Michael Andrew Breaks Junior World Record — Video Interview

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Race Pace Club’s Michael Andrew set a new Junior World Record in his last race of the arena Pro Swim Series meet in Indianapolis. He posted a time of 1:59.12 to break Gunnar Bentz’s mark of 1:59.44 from 2013. His butterfly split (24.83) was faster than Ryan Lochte‘s butterfly split  (24.89) in Ryan’s World Record setting race.

The time was good for third in the world rankings, and he ended up finishing second in the race after a late surge by Josh Prenot.

After the race, Andrew explained his reaction to the swim, particularly going out under world record-pace at the 50-meter mark, and described how his training has changed in the last eight months. He also discussed his relationship with Prenot.

While Andrew now holds the official Junior World Record, his time is actually well short of the fastest time in history by an 18-and-under swimmer. When he was 18 years old, Michael Phelps broke the world record in the 200 IM three times, eventually recording a time of 1:55.94 at U.S. Nationals in College Park.

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Thomas A. Small
7 years ago


Dr. Buky Chass
Dr. Buky Chass
7 years ago

I do not understand why they call Mr. Andrew’s time a world record while they know very well that Phelps was 18 when he set a Senior W.R with the time of 1:55.94. ? We know precisely when MP was born we have all the info on his 200 IM from 2003 so why is MA time the Junior World Record….???? It is obvious to me the the Junior WR is 1:55.94 and it belongs to MP and not to MA……..

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