Still Rolling: Michael Andrew Breaks 100 Breast American Record Again – 58.14

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Michael Andrew has been unbelievable in his first two races at these Olympic Trials, breaking the American Record again in semifinals of the 100 breast tonight. Swimming in the 2nd semifinal heat, Andrew blasted a 58.14, chipping another 0.05 seconds off his morning swim. The 2nd semi heat was incredible, with Nic Fink posting a new personal best of 58.50 to make himself the #2 American all-time in the event.

Andrew was under the American Record in the 50 breaststroke on his first 50 of the race. He touched the halfway mark in 26.83, 0.01 seconds under the U.S. Open Record of 26.84, a record which is held by Andrew, and was his personal best.

Nothing fundamentally changes in terms of rankings because of Andrew’s swim tonight, other than his time improving by 0.05 seconds. He’s still the #1 American all-time (of course), the #3 performer in the world all-time, and the #3 performer in the world this year.

Here is the updated world all-time top 5:

Rank Swimmer Time Country
1 Adam Peaty 56.88 GBR
2 Arno Kamminga 57.90 NED
3 Michael Andrew 58.14 USA
4 Ilya Shymanovich 58.29 BLR
5 Nicolo Martinenghi 58.37 ITA

Here is a split comparison between Michael Andrew‘s two American Record swims today, plus Nic Fink‘s semifinal swim tonight, and Kevin Cordes‘ previous American Record:

Split Michael Andrew, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials – Semifinal Michael Andrew, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials – Prelims Nic Fink, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials – Semifinal Kevin Cordes, 2017 World Championships
50m 26.83 27.05 27.73 27.41
100m 31.31 31.14 30.77 31.23
Final Time 58.14 58.19 58.50 58.64

The difference between Andrew’s prelims swim and his semifinals swim is that he took the race out more aggressively tonight. In fact, he took the race out so fast, that he swam a lifetime best 50 breaststroke in the process. He came home just a tick slower than this morning, but overall was 0.05 seconds faster.

2020-2021 World Top 5:

1 ADAM
PEATY
GBR 57.39 04/14 2021 BRITISH OLYMPIC SELECTION TRIALS
LONDON, GBR
2 ARNO
KAMMINGA
NED 57.90 05/01 2021 DUTCH NATIONAL TEAM TIME TRIAL
EINDHOVEN, NED
3 MICHAEL
ANDREW
USA 58.14 06/13 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS WAVE II
OMAHA, USA
4 NICOLO
MARTINENGHI
ITA 58.37 04/01 2021 ITALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
RICCIONE, ITA
5 NIC
FINK
USA 58.50 06/13 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS WAVE II
OMAHA, NE

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Chris
7 months ago

why didn’t they broadcast it?!!!!!

Mike Youhg
Reply to  Chris
7 months ago

i watched it… it was streamed on nbc online…
i don’t think nbc felt tv broadcast of a semifinal made sense. Swimming gets no respect

Idk
Reply to  Mike Youhg
7 months ago

I mean they showed diving instead so let’s calm down.

Mike Youhg
Reply to  Idk
7 months ago

You’re projecting….all calm on my end..

Tomek
Reply to  Mike Youhg
7 months ago

I tried to watch the rest of swimming on NBC sports app while being logged in with YouTube TV, after MBC switched to diving without any warning, and got “not authorized” access, spent close to an hour with YouTube TV customer service, they are still looking into what caused the issue 🙁

Sharkspeed
7 months ago

Does this mean he will go for the backstroke tomorrow?

Swimmer
Reply to  Sharkspeed
7 months ago

I hope not. He has other events to focus on

Last edited 7 months ago by Swimmer
PVSFree
Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

This likely bodes well for his 100 fly too, I want to see him go for that

anonymous
Reply to  PVSFree
7 months ago

He has to chose one of 100 fly and 200 IM

Lord farquad
Reply to  Sharkspeed
7 months ago

He will do a prelim swim

atohitotsu
7 months ago

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Last edited 7 months ago by atohitotsu
Texas Tap Water
7 months ago

Cody “Vlogger” Miller.

🤭

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
7 months ago

LOL😃

JasonG
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
7 months ago

Cody “I’m in the best shape of my life” Miller… I don’t know why, but I thought he would at least break a minute since he was so confident he was nearing his prime again. I hope he swims well in the 200 at least

Last edited 7 months ago by JasonG
Krishnasai
7 months ago

Where the MA haters at

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Krishnasai
7 months ago

behind the bushes

trains, shopping, and ekiden
7 months ago

We didn’t get to see these semis because, rather than offer universal healthcare, americans need to buy prescription drugs, from watching adverts all day

Megbert
Reply to  trains, shopping, and ekiden
7 months ago

the same people who want universal healthcare are the ones lining up for the big pharma covid shots 🙃

Deep end
7 months ago

1:54 incoming.

To piggyback off Braden’s comments on the pre trials podcast, I think the swim boomers would be even more big mad if Andrew goes 48 low and gets on the 400 Free Relay than if he gets a 200 IM WR.

I think by 2024 this dude is on the Olympic team in every 100 as a medal favorite (free-relay only).

Flamin Cheeto Hot Take: I will be surprised if he doesn’t go a 56 by September 2024 in breast.

PVSFree
Reply to  Deep end
7 months ago

No I think the 200 IM WR would break SwimSwam. Lochte epitomizes the old school “yardage is key” style of training – if MA were to prove that you can beat that AND break a WR from one of the GOATs with low yardage/high intensity work, I think it’d be awesome

DCSwim
Reply to  PVSFree
7 months ago

MA breaking Lochte’s record in this calendar year would for sure create a singularity

coachymccoachface
Reply to  PVSFree
7 months ago

Did we watch the same 400 free final?

Idk
Reply to  Deep end
7 months ago

48 low won’t get you on the relay or even finals this year.

Swammer
7 months ago

Soooo where does Fink’s 2nd 50 fall on the all-time list? That was nuts

Hot Diggity Dog
Reply to  Swammer
7 months ago

Probably right behind Peaty’s top twenty times haha

DCSwim
Reply to  Swammer
7 months ago

Fink’s been grinding for so long, and should’ve gotten a world champ medal all the way back in 2013 if it wasn’t for Cordes. I hope he or Wilson get second