Michael Andrew and his family have spent the last few months since his Tirade against the 11-12 age group record books ended at home, focusing on training and enjoying some relaxation out of the spotlight. there have been a few meets here-and-there, but nothing headline worthy.
But it didn’t take long to jump right back in, though, at the Sectional meet in Columbia, Missouri.
On Saturday morning, he was happy just to get scratched into the C final as a 13-year old, alongside another swimmer in his age group Noah Reid.
But in the evening, he kicked his speed up to a new level, and with a 24.45 actually won that C final. That’s the fastest time by an American 13-14 in 2012, and puts him 14th on the all-time list.
All of that just a few months into the age group.
The overall event was won by another great swim: Nicholas McCarthy swam a 23.31. But he’s a whole lot older at 20 years old.
On the women’s side of the meet, Missouri’s Rachel Ripley had a great session. She first won the women’s 200 IM in 2:18.71, and came back shortly after to take the 50 free in 26.42, ahead of Lauren Votava (26.48).