Race Video: Michael Andrew 100m Free 13-14 NAG Record, 51.30

Swimming News: 100 Freestyle NAG Record, Reported by Braden Keith

Yet again, National Age Group Records for 14-year old Michael Andrew have come in a set of three this weekend in Plantation, Florida at the Speedo Championship Series sectionals meet.

First came the 100 flythen came the 100 back, and now he’s taken down the 13-14 boys’ 100 free record on Sunday evening to close the meet.

Andrew swam a 51.30 in the 100 long course meter freestyle, which broke Noel Strauss’ 1987 record of 51.59. Strauss, you will recall, was the Jr. National Champion in the 50 free at just 13 years old.

That time placed Andrew 4th in the 100 free in Plantation, and now gives him a grand total of 14 out of 28 National Age Group Records in yards and meters combined.

Interestingly enough, Strauss’ swim wasn’t the oldest 13-14 boys NAG Record; it wasn’t even close, in fact. Jesse Vassallo’s 1976 time of 15:31.03 in the 1500 free still remains on the books.

Andrew also placed 4th on Sunday in his last event, the 200 back; he swam a 2:05.94 after a 2:04.06 in prelims.

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The thing that I keep noticing about Michael is that he doesn’t have the “prettiest” of strokes. He seems to have a real wiggle to his stroke. But one thing I’ve noticed is that no one swimmer swims the same stroke in the same fashion. His stroke reminds me of the way Gabe Woodward would swim.

Thought he was rather short on his finish too. Looked like he really jammed his right arm into the wall instead of staying longer and finishing on his left…all that means is that there’s still plenty of room for improvement which is kindof a scary thing to think about with this kid.


It would be interesting to see what he does under the surface though.

Joel Lin

Thank you for mentioning the greatest record of all…Jesse’s 15:31 as a 14 year old in 1976. Epic and timeless.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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