In prelims at the Austin Grand Prix, 14-year-old pro swimmer Michael Andrew tied his own National Age Group (NAG) record in the 50-meter freestyle.
But that wasn’t good enough for the rising Kansas star. Before most of the crowd could so much as get up and leave the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for the morning, Andrew was back in the pool for a time trial, this time knocking another two tenths off his best to lower the record to 23.19.
The time between those two swims was somewhere in the ballpark of 8 minutes, making his double-record day more like a stand-up set in practice than a fully fresh meet competition. But Andrew, who trains using Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training, a topic of much discussion in the swimming community right now, seemed to thrive on cramming a lot of speed into a short time period.
Andrew was 23.38 this morning, qualifying tenth and earning another swim tonight. But Andrew took the opportunity to race one extra time, taking advantage of some clean water to pull off yet another NAG-record swim.
He will presumable swim the race one more time this evening, as he’s the second seed in the B final. Perhaps he’ll make it a three-peat on the same NAG record, which, even for Michael Andrew, is a pretty good day.