Michael Andrew Surprised by 100 Back Speed After 3 Weeks Off (Video Interview)

Video edit – Coleman Hodges

Men’s 100 Backstroke – 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte – Reported by SwimSwam 

It was fairly close at the turn, but David Plummer had the lead with his 26.06 split. In the final 15 meters, Akrady Vyatchanin pulled ahead, out-touching Plummer to win the men’s 100 backstroke at 53.81. Plummer finished just behind him at 53.86. Junya Koga looked good through the 50, but faded slightly in the back half. He won the 50 backstroke yesterday, and finished third in this event today with a 54.93. Eugene Godsoe swam to fourth place in 55.04, and Charlie Boldison was fifth at 55.24.
Drew teDuits won the B-final of the men’s 100 backstroke with a time of 55.60.

Michael Andrew swam a 56.39 in the 100 backstroke. He was 13th overall.

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6 years ago

Love how candid these guys are and how much they are willing to share about the process!! They also seem to have a great relationship; can’t wait to see what team Andrew can do at Juniors.

mikeh
6 years ago

Thank you for that interview. Agree with Mr. Blair that their candid discussion of prep, warm up, and errors during the race is very refreshing. Thank you very much for posting!

Arthur
6 years ago

I think Michael swimming well without training for 3 weeks shows he probably needs a bit of a taper if he wants to swim as fast as possible.

swim1
Reply to  Arthur
6 years ago

The Andrews are so lucky to have you to give them input. What would they do without all the coaches on this message board….

samuel huntington
Reply to  swim1
6 years ago

he is just offering a suggestion for improvement. no need to be so negative.

coacherik
Reply to  Arthur
6 years ago

He said he did not do any actual swimming, but by evidence of the water skiing incident he was active during that 3 weeks. Now there is no connection with water skiing and swimming or many of the other things he probably did, but being physically active and not just laying around for a 15 year old, I don’t believe fast results are outlandish. If I remember correctly, Dr. Rushall theorized that since there is not a need to go so high in volume to get back into shape that him getting in for some short period of time got him back up to a very competitive level. Now, 3 weeks is a pretty long time to hold onto these… Read more »

Sven
Reply to  coacherik
6 years ago

This seems like a reasonable explanation to me.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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