Michael Andrew Takes On Tough Triple At Altitude On Copa Heller Cup Day 2

4TH COPA HELLER CUP (MEX)

  • Thursday, February 24th – Sunday, February 27th
  • Querétaro, Mexico
  • LCM (50m)
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  • Recap #1
  • Results – Meet Mobile: 4a Copa Heller 2022

The 2022 Copa Heller Cup continued in Mexico, with swimmers not only battling each other but also the altitude. The host city of Querétaro is situated nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, about 1,000 feet lower than altitude training hub Flagstaff, Arizona.

As such, the performances here are reflective of the environment, with Olympian Chase Kalisz taking the men’s 200m IM in a time of 2:00.02. He led his Georgia teammate by over 3 seconds, with Jay Litherland registering 2;03.70 for runner-up.

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem was a double winner on day 2, capturing the 200m IM for the women in 2:14.64 while she snagged 50m breast gold in 32.11.

Placing second behind Pickrem in the 2IM was Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the multi-Olympic champion who scored the 400m IM victory on night one.

American Michael Andrew pulled a difficult treble, racing the 50m breast, 100m fly and 100m free all in one session under these conditions.

Andrew topped Dutch ace Arno Kamminga in the 50m breast hitting 27.19 to the two-time Olympic silver medalist’s 27.37. In the 100m fly, MA posted 53.29 while he settled for silver in the 100m free in 51.82.

Taking the men’s 100m free was Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter who logged 50.04 while Hosszu came out on top of the women’s 100m free in 57.70.

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11 months ago

The 2022 Copa Heller Cup continued in Mexico, with swimmers not only battling each other but also the attitude. The host city of Querétaro is situated nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, about 1,000 feet lower than altitude training hub Flagstaff, Arizona

What does 6000 feet have to do with the attitude of the meet?

Thomas
11 months ago

MA has been at least 49.46 100 free. He could go a 48 100 free, but I would rather see what he can do in thec100 fly, skip the IM this year

Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
Reply to  Thomas
11 months ago

I agree. He needs to focus on the 100 fly, 100 breast and 50 free. He’s just wasting time with that IM work.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
11 months ago

Please explain to me how the work that got him to 1:55.2 is a “waste”

HJones
Reply to  DMacNCheez
11 months ago

Until he can figure out a freestyle that doesn’t fall apart every time he breathes, his 200 IM will go nowhere.

Mclovin
Reply to  HJones
11 months ago

It took him at least to the Olympics. No american has swam faster than him besides Phelps and Lochte so maybe he has already gone somewhere

HJones
Reply to  Mclovin
11 months ago

Right, and he was SO great at the Olympics, remember? He added 2 seconds to his 200 IM in the final and had one of the most pathetic-looking last 50s I’ve ever seen. That’s what’s going to continue to happen unless he makes some REAL changes.

Coach mary
Reply to  DMacNCheez
11 months ago

I was thinking the same thing!!!!

Hmm
Reply to  DMacNCheez
11 months ago

30.69

Yup
Reply to  DMacNCheez
11 months ago

30.69

Evan
Reply to  Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
11 months ago

He’s the 5th fastest performer ever are you out of your mind?

Virtus
Reply to  Thomas
11 months ago

I agree but don’t want to see Sheilds beat out 😭

Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

That picture shows he has the shortest wingspan for a tall person since Kevin Willis.

Taa
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

MA descended from T-rex which was known to occupy the South African plains

DCC Parent
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Upvoted just for the Kevin Willis reference

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  DCC Parent
11 months ago

Cosign! 🏀

HJones
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Idk why you are getting downvotes but I pointed this out on another thread. Dude just doesn’t have a good wingspan, and there is no shame in that.

Joe
11 months ago

Doing a swim meet every single weekend sounds mentally exhausting

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Joe
11 months ago

Summer league kids have entered the chst.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
11 months ago

More like 2 a week in summer league with relays included

2Fat4Speed
11 months ago

Pleasantly surprised with MA’s 100 free being 51 at altitude. His PB is 50 point right? Compare that the the 100 fly at this meet being a 53 when his best time is 50 point in that event. Is Andrew gearing up to be a 48 in the 100? I know I am making broad assumptions based on a single day of racing. Just not often he swims the 100 free LCM. Would be curious to hear him comment on the subject right now.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
11 months ago

He could have gears prosthetically implanted and he still wouldn’t go 48.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Lol this is the kinda take that can age real poorly.

But I’d probably take a bet on him going 48 at like, +500. ( Assuming you’re putting the odds WAY less likely than that, legit sounds like you’re at “John Mellencamp winning an Oscar” levels rn.)

Last edited 11 months ago by Steve Nolan
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Steve Nolan
11 months ago

He’s not going a 48. Odds are zero.

Admin
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Really? Zero? You can’t see any way for a 22-year old to drop .47 seconds in the 100 free? Especially one who goes 21.4 in the 50 free and 50.80 in the 100 fly?

I dunno man. I think there’s a non-zero chance of it.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

I’ll take those odds.

I’ll put $100 on it, he doesn’t go a 48 by Paris and it’s yours.

But if he does, I get your house.

Last edited 11 months ago by Steve Nolan
Anonymoose
Reply to  Steve Nolan
11 months ago

I want in on that bet!

Swimfan
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
11 months ago

His best time is 49.87 from US Nationals in 2018.

Troyy
Reply to  Swimfan
11 months ago

49.46 2019-08-16 World Cup – Singapore

Swimpop
Reply to  Troyy
11 months ago

Down voted for literally just posting a time, oh my SS, we are feisty.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
11 months ago

He took the fly easy to save for the free.

Admin
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
11 months ago

I’m not sure how much altitude impacts a 100. USA Swimming doesn’t give any conversion factor in a 100 at any altitude.

Max C
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

NISCA gives about 0.2s for that length of race for All-America purposes iirc, but imo swimming LCM 100s at 6000 feet is more like half a second slower… otoh I’m not a 52s LCM swimmer.

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

I don’t think it has much impact for one 100, but if your not acclimated, I think it has a definite impact on recovering between multiple races. I think they also give a really small adjustment for above 6000 feet don’t they?

anonymous
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

He is going from training at sea level to 6000 feet so it impacts him not only in racing but in recovery between races.

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