BROWN DEER, Wisconsin, February 1. SWIMMING in the 13-14 age division at the Schroeder YMCA A+ Meet in Brown Deer, Wisc., 14-year-old professional swimmer Michael Andrew took down three 13-14 U.S. National Age Group records this evening.
He started off the night with a 44.16 to win the 13-14 100-yard freestyle finale. Andrew split the 100 free 21.12, 23.04. That time crushed his previous mark of 44.73 set in during a time trial at the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am in December. Previously, Ryan Hoffer owned the record with a 44.81, with Andrew taking the record to a new stratosphere this evening. McFarland Spartan Sharks’ Daniel Kruger, however, posted a 45.03 to finish second behind Andrew, and move to third all time in the division.
Andrew then notched his second NAG of the night with a 54.80 in the 100-yard breaststroke finale. That swim cleared the 55.43 he posted last year as the old mark. He split that race 26.04, 28.76 en route to the sizzling time, and first under 55 seconds for a 14-and-under.
Andrew closed out a pretty amazing night of swimming with a 1:47.44 in the 200-yard IM. That swim eclipsed the 1:48.08 set by Gray Umbach back in 2009, as Andrew is quickly becoming the best 14-and-under swimmer of all time according to the record books. He split the IM 23.11, 26.42, 32.18, 25.73. With Andrew bypassing the college scene by signing a pro contract, time will tell if he can continue on a path similar to Michael Phelps, and make an impact on the national and international level. He’s definitely making noise regardless.