Michael Andrew Wins 100 Breast in Post-Worlds Return to Racing in Carlsbad

2024 California/Nevada Sectionals (Carlsbad Site)

  • February 29-March 3, 2024
  • Alga Norte Aquatic Center, Carlsbad, California
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Psych Sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2024 CA/NV Speedo Sectional” (or search “Carlsbad”)

US Olympian Michael Andrew, like most of the 2024 World Championship team, won’t swim at next week’s Pro Swim Series meet in Westmont, Illinois, but he is taking advantage of this weekend’s Sectionals meet in Carlsbad, California, much closer to home, to race.

In early racing, Andrew won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.81 and finished 2nd in the 100 fly in 54.39 after a 53.95 in prelims.

Andrew swam only 50 meter races at the World Championships last month, earning a silver medal in the 50 fly and a 4th-place finish in the 50 free. Of the four 50 meter races he swam in Doha, only one is on the Olympic schedule, so he now has to turn his focus toward the 100 meter races ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

He is scheduled to swim the 100 back and 50 free later in the meet.

The man who beat him in the 100 fly was UCSB’s Billy Picht, who swam 54.36. That misses the Olympic Trials standard of 53.59, but is a 1.6 second improvement on his previous personal best from last summer, which was his last long course swim.

Other Notable Day 1 & 2 Results

  • Hannah Marinovich won the 100 breast in 1:09.69. An Olympic Trials qualifier and Tennessee commit, the 17-year-old Marinovich dropped .24 seconds with that swim. The runner-up in the race was 46-year-old Gabrielle Rose in 1:10.24. In November, Rose hit her Olympic Trials cut. She’s a 1996 Brazilian Olympian and 2000 US Olympian who won gold medals with Team USA at the 2003 World Championships.
  • 18-year-old Teia Salvino, an SMU commit, swam 1:01.21 in the 100 fly, a new best time by .05 seconds.
  • 16-year-old Lucy Flynn from Orange Regional Competitive Aquatics swam 4:51.84 in the 400 IM. That’s a more-than-five second improvement over her previous best from early November; she hadn’t broken five minutes coming into this season.
  • Flynn’s 14-year-old teammate Chloe Teger won the 800 free in 8:54.24, holding off a last-50 charge from Julissa Arzave (8:54.51) for the win.

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Smglsn12
1 month ago

His storyline genuinely makes me sad. If he’d swam on a halfway decent college team he’d have been a 200 IM and 100s of stroke star and been a huge mainstay for team USA for probably a decade. Instead we’ve gotten to the point where he can barely complete a 50 without dying and his truly exceptional versatility has come to nothing. It really is hard to watch at this point

Diehard
Reply to  Smglsn12
1 month ago

A good example of the negatives of having 50s! If there were no 50s of strokes maybe he might train more and better! But even at Worlds, his 50s were struggling!

Hank
Reply to  Smglsn12
1 month ago

There’s some good pro groups in the area. He could train with Mission Viejo for example. They have Justin Ress and Trenton Julian among others.

SwimFan01
1 month ago

FYI – it was a tight double. 13 minutes between the 100 breast final and 100 fly final.

Jose
1 month ago

It’s about time he gets a real coach.

Xman
Reply to  Jose
1 month ago

I think it’s too late. Should have happend 6 years ago.

Owlmando
1 month ago

Oof, not hot times

JohnCena
1 month ago

There’s always one big star that fades in the Olympic year.

It’s tough when you’re swimming slower at just the wrong time.

Michael’s coaches need to get him going again.

saltie
Reply to  JohnCena
1 month ago

Coaches? he doesn’t have a coach, let alone multiple

Andrew
Reply to  JohnCena
1 month ago

But he’s been trending downwards since the semi finals of OTs.

Seems like more than his coaches (Dad) needing to get him going again…

Xman
1 month ago

Is he playing a long game where he has been upping his volume to increase endurance and going to drop a 200IM in April?

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

I’m going to say this with a high degree of confidence: Nah

Michael Andrew will win the 200 IM in Paris
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

I would like to say yes

LBSWIM
1 month ago

Just an FYI, Gabrielle Rose was not only a 1996 Brazil Olympian, but also a 2000 US Olympian in the 200 IM.

Gaucho
1 month ago

Billy is goated

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