RACE VIDEO: Michael Andrew breaks Ricky Berens 13-14 200 Fly NAG Record, 1:46.29

Swimming video courtesy of Team Andrew.

Swimming news coverage reported by Jared Anderson.

On a weekend dominated by college conference meets, Michael Andrew quietly added another National Age Group record to his collection at a Speedo Champions Series meet in College Station, Texas.

The 14-year-old Andrew went 1:46.29 to win the B final of the 200-yard butterfly, breaking the 11-year-old NAG record set by Ricky Berens. That time was 1:48.24.

Andrew, who owns NAG records in the 100s of all 4 strokes as well as the 200 IM, now appears to be turning his attention to the longer races, starting with this 200 fly. He also swam the 200 back Friday morning, but was disqualified in prelims. In addition, he’s slated to swim the 200 free and 200 and 400 IM later on in the meet, as well as the 100 fly, 100 back and 50 free.

Andrew is closing in on his 15th birthday, so it makes sense he’s trying out some other events to try and stamp his name on the 13-14 record book a few more times before moving up to a new age bracket. The Speedo Series meet will continue through Sunday night in College Station. Results are available on Meet Mobile, listed under “USA Swimming Speedo Champions Series.”

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swimmer24
7 years ago

His stroke seems very short to me.

gooby
Reply to  swimmer24
7 years ago

Not really, maybe visually. But from where he’s coming up in the pool 8 strokes falling off to 9 at the end is still pretty low.

sven
7 years ago

Fantastic time. I do feel like he can and should be further off his walls. off the first turn, he makes it about 8 yards, which is great in the 200, but then it degrades throughout the race until his last two turns, where he barely breaks out past the flags. My guess is that this means his system hasn’t fully adapted to the paces they’ve been training with in practice (although he’s certainly close enough to do serious damage), and that he could be even faster once his system catches up.

Although that’s absolutely 100% speculation. I’m just assuming the precise consistency that is the backbone of USRPT dictates that his underwaters should remain at least relatively constant. It… Read more »

Peterdavis
Reply to  sven
7 years ago

He and his father are fully aware of his current lack of underwaters, and being as sharp as they are(father and son), look at it as a place for future improvement, while putting down as fast a time as possible in the present based on his ability above the water. Seems like a healthy take on things: he has skills to work on and places to improve beyond just the physiological adaptations gained from his specific brand of training – which is a positive, not a negative, when considering his future outlook.

sven
Reply to  Peterdavis
7 years ago

Totally agree. Seems like the most flexible approach to consistently dropping time. After all, his program calls for progressively more intense training stimuli as his body adapts to the training. And at the same time, he’s still growing and his body is maturing, so the necessary drops in his training paces/intervals/race strategies, are also changing in a manner not dependent on the effects of his training.

I definitely believe that as he starts to reach maturity in a few years, his races will become much more consistent, since the number of practices he spends at a given pace before increasing it will (theoretically) increase.

Steve Nolan
7 years ago

Anybody else thinks he kinda rounds his turns?

Swimzscared
7 years ago

I agree. He has slow walls, not enough kick off the walls which I’m sure will come with more development. But if you watch the race it looks like he just does… Shows the lack of endurance his training program gives him in the longer events.

Not nearly as smooth a technique as Phelps especially in the freestyle. This kid will peak by age 16.

Peterdavis
Reply to  Swimzscared
7 years ago

C’mon man, your analysis is terrible beyond the superficial. I would be happy to have a kid split 23, 26, 27, 28. Gutsy swim, which can be refined. He is 14.

How would you rate a 22, 25, 26, 27 that totaled a 142? I’d say that’s pretty great. Did you want to see a 24, 26, 27, 27? What could possibly please you?

Reply to  Peterdavis
7 years ago

Peter… you beat me to it…

Dylan Bosch split 22 high, 24 high, 25 high, 26 high to go 140 at B1Gs this weekend.

The anti-USRPT crowd is looking silly at this point. Now we are going to dismiss it because he’s ‘dying’… It’s really, really silly.

Is it for everyone? No. Do what you want and what you think works best… but don’t dismiss results because they are doing it a way that you don’t like.

Good on Michael… that was a great race, and there’s lots of room for improvement in the underwaters… and I’m sure they’ll figure that out too…

Swimzscared
7 years ago

I meant looks like he just dies the last 100 of this race.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Thanks for the video.
Do you have the 400 IM?

FREEBEE
7 years ago

This kid has so much potential–it seems everybody putting in the 2 cents on what he can improve on (which is good) also believes this—

coacherik
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 years ago

Mel I certainly respect and agree with you on a 14 year old’s ability to split a 200 fly, you have plenty of experience.

Here is my thing with all of this. We see a lot of crappy posts and several with questions, good questions we would love to hear from the family about. Regardless if someone says his walls suck, the underlying question is what are they doing about it? How much training time are they dedicating to those? Do they have a projected timeline for that development or are they just waiting for them to catch up?

The 50 free in slow motion. It seems pretty clear to me its a bit unconventional, but so was Malchow’s fly… Read more »

Ben
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 years ago

My feeling as it relates to the Olympics is that it doesn’t “prove” anything if he doesn’t make the Olympics in 2016. Now the Olympics have always been hard to make (understatement) but I think it is a lot harder to make them now than it was even 4 years ago…just based on the amount of people in the sport. If Phelps was 13 now… (so would be 15 in 2016) I am certain he would not make the team.

Making the team is a great goal to have but realistically he needs to just keep dropping as much time as he can. I think he will stick with USA… I really hope so at least. It is a much… Read more »

Lester
Reply to  Ben
7 years ago

Michael does want to represent the U.S. in 2016. According to Peter, they will look at what are his best chances to make the U.S. team 6 months to a year out. Peter always says that they can’t predict Michael’s physical development so its way too early to focus on any one event or events at this time. They also know that its best to get others involved in his development as they are already starting to work with Josh Davis. They also plan to have Rowdy Gaines get involved.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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