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

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

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

Devo

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.

Anon

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

BaldingEagle

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

Bon Jovi

see ya later hater

Ol' Longhorn

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

He is amazing

Danjohnrob

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.

Fluidg

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!

SwimFan 192

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.

coacherik

….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.

Ol' Longhorn

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.

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