After already establishing himself as a formidable athlete in the pool, 16-year old phenom Michael Andrew is also continuing to make breakthroughs on land as well.
Andrew was the youngest swimmer in history to turn professional, doing so back in June 2013 at the age of just 14. Andrew had signed with P2 Life, a high-performance nutrition supplement manufacturer, therefore, giving up his high school and NCAA eligibility.
Throughout his young swimming career, Andrew has already broken an astounding 76 National Age Group Records and still holds a total of 19, 11 of those short-course yards and 8 in long-course meters. Andrew’s most recent record came this past January at the Pro Swim Series in Austin, where Andrew clocked an incredible 1:01.67 in the 100 meters breaststroke to kick-off 2015.
That performance certainly set the stage for perhaps Andrew’s most notable 2015 event yet, the announcement that the young star has signed a multi-year partnership with Adidas Swim. Andrew will join such mega-stars as USA’s Allison Schmitt and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo in representing the competitive swim brand. Of the partnership, Andrew states that he looks forward to “swimming in [the brand’s] legendary three stripes.” If the past is any indication, Andrew seems primed to wear those stripes en route to becoming a legend himself.
See the Adidas Swim press release below: Michael Andrew joins Adidas Swim
adidas Swim announces a multi-year partnership with the 16 year old next generation swimmer, Michael Andrew.
Michael is currently the most successful national age group swimmer in the United States and the youngest male swimmer ever in the history of US swimming to turn pro. Andrew already set 76 age group records, among them the 50m long course freestyle making him the fastest 13-14 year old in American history. In 2015 Michael will compete in several national and international competitions, among them the US nationals.
Michael Andrew: “I’m super excited to sign with adidas. The brand has a strong history in swim and sports technology and I look forward to joining the group of adidas athletes and swimming in the legendary three stripes.”
Christine Barth-Darkow, Category Director Swim for adidas Global commented:”Michael’s drive, talent and personality fit perfectly with adidas’ ambition to empower young swimmers around the world. We look forward to supporting Michael on his journey to leave his mark on the global stage – for many years to come.”
Andrew joins a global group of adidas swimmers including Cesar Cielo, Allison Schmitt, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Coralie Balmy.