JENKS, Oklahoma, March 7. MICHAEL Andrew, the 14-year-old professional swimmer who has turned into a NAG Hunter with his regularly speedy swims nearly each and every weekend, did it again tonight at the Jenks Sectional meet.
Andrew clocked in with a sizzling 54.04 in the 100-yard breast, nearly breaking an astonishing barrier. That performance undercut his previous 13-14 national age group record of 54.80 set earlier this year. Andrew split the race 25.29, 28.75. Blair Bish (54.24) and Liam Holt (56.84) took second and third behind him.
Andrew owns a truckload of 13-14 national age group records with the top time in the age division in the 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM. With aging up to the 15-16 division right around the corner, his 100-yard breaststroke time isn’t far off Andrew Seliskar’s record of 53.26 from just last year.
Andrew just missed his 100-yard fly national age group mark with a 47.56 to win the event at Sectionals. That’s just off his 47.47 record from last year. Out of the seven 13-14 records he now owns, he’s set six of them in this calendar year. Robert Hemmingsen (48.13) and Jacob Molacek (48.38) earned second and third.
Meanwhile, Jordan Stout topped the women’s 200-yard free in 1:46.68 with Genevieve Pfeifer posting a second-place 1:49.42. Pfeifer is coming off winning the 1000 free last night. Hannah Musser earned third in 1:49.98.
Molacek, the first man under 53 seconds in high school competition in the 100-yard breaststroke with his national high school record a week ago, returned to action with a 1:36.59 in the men’s 200-yard freestyle en route to a win for Greater Omaha Aquatics. Justin Wu finished second in 1:37.43, while Sean Tate placed third in 1:40.97.
Olivia Calegan, just 14, popped a 1:03.17 to win the women’s 100-yard breaststroke finale, while Kayle Larson touched second in 1:03.56. Caroline Theil rounded out the top three in 1:03.93. Chelsea Tatlow topped the women’s 100-yard fly in 54.53, while Courtney Caldwell (54.76) and Hannah Musser (55.22) also made the podium.
Nicholas Alexander smashed the men’s 400-yard IM field with a 3:54.76, while Ethan Bresette took second in 3:58.62. Ryan Baker pocketed third with a time of 4:00.41.