Michael Andrew (swimmer)

Michael Andrew (born April 18, 1999) is an American competitive swimmer and the 2016 world champion in the 100 meter individual medley.

Michael Andrew
Andrew at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Personal information
National teamUnited States
Born (1999-04-18) April 18, 1999[1]
Edina, Minnesota, United States.[2]
Height6’6”
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBackstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, individual medley
CoachPeter Andrew[3]

Was formerly coached by his father in a two-lane pool in their backyard,[2] though has since moved to Los Angeles. He trains in a non-traditional way, using a method called Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT).[3][4]

Junior career

He won the gold medal in the 50 meter backstroke at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore, breaking the Championships record in both the heats and the final.[5] He also won the silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle and 50 meter butterfly events and reached the finals in four other individual events.[6] FINA named him male swimmer of the meet.[7]

Andrew has broken more than 100 National Age Group records (long course meters and short course yards combined), more than any other American swimmer.[8][9] He turned professional in 2013 at the age of 14, becoming the youngest American swimmer to do so.[10]

Career

At the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada, Andrew won the gold medal in the 100 meter individual medley in a time of 51.84. He also finished 9th in the 50 meter breaststroke, missing the final by a tenth of a second. He also contributed to the heats in both the 4x50 metre freestyle relay and the 4x50 medley relay, winning silver medals in both. He swam splits of 21.51 and 26.62, respectively.

Andrew qualified for his first senior long course team at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, winning the 100 meter breaststroke in 59.38.[11]


At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Andrew won gold in the 50m Freestyle.

Personal life

Andrew started swimming at age 7.[3] His parents, Peter and Tina, are South African natives who moved to America in 1997. The family moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2011.[2] Andrew has a younger sister who also used to swim.[12] His mother Tina appeared in the British and South African versions of Gladiators, as Laser and Sheena respectively.

Personal bests

Long course (50 m pool)

As of June 22, 2019
Long Course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle 21.46 2018 Pan Pacific Championships August 12, 2018
100 m freestyle 49.46 2019 World Cup - Singapore July 25, 2018
50 m backstroke 24.39 2019 Sette Colli June 21, 2019
100 m backstroke 53.40 2019 Sette Colli June 22, 2019
50 m breaststroke 26.84 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships July 27, 2018 NR, CR
100 m breaststroke 59.38 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships July 28, 2018
50 m butterfly 22.93 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships July 26, 2018 CR
100 m butterfly 51.53 2018 Pan Pacific Championships August 11, 2018
200 m IM 1:57.49 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series #3 - Richmond April 14, 2019

Short course (25 m pool)

Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m freestyle 20.94 FINA World Cup 2018 November 15, 2018
100 m freestyle 48.89 FINA World Cup 2016 August 26, 2016
50 m backstroke 23.11 FINA World Cup 2018 November 16, 2018
100 m backstroke 50.36 FINA World Cup 2018 October 6, 2018
50 m breaststroke 26.10 FINA World Cup 2018 November 16, 2018 NR
50 m butterfly 22.32 FINA World Cup 2018 November 17, 2018 NR[13]
100 m I.M. 51.16 FINA World Cup 2018 November 15, 2018

Legend: h = heats r = relay lead-off

References

  1. "Featured Bio Michael Andrew". USA Swimming. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  2. "5 GOLPRO SERIES". March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  3. "Michael Andrew is on a mission". ESPN. April 27, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  4. "Michael Andrew Signs Multi-Year Deal With adidas". Swimming World. June 12, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  5. "Michael Andrew Shaves Meet Record In 50 back At Jr World Champ Finals". SwimSwam. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  6. "Letter From America On The Prospects Of Maxime Rooney & Co Beyond Singapore". Swimvortex. August 31, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  7. "Swimming World Juniors, Day 6, Singapore: Gunes's blast would have earned her the title in Kazan as well!". FINA. August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. Keith, Braden (June 18, 2016). "Michael Andrew breaks Kevin Cordes' NAG record in 100 breast". Swimswam. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  9. "Swimming Phenom Michael Andrew Takes Different Path at Pool". ABC News. August 21, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  10. "Michael Andrew Turns Pro At 14 Years Old, Youngest Swimmer To Do So". Swimming World. June 12, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  11. https://www.teamusa.org/News/2018/July/29/Michael-Who-Michael-Andrew-Makes-Long-Awaited-Big-Splash-At-Swimming-Nationals
  12. "Another Michael set to make splash at Mesa Grand Prix". NBC Sports. April 23, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  13. Race, Loretta (November 17, 2018). "Michael Andrew fires off another American Record, this time 50 Fly". Swimswam.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
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