Michael Andrew is back in the National Age Group Record business, breaking the 15-16 100 meters breaststroke NAG with a 1:01.67. The performacne is significant for two reasons. Michael broke the NAG as a 15 year old (he turns 16 April 18th) and he won his first major competition, the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas.
Michael’s spending three months in South Africa, competing and visiting family. His parents were born and raised there, and they strive to return to see extended family, Michael’s grandparents specifically. Michael’s already gearing up to race international swim star and South African Olympic Champion Chad le Clos. See here.
Rumors have been swirling that Michael’s testing the South African Swimming lifestyle to see if he wants to represent them in the 2016 Olympics. Michael and Team Andrew have given no indication they are. Michael enjoyed representing Team USA at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships last September, and he plans to continue his development with aspirations of being a U.S. Olympian. If, for any reason, Michael changes his mind, I personally would understand. For 2016, he would clearly have a better shot at competing in more events for South Africa. Thankfully he’s on the U.S. track.
2016 U.S. Olympic Trials is a big topic of conversation for fans regarding the swimming phenom with 76 National Age Group records. He’ll barely be 17 years old when he competes in Omaha. How would you define success for Michael Andrew at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials? Is top-16 a success? Does he need to final or is making the U.S. Olympic Team the only metric? Michael’s 1:01.67 100m breast would’ve gotten 15th in the semi-finals at the 2012 US Olympic Trials.
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