14-year old Michael Andrew has smashed his own National Age Group Record in the 200 yard IM by over two seconds, swimming a 1:45.29 to win the event at the NASA Junior Cup in Florida on Wednesday evening.
This meet, hosted by the same team but not the same meet as the NASA Age Group Showcase, has 16 & under and a 17-18 class and runs through Saturday in Clearwater. The 200 IM was Andrew’s only entry on Wednesday, but it was a worthwhile one. His old best and old National Age Group Record in the event was a 1:47.42, set just last week at the NCSA Championships in nearby Orlando.
In the race, Andrew just out-touched a very impressive swim in its own right from Aidan Burns of the Santa Clara Swim Club, who was 2nd in the 15-16 division in 1:45.36. Those swims were the two fastest from across the classifications.
Andrew’s splits, as compared to his times just a week ago:
- NASA 22.26/NCSA 23.28
- NASA 26.13/NCSA 26.68
- NASA 31.20/NCSA 31.42
- NASA 25.70/NCSA 26.04
- NASA 1:45.29/NASA 1:47.44
As the splits show, his times improved on every leg of this race, but the opening butterfly split of 22.26 was just really incredible. There are few 14 year olds in history who can split that fast on a 50 fly flat-start period, let alone leading off an IM.
Andrew, after a 1:47.71 in prelims, now owns the four fastest times in the history of the event, with Gray Umbach being the second-best ever at 1:48.08. Reaching deeper, of the 16 fastest times in the history of the event, 13 of them belong to Andrew.
He’s still got some time to drop to get the 15-16 record, which right now is recognized as a 1:44.03 by Andrew Seliskar in 2013.