CLEARWATER, Florida, March 27. AT the NASA Junior National Championship Cup in Clearwater, Fla., 14-year-old professional swimmer Michael Andrew clipped his own 13-14 National Age Group record in the 50-yard free with a 19.76.
Andrew’s time beat his previous record of 19.85 set earlier this year, which had been the first sub-20 by a 14-and-under.
Andrew and his family told Swimming World at NCSA Junior Nationals last week that he’s pretty much focused in on the 15-16 National Age Group records as goals, since he’ll be aging up in a few weeks. There’s little doubt he’ll have the 50-yard free 15-16 mark in his sights, as he’s just .22 off of it already. Ryan Hoffer of Scottsdale Aquatics holds that mark with a 19.54 from a year ago.
Last night, Andrew already crushed his own NAG in the 200-yard IM with a 1:45.29, beating the former mark if 1:47.42 set at the NCSA Junior Nationals just a week ago.