Will Swim Star Michael Andrew Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Michael Andrew shocked us all at the San Antonio Pro Swim opting out of the 50m free to focus on the 200m IM.  He was out fast in 200 IM final, touching in 54.75 at the 100.  He built his lead with 33.29 breast split, closing in a 1:58.05–enough for the win over Abraham DeVine and Andrew Seliskar.

  1. Michael Andrew (Race Pace), 1:58.05
  2. Abrahm DeVine (Team Elite), 1:59.65
  3. Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 2:00.59

Michael’s personal best is 1:56.83 from the 2020 Des Moines Pro Swim Series, one of the last meets before the coronavirus pandemic shut down competition around the world. His 1:58.05 in San Antonio is now the top time in the United States this season, and he climbs to 8th in the 2020-2021 World Rankings.

The other morsel of intel from the San Antonio Pro Swim was that Michael said he’s doing triple workouts. I understand with his USRPT method that may not be enormous yardage, but triples are still triples. Triple workouts are the domain of Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps. I was surprised to hear Michael Andrew‘s doing them–but he did add he’s a little concerned about doing three 200 IMs at Olympic Trials. Those triples might put him over the edge in Omaha at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Predictions

I’m a fan from Michael Andew’s early age group days. I want him to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 IM, but I don’t know if he can. I think he’s 1:55.9 to 1:56.3 for 2nd, 3rd or 4th place… And, if he pulls it off, he will be the first man in U.S. history to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 IM and the 50 free. 50 free? 21.4. 100 breast? I roomed with breaststrokers my entire career. I didn’t understand then, and I don’t now. But who cares what I think. What do you think? Give me your best expert swimming analysis.

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Amit
5 months ago
GMM
Reply to  Amit
5 months ago

Braden fixed and put me in swimswam jail 😞

Sam B
Reply to  GMM
5 months ago

why does it say 2019?

Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

Yes. Period. Full stop.

Team Chlorine
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

Definitely no full stop.

fertilecrescent
Reply to  Team Chlorine
5 months ago

Excuse me. A man said “full stop” and you DARE not “full stop”? You need a lesson in ettiquette. This man declared that there would be no debating, no follow-up questions, no conversation, and that his opinion is the only one that anyone should consider. It’s “full stop” and that means “full stop.” Period. Full stop.

Marsh
Reply to  fertilecrescent
5 months ago

Period.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  fertilecrescent
5 months ago

Not just “a man,” but a 21.27 50 man. That’s a man’s man, a masculine man, a man’s kinda man. So I think the SwimSwam commentariat can pump the brakes.

Bruno Fratus
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

Just a big MA fan here.
And I’m down for verifying profiles here, Mel!! Comment section is too much fun the way it is but it could be even better if we start commenting with our own names.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

I’m a big fan, Bruno, and even now an even bigger fan now that you’re officially a swimswam commentator

Bruno Fratus
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

Always been here 👀
But now with my own name

Tina Andrew
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

Bruno I agree conversations would be way better commenting with own names. Way to lead the way on this (and thank you for your unashamed supporting Michael). Mel – for what it counts, I am with Bruno! I vote for commenting with our own names. Open and transparent commenting (at least experiment with it!) I believe it can very possibly even grow this site and our sport as all the cowards hiding behind anonymity creating so much destruction, won’t spew destructive garbage affecting athletes mental game. Productive honest and open transforming dialogue is so much more refreshing. There is a place for anomymity when corruption or scandals are exposed, but if anyone can make it work both ways, you guys… Read more »

fertilecrescent
Reply to  Tina Andrew
5 months ago

Oh, people with power and voice in swimming want to be the only ones who have power and voice?

Why am I not shocked?

Requiring named commenting gives the powerful more power. We’ve seen how that works in this sport, when the powerful have all of the power.

Besides: you think if SwimSwam makes everyone comment under their name the anonymous commenting is going to stop? No. Someone’s just going to start up a whole new forum that’s going to be completely unmoderated. I think SS does a pretty good job of keeping things on topic and from getting too personal. If pro athletes can’t handle criticism, then they should choose a different career path.

There is no sporting industry… Read more »

Stan Crump
Reply to  fertilecrescent
5 months ago

Never really thought of that. Good point. The other thing I thought about was that we won’t hear what people really think if we attach names to it.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Tina Andrew
5 months ago

I think the downside you’re not considering is that anonymity doesn’t create the “destructive garbage…” that’s just the internet creating it…need proof? Let me introduce you to facebook.

On a site like this, some of the main downsides of name requirements would be emboldening a-holes, pushing a lot of valid opinions to the side from folks who for one reason or another don’t want to put their name on things, and opening the door for varying levels of sports shaming/bullying (ie. your opinion doesn’t matter because you were only x level of swimmer).

IMO, this is actually a pretty civil corner of the internet all things considered

Taa
Reply to  Tina Andrew
5 months ago

They already delete some comments. Don’t ask me how I know. I vote for free speech and we do just fine policing ourselves for most part. I think we should have some discussion forums on here.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

This is a very good idea! Braden, is this possible?

Yabo
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 months ago

Can non named ppl get verified too pls I want a golden star like Steve

#MFan
Reply to  Yabo
5 months ago

I don’t support Golden stars or Golden bears. I want a Wolverine next to mine.

SkiSki
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 months ago

Please that would be awesome

Stan Crump
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

Please don’t make this like Twitter, ie, banning people for speaking their mind!

Comet
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

the same twitter that stiffles free speech no way !

SkiSki
Reply to  Bruno Fratus
5 months ago

Guys I think we should listen to Bruno here

Togger
5 months ago

Be interesting to see whether he tries to switch to a more conventional pacing strategy.

A number of the guys who’ll probably be on his tail that last 50 are elite 200 freestylers (Lochte, Foster, Seli), will MA try to just give himself a huge buffer or ease off the first 150 a little bit to give himself a better chance of matching their freestyles?

PVSFree
Reply to  Togger
5 months ago

I think he’s gonna swim his own race. His freestyle is relatively slow because his breathing seems to mess with his body position/rhythm. That’s why his 50 is world class but he doesn’t have a good 100; he doesn’t need to breathe in the 100. If he gets caught up in what the people around him are doing, he’s not gonna swim as fast. He’s just gonna blast the first 150 and hold on for dear life

Rafael
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

Like Pereira and lochte dying in Rio?

Jay Ryan
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

Bingo! You’re exactly right on this point. A blind man can see how his breathing pattern disrupts his stroke when he is tired on his last 50. Fixes could be as simple as focusing on early exhalation (purging) after each breath coupled with breathing with his head cocked a bit forward. Training a bit more for some distance might help, too.

Riccardo
Reply to  Jay Ryan
5 months ago

He is also relatively worse in every 100 of stroke compared to the 50. I wouldn’t say it’s just technical, freestyle is just where the technical piece is obvious.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Riccardo
5 months ago

I totally agree. His freestyle in the 200 IM screams out “Air Hunger!”

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Jay Ryan
5 months ago

He does other things though that contribute. Many times he won’t breathe the first 5 or 6 strokes of fly off the start —- pointless. He might even consider no pull-out on the breast, a la Molly Hannis. Air saved in either place could go a long way for that last 50.

PVSFree
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

Doesn’t need to breathe in the 50** I’d be impressed if someone could sprint 100 no breath!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Togger
5 months ago

The real danger to both of them is the insane front 150 MA and Casas could have. Obviously Casas would have a lot better free, and MA a better breast, but if they both approach the race as B’s out from the start (which both have been known to do), they run the risk of killing each other.

Khachaturian
5 months ago

He has the best chance in the 50 free. I can see him going a 21.6 to earn second place behind Dressel

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Khachaturian
5 months ago

Why wouldn’t he go 21.4? That’s his best time, right?

MX4x50relay
5 months ago

I could see him making this in 50 free 100 breast 2 IM

Irish Ringer
Reply to  MX4x50relay
5 months ago

Great chance in each, not a lock, but looks good in each of those races.

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
5 months ago

Out of the 100 Breast, 50 Free, and 200 IM, I say at most he makes 2 events, and at worst he sneaks in with 1. He didn’t hit his taper well last world champ’s and with pressure and competition (particularly in the 1 breast and 2 IM), I find it hard to see him making all 3.

ibelieve
Reply to  Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
5 months ago

I think this is probably the right answer. I think he definitely makes it in at least one of his three strong events, but I can’t really see him making it in all three – Trials is so tough.

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
5 months ago

Based on his training schedule / philosophy MA most likely raced too many events too many days in a row at the last FINA World Championships. He has issues with prelims / semis / finals formats when racing more than 3 days in a row. He put together a string of great 50’s (Top 8 in various strokes) but failed to grab a medal.

This played out at bit when MA raced at JNATS and ZONES meets growing up too. If he doesn’t swim a packed schedule and instead allows for some “off” and lighter days then I would bet he grabs an Olympic spot or up to three.

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
5 months ago

While more of a long-shot I would be curious to see peoples thoughts on a 4th possibility in the 100 fly. Obviously Dressel would get the nod for first, but he’s not too far out of the running here. Best time is 51.33. You’ve got Conger at 51.00 and Shields is always a possibility. Rooney is solid at 50.68 and Seliskar is 51.34. Jack Saunderson at 51.36…but we’re only getting slower from there. From what I see, MA is top 5 out of people I can see. He could definitely final in the 100 back as well…but I think that’s about all he could do there.

Yyy
5 months ago

Michaels been 1:56 at Des Moines

GMM
Reply to  Yyy
5 months ago

😞 so much swim shame for screwing up the PB

Tomek
5 months ago

He has a chance in 50 free and 100 breast, I do not think he will make it in 200 IM.

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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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