LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Michael Andrew Races To TYR Pro Derby Title

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Michael Andrew for his 50 freestyle at the 2018 TYR Pro Derby at the University of Louisville.

Andrew was the winner of the $4,000 prize at the TYR Pro Derby this weekend, ending up at the top of the podium after racing through three tough rounds of competition. If you aren’t familiar, the TYR Pro Derby follows a shootout style format of 50’s, it begins with eight swimmers in the first round, with the top six swimmers advancing to the second round and the top four from there advancing to the finale.


Andrew was remarkably consistent over the three rounds and was one of the only swimmers in the field to drop time with each swim. He started with a 22.04 to qualify second out of the first round before grabbing the top spot heading into finals with a 22.03. He followed that up with a monster swim in the finals, dropping two-tenths to go 21.84 and narrowly get the win over Brazil’s Bruno Fratus.

While Andrew’s 50 free time from this week wasn’t the fastest from the TYR Pro Derby (that belongs to Fratus’ 21.74 from the first round of the Pro Derby), or even the fastest 50 from last week (that would be Vlad Morozov’s 21.47 from Russian Nationals), it was less than a tenth off of his lifetime best of 21.75. That is a huge swim for Andrew given the format of the event and the top flight competition he was able to hold, and should give him nothing but confidence heading into this summer.

Congratulations Michael Andrew on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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