Michael Andrew Ties Phelps as 2nd Fastest American 100 IMer

2017 FINA WORLD CUP – SINGAPORE

  • Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, November 19th
  • OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore
  • SCM
  • Prelims 9:30am local/Finals 6pm local
  • Startlists
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results

Reigning short course world champion in the 100m IM, Michael Andrew of the United States, lowered his own World Junior Record in the event while competing on day 1 of the Singapore World Cup stop. After bypassing prelims, Andrew crushed a new personal best of 51.65 to earn silver tonight behind Russian Vlad Morozov, while outperforming his own pervious career-fastest of 51.84 that won him the world title in Windsor.

In both his Windsor race and tonight’s event in Singapore, Andrew took out his opening 50 in identical marks of 23.57. The difference came on the back half, where the Kansas native was able to drop .19 and earn a split of 28.08 tonight compared to the 28.27 he registered last December.

Andrew had another big star from whom he could pace tonight, as Russia’s Vlad Morozov clocked 50.49 to come within .19 of his own World Record time of 50.30. For perspective, the 25-year-old former USC Trojan scored splits of 23.00 and 27.49 to win the gold tonight by over a second.

Andrew’s 51.65 now checks the teen in as the 14th fastest performer in the event of all-time, tying China’s Wang Shun. When looking exclusively at Americans, however, Andrew now slides into the spot as the 2nd fastest performer ever, sitting only behind Ryan Lochte and his 50.71 from Istanbul. Andrew’s time tonight ties legendary swimmer Michael Phelps‘ mark of 51.65 from 2011 as the #2 fastest U.S. performer of all-time.

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Doesn’t 51.65 tie Phelps’ record?

Dcrabbe6

Pumped he can swim that at the olympics..oh wait

Joel Lin

Well, you’re right. This is good for kicks & Grand Prix season prize money. But the full flower of Andrew’s international career will be 2020 & 2024. There isn’t a 100 IM long course. The 50 fly, back & breast won’t be events in 2020 or 2024. We know that…that die is cast. And yet, what are the 4 events Andrew seems to target most? 100 IM short course, and 50 fly, back, breast.

He’s got to make his focus on Olympic events. I know he’s really sharp at these, but come next long course season and in 2019, Andrew really needs a more focused events plan.

crooked donald

Second-ranked American in the 50 LCM free last summer (ahead of Adrian), so I guess he could use that as a fallback.

Billabong

Well said. Argument over

Snarky

He has to swim it three times at Trials.

Dudeman

Good to see that he is improving and seems to be trying new things in his training. The only issue, which I’m sure will be repeated in the comments, is that it’s a 100 IM. Yes the time is crazy fast and tying MP in any event is an accomplishment but it doesn’t really count to most of the swimming world as a “real” event.

crooked donald

Same can be said about “most of the swimming world” for SCY times. So, in other words, David Nolan never really swam.

Dudeman

In the world of swimming (LCM) outside the USA/college swimming I don’t know if many people would know David Nolan’s name. He, like MA is/was an amazing swimmer, that isn’t the argument i’m trying to make. I’m trying to say in the world of swimming SCY and SCM doesn’t really count and is seen more as a fun thing/novelty for the swimmers. People can be successful there but LCM is where it counts and where people are remembered around the world.

Billabong

Dudeman, MA said exactly that two years ago, and got a load of stick from the college swimming fans. That is also one of the reasons he is not bothering with college. He thinks SCY is a joke.

Snarky

If I recall dad made that decision for him when he went “pro” at age 14. It’s easy to claim that decision was because short course is irrelevant after that decision was made for you.

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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