Race Video: Michael Andrew 200 Back NAG Record, 1:45.14

Reported by Braden Keith:

Michael Andrew has an uncanny knack for breaking National Age Group Records in threes. He did it at Winter Juniors, and he did it at the College Station Sectional last weekend. Along that vein, the young 14-year old had broken his third National-Age Group Record of the 2014 Jenks Sectional meet.

He swam a 1:45.14 in the 200 yard backstroke on Sunday evening which broke the 2013 record set by PEAK’s Benjamin Ho at 1:45.73 almost exactly a year ago.

The comparative splits:

Ho ’13 – 24.69/26.53/27.12/27.39 = 1:45.73
Andrew ’14 – 24.85/26.62/26.68/26.99 = 1:45.14

Andrew’s closing speed was impeccable in this race, and his splitting – in true USRPT fashion – was spot on, with a pair of 26.6 splits after his opening 50, followed by a 26.9.

Earlier in the meet, Andrew also broke National Age Group Records in the 50 free and in the 100 breast.

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“24.85/26.62/26.68/26.69″ …”Andrew’s closing speed was impeccable in this race, and his splitting – in true USRPT fashion – was spot on, with a pair of 26.6 splits after his opening 50, followed by a 26.9.”

That last split is a 26.6, not a 26.9?

Wow. That shows really incredible aerobic stamina. Three straight :26s, not at all how you would expect a sprinter to do it.

Never to forget though, that the aerobic and anaerobic capacities work intertwined – especially for this 75s race. Sure, his aerobic stamina is looking good, but at least 35% of that is coming from his anaerobic capacity. This method he is using is all about bioenergetics, in which the energy delivery to his muscles are very much in synch. Research states that between 30s-2min of high intensity work is primarily fast glycolysis, which is anaerobic. Now, I refuse to believe that that holds true for each individual, but it is important to consider when we see talents such as Michael here.

I am neither up or down on USRPT now…are we looking at the greatest training mechanism or just a great swimming talent?

Don’t know. What I can see is one indirect benefit to USRPT…because this kid is not doing a droning daily diet of 8K workouts with longer repeat sets he is unlike most other athletes who have the “circle swimming muscle memory.” He does not circle the lane, not ever. Many world class athletes do and have to concentrate to avoid what they do without thinking 3-5 hours a day.

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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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