Michael Andrew
Courtesy of: SwimmingWorld.TV
CLEARWATER, Florida, April 16. COMPETING in his final meet in the 13-14 age group, Michael Andrew kicked off the NASA Showcase Classic by lowering his 200-yard backstroke national age group record twice.

In prelims, Andrew posted a 1:44.02, taking more than a second off his previous record of 1:45.13. That was just a warm-up for what would follow in finals, where he broke through the 1:44 barrier with a 1:43.15.

Comparative splits:

Michael Andrew, March 9: 24.85, 51.47 (26.62), 1:18.15 (26.68), 1:45.14 (26.99)
Michael Andrew, April 16 a.m.: 24.27, 50.62 (26.35), 1:17.65 (27.03), 1:44.02 (26.37)
Michael Andrew, April 16 p.m.: 23.81, 49.53 (25.72), 1:16.35 (26.82), 1:43.15 (26.80)

Though Andrew will be 15 years old on Friday, he's allowed to continue racing as a 14-year-old that day and Saturday in Florida under meet rules. His 200 back today puts him within three seconds of Ryan Murphy's 15-16 national age group record of 1:40.90.

Andrew wasn't able to lower his national age group record of 19.76 in the 50 free, recording a 19.93 in prelims before dropping a 19.87 in finals.