Videos of Michael Andrew's National Age Group Records

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 29

December 09th, 2011 National

Check out the videos below of Michael Andrew’s latest 11-12 National Age Group records from the Santa Claus Invitational in Fishers, Indiana on December 2nd, 2011. He broke the yards records in the 50 free (21.85), 50 fly (24.05), and 50 breast (28.09).

On a very basic level, the first thing you can see in all of the videos is Andrew’s confidence behind the block that seems to be at a level far above the average 12 year old (specifically, his competitors in these races). It’s also great to see him turn and shake hands with his competitors after his races.

In terms of the racing, he clearly gets a big advantage off of the blocks (as one might expect from a 6-plus foot 12-year old). His open turns definitely need some work, but that’s usually something that comes with age. Check out the videos below, and let us know what you think.

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Joe Augustine

Very interested to see how he develops. His body is still real lanky, so can’t wait to see him about age 14 or 15 when he really grows into himself and fills out some. Stroke technique is definitely there or else there’s no way he would be going so fast. Wish him all the best!

Wow!Cielesk start!His start is not just about his size.He shows a nice gliding momentum off blocks.Smooth strokes.His turn needs improvement.


Oh man, the kid in lane one for the freestyle video looks like he’s a whole foot shorter than everyone else. That’s awesome. Andrews’ finish in that race didn’t look fantastic, either.

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