2018 COLUMBIA SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- March 8th-11th, 2018
- University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- 25 yard (SCY) course
- Live results available on MeetMobile, search “2018 Region VIII Speedo Spring Sectionals”
18-year old professional swimmer Michael Andrew has already swum at least 4 best times in yards this week at the Columbia Sectional Championships, including an 18.91 in the 50 free on Saturday. That improves upon his best time of 19.17 done 3 months ago and makes him the 3rd swimmer in history to go sub-19 in the event while still an 18 & under.
Check out videos of the race, taken pool-side, below. That includes one done by Josh Davis, who broke the USMS American Record in the 45-49 age group with a 20.99.
Congrats to @SwimmerMichael on going 18.91 in his SCY 50Free today! 13th all time! pic.twitter.com/lmqy4jDzfe
— Swimfluence (@Swimfluence) March 11, 2018
For reference: Dressel was 18.94 as a 17-year-old high schooler and 18.67 as an 18-year-old at NCAAs.
Big congrats to this guy. He keeps looking more and more legit as an all-purpose sprinter. He is still finding his stroke and does not have Dressel- level starts, but he keeps working his way up there. And unlike some, I like that he will show up to swim at regional meets. The Olympics aren’t next month, and I’m sure it’s really cool to be a kid and watch someone swim 18.9 at your meet.
My only criticism-
I cringe when I see a sprinter take an extra stroke into the finish. In track, you sprint through the finish line. In… Read more »
I imagine the wall comes up very fast when a person goes that fast!
That’s an average speed of 5.4 MPH.
Yeah i wouldn’t know. Comes up pretty slow for me.
And I cringe when I read about someone judging a decision by a swimmer who had only a fraction of a second to make it. And what about MP’s short stroke in Beijing at the end of the 100 fly? Gliding is slooooooooow.
Was I stoked reading these comments? YOU BET I WAS!
Looks like it could’ve been faster with one fewer stroke on the finish.
I always hate to sound negative, because anyone doing this insanely good, but i think he could have gone faster. He took a stroke so close to the wall i think his head was about to hit the wall on that last stroke with his right arm. Seriously, pause the video on his last left stroke and you’ll think, “Well that’s got to be his last stroke”, but nope! He takes a really short stroke at teh wall. I think he had 18.8 or 18.7 in him. It’s still incredible….so mad props to the guy!
Yep, that’s the first thing we talked about in the warm down pool. He knew it right away. He basically said the same thing you did, maybe :18.7. Definitely feels that he feels he can go faster with fixing a few things, like the finish. Really proud of him!
Josh not to change the subject but regarding USRPT, what do you think of this for triathletes? I swam masters (200free/100fly mainly) for the last decade or so as well as high school. Now I am a 45-49 age group triathlete training for IM 70.3 worlds. I feel like I don’t want to spend more than 30-40min per session swimming as it is the least significant part of an IM timewise and my life is busy. If I adopt USRPT philosophy, would you have me swimming like a set of 15x 100 on 2min or 30x 50 on 1 min at race pace vs a higher volume based on moderate efforts (like most triathletes do)?
Wow that would make B final in Minneapolis
Well he’s collegiate age now
18.91? That would’ve been 3rd in prelims and 4th in finals last yr
Yes but MA’s fastest 50free scy 1 year ago was 0:19.31
Not sure why he is wasting his time swimming yards. He cannot swim college so all of his races should be in meters.
Racing is valuable. Lots of pros swim in yards meets
It’s basically training and just helping the little things so when he gets to the big pool he will drop more time.
I remember this yards/meters discussion elicited some comments like “LCM is a totally different sport than SCY”. Well, that is an absurd statement, and I’m glad for this comment to give me my moment to say so. Swimming is the skill. Not the pool. I watched Michael Andrew at the TYR meet in Atlanta two weeks ago, and later met him in the hallway. What a pleasant guy! I’m sure RPT benefits from “racing”, in any form, in any pool. Hence the name “RACE” pace training.
how would that be an absurd statement? it is totally different. In a 100 race there is 1 turn in LCM and 3 turns in SCY. In yards nowadays 50%-60% of the race is done underwater whereas in LCM this number is 20%-30%. LCM is also almost 10 meters longer. Olympics and every other race that matters are in long course meters pool for a reason. Your last two sentences are totally irrelevant but I guess username checks out.
Yes Usrptfan, I repeat that LCM and SCY are 2 different sports.
Janet Hu can beat Kathleen Baker in the bathtub in the 100 back while she finishes at best 1.5/2 seconds behind in the big pool. Just an example. Mallory Comerford can beat KL in the 200 free SCY while she finishes 2 or 3 seconds behind in LCM so far. Remember Austin Staab in the 100 fly too. So many examples. And Dressel’s 100 breast SCY isn’t exactly the same sport as Peaty’s 100 breast LCM. Dressel can beat Peaty in short course and I doubt he would finish better than 2 seconds behind in LCM.
However I don’t think that Michael Andrew is wasting his… Read more »
Geez. You sound like Bobo saying that Dressel was being ruined by swimming breaststroke on relays.
I’m really the obsession of some guys here.
That’s because you talk a lot when you have limited knowledge of the things you talk about.
Bono talks a lot, but I, for one, appreciate his commentary
Just because you talk a lot doesn’t mean you have anything of substance to say.
I might be missing it.. but is there a video of Davis? Is he int he same race as Andrew ? Thanks
Congrats to both! It’s funny, Michael Andrew’s dad has him in a meet every weekend. I would need some recovery time.