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.