What Will Michael Andrew Swim at the 2022 World Championship Trials?

I know. USA Swimming is calling the April 26-30th Greensboro, NC meet the International Team Trials, but it’s a FINA World Championships selection competition. So what will Olympic gold medalist  Michael Andrew be swimming? That’s a tough question. The scheduled is crowded with 50s, and Michael loves racing 50 meters.

At the Pro Swim Westmont Michael dropped:

  • 59.05 – 100m breast – gold
  • 51.74 – 100m fly – gold
  • 21.73 – 50 free – gold

All solid swims for Michael. For some context,  Caeleb Dressel, training under Coach Anthony Nesty, is broken-down and in the hole until taper-time.  Dressel said he was okay with that, that he was happy with his swims. Shaine Casas, training with Coach Eddie Reese‘s Texas Pro Team, swam fast, even winning the 100 free, and Casas kept Michael honest in the 100 fly, touching second in 51.77.

Looking back at the Indy Pro Swim in 2021, about month out from Olympic Trials, Michael swam:

  • 58.6 – 100m breast
  • 50.8 – 100m fly
  • 1:56.8 – 200m IM

For the 2024 Olympic Trials Michael said he’s focusing on core events, 100 beast, 200 IM, 50 free, and it sounds like he wants to swim 100 fly as well.  But this is World Champs…with all those 50 sprints. What do you think Michael will swim, and how fast will he go? This is my prediction for the World Champ Trials Greensboro schedule:

Day 1 – 100 free? I don’t think so. This is a hot tub day for Michael.

Day 2 – 50 fly? Yes, Michael drops a 22.78 for a new PB. Dressel wins with a 22.62 (though I would love to see a 200 free from Dressel).

Day 3 – 100 fly and 50 breast? I think Michael might do this crazy double. The 100 fly is first. I see a 50.60 for a new PB, touching behind Dressel, fighting off Casas.  50 breast is a 27.20 for the win.

Day 4 – 100 breast? Michael wins with 58.29.

Day 5 – 200 IM and 50 free?  I want Michael to swim 200 IM at every opportunity, but he drops this to stay fresh for the 50. Michal touches in 21.39 for a PB. Dressel gets his hand on the wall in 21.29.

But who cares what I think. What do you think? Give me your best expert swimming analysis.

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2 years ago

I want to see dressel in the 50br

Yun Sang
2 years ago


Aussie Crawl
2 years ago

Definitely the 150 IM for sure.
In all seriousness,I hope
He has worked on his base fitness.
To bring home a good freestyle.

Swammer Sam
2 years ago

For some reason there is a lot of talk about Michael Andrew doing really well in the fly races but you have to remember that Caeleb Dressel is not going down without a fight. (it should be easy for him too)

tea rex
2 years ago

Can anyone link to event schedule? I can’t find it anywhere!

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

World Champ Trials?

tea rex
Reply to  tea rex
2 years ago
tea tex
2 years ago

Is there a schedule??? I can’t find it anywhere. Pleas link!

Tommy Schmitt
2 years ago

Labelling the 100fly & 50 breast as “crazy double” is low-key taking the piss at MA 😂

2 years ago

Mel: I realize this seems small in the big picture, but I thought I’d just reach out and say I’ve waited now over 12 hours for someone, either on your staff, your other readers, or your computer self-check to see in the first paragraph: last sentence the schedule is “crowded” not “crowed”.

anyone know why these are the EARLIEST ever help World championship team trials ever since they began in ’73? (that is, when the champs are taking place in the Northern Hemisphere summer months). Has USA swimming by any chance ever explained why holding a selection meet the very end of April, for worlds, and almost just too far late after NCAA’s and high schools have likely already gotten… Read more »

Thomas Selig
Reply to  Parker528
2 years ago

The original dates were set when Worlds we’re planned for Japan in May, so April was the only possible window really.

I’m not sure why Trials weren’t moved when Worlds were, but presumably not easy to move Trials at such short notice?

Reply to  Parker528
2 years ago

I’ve waited 8 hours for you to correct the spelling error in paragraph 2 sentence 2 (toss in a . too my guy run-on like ya read about)

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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