Michael Andrew Ties American Record In SCM 50 Breaststroke


While competing on night 2 finals of the FINA World Cup stop in Beijing, national champion Michael Andrew tied the American Record in the men’s short course meters 50 breaststroke.

En route to silver behind Russia’s Kirill Prigoda, who took gold in 26.02, 19-year-old Race Pace Club swimmer Andrew busted out a new personal best of 26.15 at the famed Water Cube. That mark matches the time Cody Miller threw down at the 2016 FINA World Championships as the American Record, giving Andrew his 2nd national mark.

The swim came after Andrew took silver earlier in the session in the men’s 50m back, clocking 23.14.

The LCM 50 breaststroke is one of four national titles Andrew claimed at the 2018 U.S. National Championships. He won gold in the 100m breast, 50m fly and 50m free as well in Irvine. He holds the LCM U.S. Open Record in the 50m breast with the 26.84 he registered at that meet.

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Mark T

Awesome! Love how he is out racing all the time.

25 free champ

If we’re talking about all 4 strokes, he’s the greatest sprinter in the history of US swimming. Change my mind.


How many international swimming medals does he have? 1?

@Maverick If you want a serious answer to your question, you’ll have to ask it more specifically. Pan Pacs are an international meet. As are World Cups. He has lots and lots of World Cup medals. But surely you have some way-more-specific definition that fits your definition of MA as not being a world-class swimmer.

Krishnasai Chalasani

I think Caeleb Dressel is at least tied with Michael Andrew. But, both are still amazing.

PK Doesn’t Like His Long Name

Going with my silliest argument- he’s still almost a full second slower than Lochte in the 100 IM, the sprintiest 4 stroke event there is.

Ol' Longhorn

All underwaters. MAs getting better at those, but not near what Lochte was at his prime.

cynthia curran

This is true. He has more of an Im workout than heavy freestyle since he does less yardage at higher speeds.


And Vlad Morozov owns him

25 free champ

Is this his first American Record?

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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