Michael Andrew Obliterates 13-14 National Age Group Mark in 200 Backstroke

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.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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