Michael Andrew tests South African Swimming for 3 Months: Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

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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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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love the videos mel.

MA has a plan, its evident. I hope he hits his marks and I hope to see him crush it in the future. I’m peanut butter and jealous that he is 15 and has this mindset, focus, and big picture attitude already. at 15 I was thinking just about how to get more hot pockets and how to get my girlfriend the note I wrote her before school ended. took me till I was 22 to have that kind of a mindset.

Arthur S

I am not sure if his attitude has changed but from one of his interviews when he was 13 (I think) it seemed like he and his family were really obsessed with him swimming in Rio. If he can’t make it happen representing the US I think it would be likely he would try to swim for SA.

wave rider

I don’t think it would be wise for Michael to try to swim 9 events at trials. I think he should swim a limited schedule and pick his best 4 or 5 events. At the same time he shouldn’t limit himself too much because you never know which event is going to be on at the time. Sometimes he is on in fly, other times, back or breast. Every time you put a label on him, it changes. Its going to be very hard to pick a schedule. I’ve been looking at the schedule of events for the trials for about 20 minutes trying to figure out what the best schedule should be and it is tough. I think that… Read more »

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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