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.