Video is courtesy of Josh Davis, managing director of the Mutual of Omaha BREAKOUT Swim Clinic.
Video edit – Coleman Hodges
Michael Andrew, in a semi-final race against fellow pro Josh Schneider at the American Energy Swim Club Pro-Am meet on Saturday, swam a 19.24 in the 50 free to break the National Age Group Record. He almost pulled off the victory over National Teamer and former NCAA Champion Schneider, but one stroke too long at the finish cost him victory and a chance at Jimmy Feigen in the final.
Report by Braden Keith
After breaking the 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 100 yard breaststroke for the third time in a week on Friday, Michael Andrew of Indie Swimming has gotten another record at this weekend’s AESC Pro-Am in Oklahoma City: that of the 50 yard free.
Andrew swam a 19.24 on Saturday evening, which bettered the mark done last year by Ryan Hoffer of 19.38. Hoffer made headlines of his own in Austin last weekend when he obliterated the 17-18 National Age Group Record in the 100 yard free.
Once this record is ratified by USA Swimming, it will become Andrew’s 14th current record in short course yards to go with 10 in long course meters among the recognized age groups. He holds more short course NAG Records, and more combined NAG Records, than anybody else (only Missy Franklin has more in long course).
Andrew’s new 15-16 record ranks as the 3rd-fastest swim ever by any USA Swimming junior (18 & under) swimmer.
Current fastest USA Swimming 15-16’s of all time
- Michael Andrew, 2015, 19.24
- Ryan Hoffer, 2014, 19.38
- Caeleb Dressel, 2012, 19.82
- Dylan Carter*, 2012, 19.94
- Vlad Morozov*, 19.96
- James Jones, 2014, 19.99
* – International
Andrew is faster at the same age than either Hoffer or Caeleb Dressel, who are currently the two fastest 17-18’s of all-time.
Andrew’s previous best time was a 19.76, done in March of 2014 at the NASA Junior National Cup in Florida.