in the 100 back? Not sure how many athletes have the standard in 3 100s. I think Curzan does, which makes me believe that she could become very good (to say the least) in the 200 IM (if she can improve her endurance a bit). MacNeil might also get there. Sjöstrom (healthy) and Hosszu at her peak probably also could have done it. It is more difficult to achieve on the men’s side, so Andrew doing it is probably more impressive.

Walter
5 months ago

Not the Olympics but Kathy Treible finaled in 100 breast in 1978 worlds and 100 free in 1982 worlds.

WhoGoesHere
Reply to  Walter
5 months ago

Not Olympics either. Caulkins finaled at 78 worlds 200 fly (1)100 breast (2), lead off 400 FR(1); 82 worlds 200 back(6). Back when WCs were every four years. Every two years is excessive.

Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

Speaking for all non sprint freestylers ever…no one feels bad for Ryan Held

BillyBob
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

I do

Jojorab
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

he should have race faster when it mattered.. hopefully he wasn’t sick

He said what?
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

Why?

Pvdh
Reply to  He said what?
5 months ago

I’m guessing it has something to do with sprint free featuring so heavily in the program that 6 swimmers can qualify for it whereas that’s not the case for mid and long distance.

Coach Steve
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

😐

boknows34
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

It’s the male “Karen”

Jimmy
Reply to  boknows34
5 months ago

Make Karen = Kevin

Jamie5678
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
5 months ago

Melanie Margalis is ranked 4 in the world at the 400IM on the basis of her 3rd place swim this week in the final at Omaha where she finished less than half a second behind the winner Weyant who is now ranked second in the world.

The number one ranked swimmer – McKeown – isn’t swimming either meaning Margalis will be watching from home on TV despite having a realistic shot at gold having actually performed at trials.

It’s sad for Held but there’s people that are far more unlucky than he is.

Grant Drukker
5 months ago

Wait Anton McKee was a 1500M and 400Imer?

fly fly
Reply to  Grant Drukker
5 months ago

delete

Last edited 5 months ago by fly fly
JHS
5 months ago

Jessica Hardy qualified for the US Olympic Team in 2008 in the 100 breast, but did not actually swim after she tested positive for a banned substance. She went on to win the 50 free and 100 free at trials in 2012, and swam at the Olympic in London. So technically, Andrew is not the first, but assuming he competes at the Olympics he’ll be the first from the US to actually compete in breast and non-IM events. 🙂

Xman
Reply to  JHS
5 months ago

And this year someone will not actually swim after testing positive for Covid
[braces for incoming downvotes}

Mr Piano
Reply to  JHS
5 months ago

Yea he is the first, because as you said, Hardy tested positive lol

Xman
5 months ago

When do coaches get named?

I hope we get Nesty Troy and yes Peter Andrew 🎉

Also do the women’s coaches and mens coaches cross coach?

Admin
Reply to  Xman
5 months ago

We’ve been told today.

We have to assume Bauerle gets on the team, with 4 athletes on the roster. That means that Nesty, Troy, and Peter Andrew can’t all go. My guess is that Nesty gets left off.

swimswamswum
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

Didn’t Bauerle get Litherland, Kallisz, Smoliga, Hinds, Fink, and Wilson?

PVSFree
Reply to  swimswamswum
5 months ago

I think Braden meant specifically 4 male athletes on the team

wow
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

This makes the most sense to me

Men

  • Bauerle
  • Troy
  • Looze (Pieroni, Apple, Brinegar – they may opt to add him to the men staff, could be wrong)

Women

  • Aiken
  • Desorbo
  • McKeever or Bowman
Last edited 5 months ago by wow
DDias
Reply to  Xman
5 months ago

USA coaching staff for Tokyo(from Andy Ross Twitter):
Gregg Troy Anthony Nesty Ray Looze Teri McKeever Todd DeSorbo Jack Bauerle Peter Andrew Bob Bowman Catherine Kase

Distance Per Stroke
5 months ago

Time to see some “I’m proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming career at MA Swim Academy.”

BillyBob
Reply to  Distance Per Stroke
5 months ago

There are 100% some elite swimmers in this country who would have been better off training under Peter Andrew than their current coaches.

BillyBob
5 months ago

10 years from now he might be widely regarded as the most versatile swimmer of all time

Hswimmer
Reply to  BillyBob
5 months ago

Naw

BillyBob
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

Might be

BillyBob
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

He could definitely get to 49 100 fly, 1:53 200 IM, 57 mid 100 breast, 52 mid 100 back, 21 low 50. If he has all of those times over the next 7 years we might have to call him the GOAT!

Anthony Preda
Reply to  BillyBob
5 months ago

I hope Peter sees this comment, shows it to Michael, and he puts it in his locker for motivation.

Anonymous
Reply to  Anthony Preda
5 months ago

He might have already for all we know

Mr Piano
Reply to  BillyBob
5 months ago

Michael Phelps? Lmao

100 free: 47.51

100 fly 49.82

100 back 53.01

200 free: 1:42.96

200 fly 1:51.51

200 back. 1:54.65

200 breast 2:11.3

400 IM 4:03.84

200 IM 1:54.16

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

His 47.51 would have broken the WR in the 100 free if Sullivan wasn’t also in that race.

Almost took the 100 back WR away from the legend Peirsol back in the day.

I think you missed a 400 free time on there? I thought he was pretty good at that distance as well.

He also holds/held several NAG records in distance events too?

He could just do it all.

We’ll probably never see a swimmer like him again, especially with the likes of Dressel and MA glorifying the sprints.

BillyBob
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

I’m not saying it’s definitely going to happen but in 7 years MA could be faster than MP in every 100 and the 200 IM. Add in the world class 50 free and it’s very interesting.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  BillyBob
5 months ago

28 Olympic medals too?

Jennifer
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 months ago

medals tell you who is the fastest on a given day. a faster time is a faster time – period.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

plus let’s not leave out 28 Olympic medals in a career spanning 5 OG’s too – no one else even close

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  BillyBob
5 months ago

Tracy Caulkins?