Michael Andrew Rattles American Record; Lilly King Powers to 1:05.4 in 100 Breast at TYR Pro Swim Series Indianapolis

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

After putting himself as the fastest American this year in the 100 breaststroke this morning, Michael Andrew followed that up with a near-American record on Thursday night of the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis. Andrew swam a 58.67 to just miss Kevin Cordes’ American record of 58.64 from 2017 as the time is faster than his morning swim of 58.8 that was the Pro Series meet record.

Andrew was out in 27.32 and back in a 31.35 as he is now ranked fourth in the world for 2021, jumping Ilya Shymanovich and James Wilby after he was sixth in the world this morning. The time is also a US Open record as Andrew took down Cordes’ 58.74 from the 2017 US nationals. Andrew has long been one of the rising stars in the sport of swimming, tearing up the national age group record books and turning professional at 14. Now at age 22, he is in prime position to make his first Olympic team and fulfill his legacy as a great age group swimmer with a potential spot in Tokyo.

2021 World Rankings Men’s 100 Breast

  1. 57.39, Adam Peaty, GBR
  2. 57.90, Arno Kamminga, NED
  3. 58.37, Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA
  4. 58.67, Michael Andrew, USA
  5. 58.68, Ilya Shymanovich, BLR
  6. 58.76, James Wilby, GBR
  7. 58.95, Fabian Schwingenschlogl, GER
  8. 59.11, Kirill Prigoda, RUS
  9. 59.18, Shoma Sato, JPN
  10. 59.21, Yan Zibei, CHN

Andrew finished ahead of Alex Evdokimov (1:00.83) and Tommy Cope (1:00.88) in the process while Jorge Murillo was fourth (1:01.23), who was pushing for the FINA A standard of 59.93. Andrew is one of five American swimmers to break 1:00 this year in the 100 breaststroke.

Andrew on his race: “I think if I had swum this evening as clean as I did this morning, I could have gone 58.3. There were a ton of mistakes, I was short on my turn and my foot broke on the surface on the breakout to come home. So there were a few things that I would have liked to have done differently but I felt really strong. Coming down the stretch, I didn’t think I would be going 58.6, so I’m happy with that. I’m a little bummed I didn’t get an American record, that’s what I was going for, but I’m happy with it.”

Results:

  1. Michael Andrew, 58.67
  2. Alex Evdokimov, 1:00.83
  3. Tommy Cope, 1:00.88
  4. Jorge Murillo, 1:01.23
  5. Valdas Abaliksta, 1:01.26
  6. Miguel Chavez, 1:01.58
  7. Ben Cono, 1:01.97
  8. Luke Rodarte, 1:02.01

In the women’s race, Lilly King won with a 1:05.47, missing her own season best of 1:05.32 as she has the fastest time in the world on the march to become the first woman to win back to back Olympic gold medals in the 100 breaststroke. King had a two second advantage over Emily Escobedo (1:07.66) and Miranda Tucker (1:07.71) as Escobedo has been a 1:07.1 this season and will be a big factor in the 200 breast, while Tucker lowered her season best of 1:07.9 to sit seventh in the national rankings.

King on her race: “I honestly wasn’t thinking a whole lot, I just wanted to go out, not look to either side of me and finish hard.”

Bethany Galat was fourth in a return to her home state with a 1:08.26 while Jinq en Phee tied the FINA B cut with a 1:09.08. She represents Malaysia internationally and is training for her second Olympics.

Results:

  1. Lilly King, 1:05.47
  2. Emily Escobedo, 1:07.66
  3. Miranda Tucker, 1:07.71
  4. Bethany Galat, 1:08.26
  5. Jinq en Phee, 1:09.08
  6. Lindsey Kozelsky, 1:09.49
  7. Ella Nelson, 1:09.73
  8. Hannah Bach, 1:10.81

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