Michael Andrew Signs Multi-Year Partnership with Adidas Swim

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.

Michael Andrew, Adidas_Swimming_Twitter_Cover (courtesy of Adidas)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.

Michael Andrews - Adidas HQ (courtesy of Team Andrew)

Michael Andrews – Adidas HQ (courtesy of Team Andrew)

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.

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Michael Andrew, Adidas_Swimming_Twitter_Cover (courtesy of Adidas)

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WiscoSwim

let the comment games begin…

bobo gigi

Do you think that article can beat a record of comments? 😆
Usually anything about Michael Andrew is very commented…. 😆

Steve-O Nolan

Hm. I think I like this? Seems smart from both sides of the deal. I’m assuming this is a low-cost, potentially high-reward move for adidas. For Andrew, seems like he wouldn’t get lost in a stable of a million athletes if he signed with a bigger swim company.

James

Not to take away from Michael, because he is an amazing 16 year old swimmer, but this is really telling of a fundamental issue within the entire amateur/NCAA system. You have a very fast age grouper getting money, but some true elite level swimmers forced to forego those opportunities because of these rules.

Once again, I’m not just trying to rain on someone’s parade here. But money in swimming is hard to come by for all but a very select few.

gooby

It’s hard to feel bad for athletes that don’t make enough money in swimming though. They know how little there is and exactly what they sign up for when trying to become a professional.

G3

A swimmer does not get money based just on how fast they are. Companies invest in a person to get a return. A buisness is not a charity!

BaldingEagle

We all know that the top NCAA D-I (and some D-II and D-III) swimmers are elite-level, and can rank among the world’s best. It’s a shame that they can’t put up times that would show how well they rank in the world after their major championships. If NCAA swimmers had a world ranking, maybe that would show the importance of paying them while they are in college. Same with our USA winter meets. What I’m saying is that it’s time to go to SCM September-March, for all top-level meets, USA and collegiate. (This is not an endorsement for presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee!) Imagine taking times from “the world’s fastest meet,” the NCAA championships, and put them up against the world,… Read more »

M Palota

I’m with you on the whole SCY thing… Aside from the fact that it makes comparisons really, really difficult, I’m starting to think it might be hurting the Americans.

As to Michael Andrews, who knows… He sure looks good now but that’s relative to his peers. He’s still not as fast as Kyle Chalmers, though… He does swim more events… Again, who knows.

The pro thing is a good deal, though.

DrSwim_Phil

The quickest way to eliminate collegiate swimming as we know it is to switch to a meters format. That “idiot AD” you reference would be in the majority-line of thinking for those with the ability to look for a cost-cutting reason to drop a program, especially in the very near future NCAA climate

Hastomen123

How many major conference or strong div 1 teams have no 50 meter pool and would likely cancel their program? I can think of Penn State, Duke, NC state, Nebraska, Boise state. Plus of course hundreds of teams in other conferences.

ChrisP

Penn State has a 50m pool, plus a SCY, and another SCM.

Hulk Swim

The comment was to switch to a 25 Meter format for NCAA Champs. You could easily run dual meets in yards if you don’t have a meter option.

The switching to 25m would allow for NCAA kids to get World Rankings and thus sponsors would know their marketability.

It was an excellent point.

hastomen123

Yes, that is an excellent idea.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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