2022 SI CSTE 13 & Over NTS
- January 22-24, 2022
- Coronado, California
- Short Course Yards (25 yards)
- Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 SI CSTE 13 over NTS”
Michael Andrew raced at a local age group meet on Saturday at his home training pool in Coronado, California.
In his adult career, Andrew is most renowned for his results in 50 and 100 meter races, stretching to the 200 IM, but he swam a couple of races that are more outside of his primary frame on Saturday. In total, he swam three events: the 400 IM, the 200 fly, and the 100 breaststroke, the latter of which he raced at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
None of the races were all that close to personal bests, which in itself is noteworthy: in an interview last week with Brett Hawke, Andrew indicated that he has increased his training volume as he heads toward the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
While Andrew’s USRPT training lends itself to a lot of fast in-season racing, an increase in volumes means that we’re likely to see more of a peak-and-taper cycle from him going forward.
- 400 IM – 3:54.16 (PB: 3:49.57, 2017)
- 100 breast – 52.95 (PB: 51.18, 2018)
- 200 fly – 1:49.36 (PB: 1:45.39, 2014)
This was just the second meet for Andrew since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the first on domestic soil after he raced at December’s Short Course World Championships.
Andrew also said he’s going to train more for 200 meter races, while staying within the USRPT framework. That implies more volume, though not necessarily the volume that most athletes at his level would race with.
In spite of the criticism that Andrew’s USRPT style receives, as an age grouper, Andrew was very proficient in 200 and 400 yard and meter races. At one meet in 2014, he broke 13-14 National Age Group Records in both the 200 yard fly and 400 yard IM in the same meet. He was almost the exact same time in the 400 IM, and about three seconds faster in the 200 fly, at that meet.
Aside from Andrew, the meet was mostly local and age group swimmers. Among those local swimmers was high school junior Sam Quarles, who was rated as “Best of the Rest” in SwimSwam’s recruiting rankings for the class of 2023. The Cal commit swam the 50 free (20.66), 100 breast (58.16), and 100 back (51.33), with the 100 breaststroke being a lifetime best, and the 50 free being just two-tenths slower than the 20.47 that he swam at Winter Juniors in December.