Video courtesy of Coleman Hodges.
From our recap of the swim:
16-year old swimmer Michael Andrew has re-broken his own National Age Group Record in the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2015 Columbia Sectional Championships in Missouri on Friday evening.
Andrew swam 1:01.00, which improved upon his own 1:01.21 done in prelims of the meeton Friday morning. Prior to this meet, Andrew’s 15-16 age group record from earlier in the year was 1:01.67.
All-time top 5 in the age group:
- Michael Andrew 1:01.00
- Reece Whitley 1:01.86
- Carsten Vissering 1:01.94
- Chrstian Higgins 1:02.29
- Kevin Cordes 1:02.45
Andrew’s swim actually ties Vissering as the second-fastest by any American 18 & under, with both sitting behind Kevin Cordes’ 1:00.47 from the 2012 Olympic Trials after his freshman year of college.
Further, Andrew now occupies the four-fastest swims ever done by a 15-16. The next best is 15-year old Reece Whitley, who has been 1:01.86. While Whitley still has over a year to chase Andrew’s records in the age group, the elder is raising that eventual target higher-and-higher.
Last year, it took 1:00.77 to qualify for the U.S. Senior National Team in the 100 meter breaststroke.
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In the morning, Andrew showed improved front-half speed from the last time he broke the record. In the afternoon, he once again was able to get faster on the opening length to pull the record even lower.