Michael Andrew Swims More 200 Yard Races at SI Presidents’ Day Senior Classic

2022 SI Presidents’ Day Senior Classic

After taking most of the post-Olympic 2021 year off from racing, gold medalist Michael Andrew is starting to get back into a high-frequency racing routine that has served him so well for most of his professional career.

His latest racing came over the weekend at the San Diego-Imperial LSC President’s Day Senior Classic – a meet that took advantage of the holiday by running into Monday.

There, Andrew swam, and won, the 100 free (43.58) and 200 breast (1:54.65) individually, and was the top seed in the 200 fly out of prelims in 1:47.03 before scratching the final.

Andrew’s best times in those events are 42.56, 1:54.06, and 1:45.39, respectively.

Long known for his sprint abilities (he has set World Junior Records in the 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly, and 100 breast), Andrew’s schedule has made a marked shift toward 200 yard-and-longer races this season. While he excelled at those races as an age grouper, since he has moved to primarily senior-level competition, he has focused more on 50s and 100s, with the exception of the 200 IM (where he was 5th at the Olympic Games last summer).

But he has raced three meets in the last month, 6 of his 11 event entries have come in races at least 200 yards or meters long.

That includes his first long course meet two weeks ago in Orlando, where he swam the 200 breast and 200 IM.

Two of his three meets in that month have been at the same pool, which is where Andrew trains and is across the street from where he lives.

His 1:54.65 in the 200 breaststroke  and 1:47.03 both new Meet Records at an event that has regularly seen elite competitors in the past – notably from David Marsh’s Team Elite training group that is also in the area.

While Andrew was the headliner of the meet (and dominated San Diego’s swimming sphere on Instagram, taking pictures with local swimmers), he wasn’t the only high performer at the event.

In fact, the meet saw 8 other records broken:

  • Women’s 200Y Freestyle Relay – Walnut Creek Aquabears – 1:34.78
  • Women’s 100Y Butterfly – Kelsey Zhang/PASA – 54.04
  • Women’s 400Y Medley Relay – Walnut Creek Aquabears – 3:48.59
  • Men’s 400Y Medley Relay – Coronado Swim Association-Team Elite – 3:21.61
  • Women’s 200Y Medley Relay – Walnut Creek Aquabears – 1:45.19
  • Women’s 100Y Freestyle – Lily Neumann/LASC – 49.99
  • Women’s 200Y Butterfly – Kelsey Zhang/PASA – 1:57.84
  • Men’s 200Y Butterfly – Michael Andrew/MASA – 1:47.03
  • Men’s 200Y Breaststroke – Michael Andrew/MASA – 1:54.65
  • Men’s 400Y Freestyle Relay – Walnut Creek Aquabears – 3:05.70

Individually, that included a 49.99 in the women’s 100 yard freestyle from Lily Neumann of the Los Angeles Swim Club. A high school sophomore, that was just .03 seconds slower than her lifetime best in the race.

PASA’s Kelsey Zhang broke a Meet Record in the 200 fly in 1:57.84. That’s a lifetime best by six-tenths of a second. That ranks her 2nd in the country this season among 13-14s, and as the 22nd-fastest all-time.

She also swam, and won, the 500 free (4:48.16), 1000 free (9:52.72), and 100 back (55.17). The 500 free and 1000 free both also rank her among the top five in the country.

She also broke a Meet Record in the 100 fly in prelims, swimming 54.04, but she was disqualified in finals, keeping her from a 5th win.

Other Meet Highlights:

  • 31-year old Belarusian Olympian Artyom Machekin, who trains with Team Elite, swam a best time of 19.56 to win the 50 free.
  • 16-year old Nick Mahabir won the 100 breast in 55.13, which is his best time by two-and-a-half seconds. He’s a high school sophomore. That ranks him 14th this season nationally in the age group. He also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.09, which slashes his previous best time of 2:05.51. Mahabir, who is training for the Coronado Swim Association/Team Elite, swam a breakout 1:03.2 at the US Open last December, and his short course times are not catching up.
  • Cal commit Sam Quarles was 2nd behind Mahabir in the 100 breaststroke, swimming 56.43. That’s his best time by a second-and-a-half. The breaststrokes are not his primary events, but he showed off expanding versatility and his potential as an IMer with that swim. He also won the 200 back, in 1:48.77, which is a best time by more than 13 seconds, was 2nd in the 100 back in 50.28, a best time by half-a-second, crushed his best time in the 400 IM in 4:03.31 in prelims, and swam a big best time of 2:06.39 for 4th in the 200 breast.

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NadoStroller
9 months ago

Braden, Although we know these articles are really focused on MA (and rightly so) we really appreciate the mentions of the Age Groupers that are putting in the work. This meet included teams from as far away as Palo Alto and it’s great to see all of them getting some recognition. Thank you!

Team Regan
9 months ago

MA seems a bit off form lately

Qqq
9 months ago

Sounds like he’s a strong contender to make SEC B finals!

P5 swimmer
9 months ago

Props to MA for trying newish things.

Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
9 months ago

For me he needs to focus on 3 events:

50 free: The second spot behind Dressel is wide open. Had he not swam 3*200 IMs at the OGs beforehand, he would have won silver.

100 Fly: After Remel and Milak, the third spot is his and he can improve even more.

100 breast: Peaty is getting older year after year and him going a PB again will be very difficult. Kamminga is already closing the gap(half stroke) and Andrew with Nicolo are 5 years younger than Adam. So, if Peaty stagnates at 57.5 and Andrew and co drop to 57 mid as well, everyone can challenge for the gold come Paris.

Inside smoke

No I want to see if he can break the 200 IM WR with a 30.00 final 50. Imagine how funny the WR line would look every race after that.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Inside smoke
9 months ago

Agreed. It has to be done, even if it’s just for the meme

AThomas
Reply to  Inside smoke
9 months ago

the opposite of the 200 breast WR line when Yamaguchi split 32.4 coming home.

Jamesabc

I agree that these three events are probably his best bet. But I think you’re being a bit unrealistic about what you’re saying.

What makes you think he would have definitely won silver in the 50 free if not for swimming the 2IM? He had two full days between the IM final and the free final. Dressel only had one after the fly final. Yeah, MA is in the mix here but claiming he definitely would have won silver is a bit ridiculous. I could easily claim that Kyle would have won the 100 free if he didn’t swim the 200 the night before.

MA was 5th in the 100 fly last year. That certainly means he could be… Read more »

Erik
9 months ago

But he has raced three meets in the last month, 6 of his 11 event entries have come in races at least 200 yards or meters long.

Let’s not forget the 400IM that wasn’t in Orlando.. Still irks…

Swimfan
9 months ago

Braden, any inside infos whether Nathan Adrian/ Michael Chadwick/ Jack Conger / Giles Smith are still swimming or are they already retired ?

Ghost
Reply to  Swimfan
9 months ago

Cordes, Katz, so many others too

swimgeek
Reply to  Swimfan
9 months ago

Adrian seems to be retired (at least for now). Haven’t heard much about the others.

katie’s gator cap :)
Reply to  swimgeek
9 months ago

don’t make me cry thinking about that again

HJones
Reply to  Swimfan
9 months ago

Conger looks retired, that’s for sure.

RCP
9 months ago

Good. The only way he gets better is by increasing the yardage and intensity of his workouts.

Mr Piano
Reply to  RCP
9 months ago

He was already doing max intensity

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