Michael Andrew: “That’s the first race I’ve cried afterwards” (Video)

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

MEN’S 50 FLY:

  • World Record: Andrii Govorov, 22.27, 2018
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel, 22.76, 2017
  • Championship Record: Caeleb Dressel, 23.05, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: Bryan Lundquist, 22.91, 2009
  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew– 22.93
  2. SILVER: Caeleb Dressel– 22.97
  3. BRONZE: Chatham Dobbs– 23.38
  4. FOURTH: Giles Smith– 23.64

The prelims tie set up a great race between Michael Andrew and Caeleb Dressel tonight. it was a close on into the finish, but Andrew earned a spot on the 2019 Worlds team as he out-touched American Record holder Dressel by 4 hundredths for the win, 22.93 to 22.97. That’s a new Championship Record for Andrew and makes him the 3rd fastest American in history.

Dressel has yet to qualify for Pan Pacs or Worlds yet after finishing 6th in the 100 free yesterday and 2nd in this race. It’s safe to say he isn’t rested too much, but he showed enough speed tonight to think he’ll safely qualify in the 50 free.

Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs continued his impressive showing at this meet, knocking almost 4 tenths off his best for bronze in 23.38. Former Arizona All-American Giles Smith was 4th in 23.64, out-touching Texas’ John Shebat in 23.69.

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Thadawg
3 years ago

What a stud! I can’t wait to see him swim more fast races and prove he’s competitive for the top spot in his other events!!

SwimGeek
3 years ago

Haters are gonna hate, but this kid has grown up into an impressive young man and gives a great interview.

Devo
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

He should. His media team has been grooming him for this since he was born.

I wish he would get as excited to race 100’s and 200’s.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Devo
3 years ago

You mean his parents. It’s called good parenting. You might disagree with their political/religious views or whatever, but their two kids are terrific.

Cobalt
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

He is amazing

Bon Jovi
Reply to  Devo
3 years ago

see ya later hater

BaldingEagle
Reply to  Devo
3 years ago

I’ll wait until I hear your 100-200 post-race interview to see if you swim as well and sound as polished.

Anon
Reply to  Devo
3 years ago

I’d love to see YOU compete at this level in any distance. You don’t? Hmmm then maybe keep quiet.

Danjohnrob
3 years ago

I wish his “ultimate goal” was to be the best in the world in all four 100’s instead of all four 50’s, but I’m certainly happy for him making his firs U.S. World Championships Team and I hope this win gives him the confidence he needs to make the Pan Pac Team in the 50 Free later in the meet.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Danjohnrob
3 years ago

Goals are very personal, which is why many, like Phelps, for example, never discussed them publicly. I wish we would stop putting our wish list onto him and let him compete in what he enjoys. Being the best at all 4 50’s, especially with some of the 50 stroke specialists out there, would be an unprecedented feat. It would like Usain Bolt winning the 100 meter dash forward, backward, and sideways. Nobody said they wished Manaudou swam 100’s.

coacherik
Reply to  Danjohnrob
3 years ago

….goals can change and evolve. His current goal, in the here and now at 19, is the 50s. He said nothing about not having other goals, like for a 100BR or even a 100Fly.

SwimFan 192
Reply to  Danjohnrob
3 years ago

Ever consider that 50 speed could be a prerequisite to 100 speed? So what if he isn’t doing it – or getting there “our” way.

Fluidg
Reply to  Danjohnrob
3 years ago

Ok, try to put aside your distance bias and keep this in perspective. If any swimmer says “my goal is to be the best in the world in…”, that’s a massive goal. Period. To set out to be the best in the world in the 50 free? How many are even capable of that on the entire planet? Being the best at ANY of the 50s is extremely EXTREMELY difficult to attain. To set out to be the fastest ever in ALL FOUR STROKES is just beyond comprehension….but MA has the potential to actually plant his flag on top of all four peaks.

Look out World: he’s coming!

Love to Swim
3 years ago

He can make good money swimming World Cup meets every year, a la Hosszu and Le Clos

James
Reply to  Love to Swim
3 years ago

This is very true. I’m always amazed at how many talented American swimmers have to retire or quit the sport due to lack of development of a really viable race circuit. 50’s might not be what many “true” swimmers consider to be the ideal, but I think many casual viewers and racers would appreciate greater emphasis on the pure speed.

Spartan
3 years ago

Last words of the interview are the announcer saying…

Dean Farris

Fluidg
3 years ago

Michael the Lionhearted, Giant Slayer

Anon
3 years ago

This summer he has had a great 100 fly and 100 breast. He is going to win the 100 fly, 100 breast and 50 free.

Caleb
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

He’s got a good shot in the 50. The others seem like longshots – better chance in fly than breast, IMO.

sven
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

I think Caeleb can still get him in the 100 fly and 50 free, although the latter is a bit less certain IMO. The 100 breast, he’s got a very solid shot at winning or at least taking second, judging by Cordes’ 200. Wilson’s 200 was great, though, and he’s always been more of a sprinter, so I could just as easily see him taking the 100 over MA.

Either way, between a best time in the 100 free (which still isn’t where it should be, but that’s okay) and this 50 fly, MA is set up for a very strong meet these next few days. I would be surprised if he doesn’t make Pan Pacs in one of his… Read more »

Caleb
Reply to  sven
3 years ago

Wilson has to be the favorite after last night. Miller had a pretty good 200, too (for him). I just think it will take a 58 to win and MA is a ways off. More likely that 51.2 or 51.3 could win the fly, (although I suspect Dressel will break 51).

DresselApologist
3 years ago

I am so happy for him. This is awesome.

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