100 Yard Butterfly NAG Record – Reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith
Michael Andrew had a few more attempts at 13-14 National Age Group Records. Friday, April 18th, 2014 is his 15th birthday, but per USA Swimming rules, because he started the 2014 NASA Showcase Classic at 14, he gets to finish the meet at 14. This is the same rule we saw in effect at Worlds over the summer, where Simone Manuel broke 15-16 National Age Group Records after her 17th birthday.
On Friday evening, though, were that rule not in existence, it wouldn’t have mattered. Andrew swam a 46.95 to win the boys’ 14-year olds 100 yard fly, which is faster than both his own 13-14 record of 47.23, and also faster than the 46.99 done by Alexander Valente earlier this year that is the 15-16 record.
So whether we count this as ‘jumping an age group’ or not, it’s clear that Andrew will certainly be able to hold-his-own with his age group when he races at the Mesa Grand Prix next weekend, for the first time as an official 15-16.
So for now, Valente’s record stands among 15-16′s. It’s very rare for this to happen in the men’s pool, though we’ve seen it quite frequently in the last few years with some of the young women’s stars like Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.
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todd marinovich!!!! nuff said
Good swim, now I’d like to see some LC times
Fascinating prediction by swimlazy – Michael Andrew abandons USRPT so that he can achieve his true potential as a swimmer. I think I’d rather wager that a unicorn appears in my backyard.
Seems to be cleaning up his turns. Really impressive time!
5-7-8-8 by my count (guessing based on tempo on that third length).
Breathed off his last wall, looked a little too vertical. He’s coming in a bit short to the walls for my personal taste, but it seems to be working out just fine for him. That’s tough to fix (if it’s even a problem), but I’d probably have him add an extra dolphin kick and take one less stroke, that ought to put him at perfect range to have a smooth turn. I’m excited for this summer. Once Michael gets started racing long course, I think we’re going to see some absurd times!
Going to have to chalk up the short wall as fatigue setting in, same goes for the vertical look you see… Don’t think those things work for him and I’m pretty sure those race elements are not up to their standards either….
Everything goes back to the wall you just came from and early in the length going into that turn to be on or off in the last stroke. Whatever kick count/stroke count strategy you can find to hit on a full stroke on the 3rd and 4th, gotta go with it.
I believe it. His splits tell the same story. 21.58 and 25.37. Which is fine, since their typical progression is improve the front half, train at that pace til the back half catches up, then take the front half down again. Just means that, using the typical fly and breast spread of 3 seconds, once he knocks the back half down, he’ll be around 46.1. Ab-freaking-surd. I know it’s time to think about the long course swimming he has coming up, be we might see a 45 out of him this fall.
Unrelated to your comment, Coach Erik, but he went a 21.2 in the 50 fly individually, and split 21.5 here while breathing every stroke. I don’t have video… Read more »
*but we might see a 45 out of him this fall.
True, but I thought Michael Phelps would have made that pretty clear about breathing every stroke to all the doubters…
You would think, but there are still plenty of people who consider him an anomaly. Which he is, but not because of his breathing pattern. The fact that 11 out of the 16 male finalists at the Olympics in the 100 and 200 fly were breathing every stroke is more indicative than anything, IMO. Anyway, just a random side point.
Don’t know why that posted twice but whatever
Wondering what events he will swim at Olympic trials in 2016. I seriously doubt he will make it to Rio but still curious about what he will attempt. Haha he can’t do what he normally does and just load up on as many events as possible.
For one, his program at trials will depend on whether he chooses to swim for the U.S. or South Africa. If he decides to swim for Africa, he can take more risks and swim a heavier program. If he swims at U.S. trials, I think he will narrow it down and focus on a few individual events, maybe 4 max, most likely 3.
Depending on how his training methods change in the upcoming years, I think adding the 400 IM should be strongly considered, especially since Phelps and Lochte are out of the picture. Most likely he will add dry-land and strength training to his regime and more aerobic focus as well training with the Swimmac philosophy. It seems that… Read more »
Actually, I forgot about relays and the easier criteria to qualify. So, maybe he’ll end up doing the 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM. I don’t have the trials schedule in front of me so not sure if any of those events overlap each other.
Who knows, way too early to figure out what they’ll choose to swim. I’m sure Michael and Peter don’t even know yet either…
Re: training changes, that’s a pretty bold statement to make. I disagree. IMO, the only way they change is if they stop seeing improvement under their current regimen, and there’s no reason to believe that will happen so far. His times and age are only part of the reason MA is so famous. The other part is USRPT. I think it will take a long plateau before he abandons the hand that has fed him for so long.
Really wondering what events he will swim olympic trials. I seriously doubt he will make it to Rio but still, what will he attempt?
Michael/Peter answer this question in this video:
Mel, I know you love doing time predictions just like me. 🙂
So, how do you see Michael Andrew’s times in long course at the end of the summer in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 100 breast and 200 IM?
200 back and 200 fly as well!
I have no idea…. Need to think about it…. I’m fearful about making predictions regarding M Andrew because I didn’t think he’d swim so fast this past month!
Ok. I’m trying first.
50 free. 22.89
100 free. 50.72
100 back. 55.64
200 back. 2.01.20
100 fly. 53.62
200 fly. 2.00.88
100 breast. 1.02.63
200 IM. 2.01.24
It’s your turn now! 🙂
Ha…. I knew you’d deliver….
I’m on the same page. I think those would all be great swims for M Andrew.
I’d like to see him crack 2-minutes in the 200 fly
53.3 in the 100 fly
50.3 in the 100 free
Still, anytime an age group swimmer improves, it’s a great day in swimming. My only thought is he may make us look dumb by going faster…..
There’s no way he breaks 2:00 in the LC 200 fly, he just doesn’t have that endurance for long course. I’ll say 2:04. The 400 IM is another event that he has yet to prive himself in. I think it would be good for him to be under 4:30 LC.
1:55 (if he swims it)
If he swims for South Africa. he should focus on backstroke so he can be on their Olympic medley relay which desperately needs a backstroker