Michael Andrew Shatters 100 BR American Record with Prelims 58.19, #3 in World

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

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    • Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
      • Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021

We didn’t even make it out of the first prelims session before seeing an American Record fall at these Olympic Trials. Michael Andrew, who was just off the American Record mark of 58.64 in May, roared to a massive new best time, touching in 58.19 to take the top seed for tonight’s semifinals.

Andrew took nearly a full half-second off his previous best with the time, and shattered the previous American Record of 58.64 by 0.45 seconds. The swim not only makes Andrew the fastest American of all-time, it makes him the #3 performer in the world all-time.

Here is the newly updated top 5 performers of all-time:

Rank Swimmer Time Country
1 Adam Peaty 56.88 GBR
2 Arno Kamminga 57.90 NED
3 Michael Andrew 58.19 USA
4 Ilya Shymanovich 58.29 BLR
5 Nicolo Martinenghi 58.37 ITA

Andrew’s swim also makes him the #3 performer in the world this year, behind Peaty and Kamminga.

2020-2021 Men’s 100 BREAST LCM

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Breast

AdamGBR
Peaty
04/14
57.39
2Arno
Kamminga
NED57.8007/24
3Michael
Andrew
USA58.1406/13
4Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.2807/24
5Ilya
Shymanovich
BLR58.4605/17
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Notably, Andrew Wilson, who took 2nd this morning in 58.80, is now the #8 performer in the world.The previous American Record was held by Kevin Cordes from the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. Here is a split comparison between Andrew this morning and Cordes’ 58.64 AR from 2017:

Split Michael Andrew, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials – Prelims Kevin Cordes, 2017 World Championships
50m 27.05 27.41
100m 31.14 31.23
Final Time 58.19 58.64

As you can see, Andrew was significantly faster on the first 50 than Cordes was, and he came back a touch faster as well. Andrew also nearly took the race out in a 50m breaststroke personal best. His 27.05 split is just off his fastest 50 ever, which stands at 26.84 from 2019 Summer Nationals.If his efforts in May weren’t enough for some, Andrew has now established himself as the clear favorite for tomorrow’s final. We need to keep in mind that Andrew will still have two more cracks at this race at this meet.

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He’s a back half swimmer
1 month ago

That 400 medley relay looking STRONG

Last edited 1 month ago by He’s a back half swimmer
Samuel Huntington
Reply to  He’s a back half swimmer
1 month ago

Is Murph a question mark now after watching Cal today?

Swammerstein
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

Hes been a question mark since post-Rio, but i think he will be good enough for the relay even if hes *only* 52.low

pvdh
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

when this happens with collegiate swimmers its because the coaches focused on the stars with the best shot of making the team and not the entire squad

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  He’s a back half swimmer
1 month ago

That world record is going down.
At best: 3:25.5 Smash the World Record
Murphy 52
Andrew 57.5
Dressel 49
Held 47

More conservatively: 3:27 Narrowly break the world record
Murphy 52.5
Andrew 58
Dressel 49.5
Held 47

Prettykitten
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

GB and Russia are still in the mix though. Its going to be a great race!

anonymous
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Held has some monstrous relay splits in the past
Wouldn’t be surprised to see a 46 split
Also MA on a relay start is a question mark don’t think he would improve too much from it
But him going 57 high will be more than enough for dressel and held

elyk
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

I think Zach Apple has also been 46 high off of a relay start before

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  elyk
1 month ago

Zach apple split a 46.8 on the 400 free relay 2 years ago

Khabib
1 month ago

Still not fast enough to handle the netherlands 4 medley… Im sure Kamminga will show em

Clocks
Reply to  Khabib
1 month ago

Dumb statement ?

Drake
Reply to  Khabib
1 month ago

Dressel is clear of any netherlands swimmer in history

Rafael
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

PVDH on 200 would disagree.

Tommy Schmitt
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Give PVDH some creatine and a bit of time to train underwaters; he would have gone 46.5 lol

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Khabib
1 month ago

That is a nice trolling joke

Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

Sub 58 to medal in Tokyo , unebelievable

John
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

I just got chills

Col. Trautman
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

Not unbelievable if you’ve been following Michael Andrew and believe in his training.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Col. Trautman
1 month ago

I’m talking about the progression of breastroke since 2012 , so many guys under the 58.5

Steven Stiftler
Reply to  Col. Trautman
1 month ago

Someone is a little sensitive here. Didn’t he just take a threshold detour to help him finish his races better?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

the level has been increasing substantially for the past 2,3 years …..

William Wallace
1 month ago

Taper god

Billy Mays
Reply to  William Wallace
1 month ago

Ill come back to this comment after lochte to see if this still valid😤

USA
1 month ago

Cody at 1:00 ouch

John25
Reply to  USA
1 month ago

Yeah I was bummed at this. Maybe he just had a bad prelims? I hope

Sapnu puas
1 month ago

Good lord. Also probs puts USA odds on to win medley relay now I guess?!

(Also do you put Andrew in mixed medley instead of king???)

Rafael
Reply to  Sapnu puas
1 month ago

Leading off with a women is not so good on mixed medley and no way you would Take dressel out

ZanBai
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Yeah, but GBR and Australia will also put women first.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  ZanBai
1 month ago

larkins still the best one to leadoff australia tbh, as mckeon is the best flyer relatively in australia, and chalmers would have to make up a huge deficit if he anchored. just because mckeown holds the wr, that doesnt necessarily mean she should lead off this relay. look what happened at pan pacs

Troyy
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

It depends what Temple does in the 100 fly but it makes no sense to put a male on anchor in the mixed medley. So the combinations that might make sense are:

McKeon Stubblety-Cook McKeon Campbell
Larkin StubbletyCook Temple Campbell

Reminder that Larkin hasn’t been sub 53 on a relay lead off since 2015.

Rafael
Reply to  ZanBai
1 month ago

You forgot the wr holders China…

Swammer
Reply to  Sapnu puas
1 month ago

That would have to be a game time decision but I could see a lineup of Smith, Andrew, Dressel and Manuel being very hard to beat

Swammerstein
1 month ago

Exactly what the USA needed, I was worried he wouldnt beat the 58.6s hes gone recently but he proved me wrong!

Observer
1 month ago

Cody Miller: “Let’s be honest I’m not going to get 8th place”

Reply to  Observer
1 month ago

While him saying this made me laugh out loud (I loved it) and I recognize the irony of the statement given the current circumstances, I think chances are very high Cody makes the final and does NOT get 8th. He looked pretty comfy coming home in 32.0

Reese’s Personal Best Cups
Reply to  Observer
1 month ago

“The best training of my life”

MX4x50relay
Reply to  Reese’s Personal Best Cups
1 month ago

You know some of these experienced swimmers probably know what they need to do in prelims to move on

anonymous
Reply to  Reese’s Personal Best Cups
1 month ago

Let’s just hold the trolling train for now
Won’t be surprised if he pops a 59 flat semi and 58.7 final swim
Afterall it’s only prelims

John25
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

What’s with all the Cody hate? I don’t get why people getting downvoted for saying they hope he has a better swim in semis.

Wowo
Reply to  Observer
1 month ago

Let’s hope MA doesn’t spin his wheels and get slower from here… it’s all about conserving energy and using just enough to make it. The vets know this.