Next NAG up: Michael Andrew lowers 100 back mark in Plantation

In Plantation, Florida, Michael Andrew has lowered yet another 13-14 National Age Group record. In the first event of Saturday finals, the 14-year-old Andrew went 56.83 in the 100 back to re-break the NAG he set just over a  month ago in Orlando.

Probably most impressive in the swim was Andrew’s closing speed. He split 27.97/28.86 to charge home for third place and become the first 14 year old under 57 seconds in the event in American history. His old NAG record stood at 57.13 from the Orlando stop of the Grand Prix circuit.

Andrew moved up from sixth place after a disappointing morning swim. He was 1.2 seconds faster at night, beating everyone in the field except Club Wolverine Japanese pro Junya Koga and New York Athletic Club’s former Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin.

For Andrew, it was his second NAG in as many days after he broke the 100 fly mark Friday night. As the wry joke goes, Andrew’s NAG records tend to come in threes, and some swim fans will certainly be looking ahead to his next opportunity to put together a trifecta. That will likely have to wait until tomorrow, though. Andrew’s only other event today was the 50 free, where he was a half-second (23.66) off his NAG of 23.19 in prelims and hovered around the same time in a pair of time trial swims between sessions. Meet Mobile seems to show that he’s scratched the event for tonight. He’s entered in all 4 non-distance races tomorrow, so he’ll have his pick of the 200 fly, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 back based on what he decides to scratch.

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Triguy
7 years ago

Insane. Australia’s 15 year old NAG record is 56.5 and he’s only 14 and just off that. Plus the guy who has the aus 14 went 57.5 and was a awesome swimmer at the time over a similar range (but not as quick), but has almost dropped off in everything after dominating the junior ranks for so long

Rafael
7 years ago

I think only Irie was faster at that age..

Floppy
7 years ago

What’s the deal with Vyatchanin? Does he have a new country yet? Is he actually living in NYC? (I understand some NYAC swimmers only compete under their banner, but train elsewhere).

Floppy
7 years ago

Along with his 100 fly yesterday, this was a very back-half race.
He split .9 faster on the front half – 1.2-1.6 seconds faster on the front half is more usual (Grevers was 1.36 faster on the front half of his olympic record).

aswimfan
7 years ago

Stunning.

He really should be able to drop his amazing 200 IM PB to 2:02 this summer.
Australian 200 IM 15 yo record is only 2:03.76

But it’s still a long way to go before Andrew can break the USA 15/16 yo record of 2:00.86 by the GOAT

bobo gigi
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Just a little correction.
Andrew Seliskar is the new owner of that record since last summer in 1.59.84.

aswimfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Yes.. I’ve just realized now. USA Swimming is extremely slow in ratifying and updating their national records. There are still many old records listed while those old records have been broken a year ago. For example, none of Ledecky’s and Missy’s best times from Barcelona have has been listed in the NAG records list in the USA swimming site. Crazy.

aswimfan
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Yes.. I’ve just realized now. USA Swimming is extremely slow in ratifying and updating their national records. There are still many old records listed while those old records have been broken a year ago. For example, none of Ledecky’s and Missy’s best times from Barcelona have has been listed in the NAG records list in the USA swimming site. Crazy.

aswimfan
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

I propose that USA swimming hire Bobo Gigi to maintain the age group records and standard times database

Arthur
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago
bobo gigi
7 years ago

It looks like it was another crazy night of records.
I love that kind of swimming week.
I see numbers everywhere. 🙄

For the 463rd time of the season, congrats to Michael Andrew for his 463rd NAG record of the season.

Josh
7 years ago

He got perhaps his most impressive NAG record yet today: 51.30 in the 100m free to erase Noel Strauss’ 1987 standard. It had been standing for nearly twice as long as Michael Andrew has been alive!

Triguy
Reply to  Josh
7 years ago

Good considering his range, but kyle chalmers has gone 50.8

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