RACE VIDEO: Watch Michael Andrew Break the National Age Group Record in the 100 Meter Breaststroke

This weekend, at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Austin, Texas, 15-year old Michael Andrew broke the 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 100 LCM Breaststroke by swimming a 1:01.67.

The video shows that Andrew’s technique has changed significantly since this summers Junior Nationals. As announcer Rowdy Gaines points out, Andrew’s underwater pullouts have made significant progress – they used to be the weakest part of his race.

Compare this swim to video of Andrew’s swim from Junior Nationals. He’s got the same low-to-the-water body position, and still a very efficient-looking stroke, but the body position looks much more relaxed and natural than the arched-back stroke he had been using, and has a much more neutral head position.

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RTB
6 years ago

Glenn Snyders technique is interesting. His head is never completely submerged and he doesn’t come up that high above the water. It looks really old fashioned. I wonder if its more efficient…

Bossanova
6 years ago

Possibly a bad angle, but it looked like Michael Andrew’s head broke the surface after 15 m.

Yaaaa
Reply to  Bossanova
6 years ago

You are allowed to go past 15m in breaststroke

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Bossanova
6 years ago

So what? It’s not illegal to go past 15m in breast. Seliskar went about 20m in his 200 Breast.

jack baker
Reply to  Bossanova
6 years ago

He did – but there wasn’t an official standing at the 15m mark so they couldn’t call it.

Reply to  jack baker
6 years ago

For like the 5th comment, there is no 15 meter rule for breast stroke.

Coacherik
6 years ago

For the love of Pete, there is no 15m rule for BR pullouts…

Bossanova
Reply to  Coacherik
6 years ago

Sorry guys! Never was a breaststroker (Though I could fake it a bit for an IM). Didn’t know!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Finally the video.
Thanks to USA swimming.
Great to see Michael Andrew finish his race like that.
We were not used to that before.
So much race strategy improvement.
He didn’t panic at the half-race.
Swam that 100 breast like a veteran.

MCMFLYGUY
6 years ago

hey isn’t there a 15 m rule in the breast stroke?! 🙂

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  MCMFLYGUY
6 years ago

answer lies above , check it out .

mcmflyguy
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
6 years ago

yes yes I know, I was just playing around since I saw it about 10 times.

Kylecw
6 years ago

Does anyone else think it’s that unlikely that in 2016 either Reece Whitley or MA will be the second breaststroker behind cordes?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Kylecw
6 years ago

why thinking about that so far away ? doesn’t matter at this point . It’s what they will improve before june 2016 that counts .

Kylecw
6 years ago

It just doesn’t seem improbable. And obviously it would be exciting for the states to have such a young guy make it and begin to gain international experience.

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