Michael Andrew Shares Advice Ray Looze Gave Him for 200 IM Final


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • US Open Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.56 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Hubert Kos (HUN) – 1:56.99 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.66
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps – 1:55.91
  • Wave I Cut: 2:04.09
  • Wave II Cut: 2:03.02
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.67
  1. Michael Andrew (RPC), 1:55.44
  2. Chase Kalisz (ABSC), 1:56.97
  3. Kieran Smith (FLOR), 1:57.23

Michael Andrew delivered almost the exact same swim we saw from him last night, except this time it was done with the pressure on.

Andrew blitzed the field on the first 50, out in 23.77, and had subsequent splits of 29.29 and 32.29 on back and breast, putting him five one-hundredths shy of his 150 pace compared to last night.

The 22-year-old was way ahead of the field at that point, more than two and a half seconds, and despite laboring over the final few strokes, he won by over a second and a half in 1:55.44, just off his PB of 1:55.26 from last night.

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1 month ago

“Whatever you do Michael, don’t let the swimming get in the way of your vlogging”.

1 month ago

What an all-round great guy. There’s just no other way to put it

1 month ago

A wild Guerra appears!

1 month ago

Advice 1: Do not looze

1 month ago

The GOAT Coach and new ASCA Hall of Fame Coach, Ray Looze, is truly an inspiration to us all. If you listen to his teachings you will have peace, tranquility and an outlook on life that will prepare you for greatness beyond your wildest dreams! Coach Looze’s infinite wisdom is available to anybody and everybody that seeks it!

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Honest Observer
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

I’m starting to think that you’re actually a Looze-hater, given that extreme overpraise is really just mockery. You’ve certainly stirred up more anti-Looze sentiment than anyone else.

Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Plot twist: Guerra is Ray Looze himself

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

guerra you’re my hero

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Infinite wisdom: “three quadrants.”

Deep End
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

You all missed the point on that. The 4th quadrant is the water being pushed by the legs BEHIND the swimmer. Arguably the most important quadrant.

Why else do you think Looze is giving them 6×800 breast kick w a board every other day?

Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Looze clearly knows how to get the athletes he trains in great shape in preparation for trials. #teamguerra.

1 month ago

What a great person! His coach (should not matter that it’s also his dad) should definitely be named to the coaching staff!! That family is consistently among the nicest and humblest families I’ve come across in this sport. Despite the difference in event preference (see my SS name), I’ve followed him since he was 13 and I wish him nothing but the best as I know he will give his all for Team USA!

Reply to  OWCoach
1 month ago

Amen! The Dad should definitely be put on the staff. They are nice and gracious people and they did it their way and didn’t listen to the haters. Let’s give give Michael’s Dad a Happy Fathers Day!

Billy Mays
1 month ago

Im here for the comments

1 month ago

I think he already has the ability to reach the 1’54s range if he controls race pace well.

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