Swimming World Presents “Michael Andrew: Swimming’s Respectful Rebel”

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Swimming’s Respectful Rebel: A Feature on Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew turned pro at the age of 14. He embraced the non-traditional Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training. Despite his naysayers, the 19-year-old fully believes he’s doing what he needs to do to pull out his God-given potential. And he proved it this summer with his men’s high-point performance at nationals and a 50 free gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Andrew had 38 national age group records by 2013… at age 14. He wasn’t exactly a household name, but his peers and many coaches couldn’t help but notice the amphibious teen. Then, he grabbed the attention of the entire swimming community—and many beyond the pool—by turning professional at the age of 14.

Andrew had just made history by becoming the youngest male swimmer in U.S. history to turn professional. They knew it would cause a stir, but the decision was a straightforward one for the Andrew family.

In 2015, two years after turning pro, Michael was named Swimmer of the Meet at the World Junior Championships in Singapore after winning a gold, three silvers and a bronze. At the 2016 Olympic Trials, Andrew placed fourth in the 100 meter breast with a world junior record of 59.82. At his final World Junior Championships in 2017, Michael set the pool ablaze—breaking world junior records in the 50 free (21.75), 50 back (24.63) and 50 fly (23.22)—and taking gold in the three events. Momentum built with each summer.

To learn more about Andrew and his many accomplishments, check out the October 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!  Swimming World subscribers can download this issue in the Swimming World Vault!

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FEATURES

022 SWIMMING’S RESPECTFUL REBEL
by Annie Grevers
Michael Andrew turned pro at the age of 14. He embraced the non-traditional Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training. Despite his naysayers, the 19-year-old fully believes he’s doing what he needs to do to pull out his God-given potential. And he proved it this summer with his men’s high-point performance at nationals and a 50 free gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships.

026 FOR LOVE OF THE SPORT
by David Rieder
Kathleen Baker has always loved swimming. It’s been a motivating force that has helped her battle Crohn’s disease and that has led her to help others believe they can overcome their own medical challenges. And it’s a quality that she has shown throughout her career that’s included a world record, Olympic gold and silver plus medals of every color at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

030 A TRANSITION YEAR
by Dan D’Addona
College swimming may have lost the top two swimmers in the world—with Katie Ledecky turning pro and Caeleb Dressel graduating—but there will still be plenty of storylines to follow this college season.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DON WATSON
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: ISCA HALL OF FAME SUMMIT
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article reports some of the highlights and coach reactions from the International Swim Coaches Association annual conference, held Aug. 28-31, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Many coaches are now applying science to support their swimmers to swim faster and with fewer injuries.

016 TOYS FOR BOYS…AND GIRLS
by Michael J. Stott
Thanks to new and innovative equipment for training, today’s swimmers have enjoyed more productive workouts, resulting in faster swimming.

040 KNOW THYSELF…AND YOUR OPPONENT
by Michael J. Stott
A good race plan and an awareness of your opponents’ tendencies can help you perform at your best.

042 Q&A WITH COACH KAMI GARDNER
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN EMILY HAGEBOECK
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 UP & COMERS: MICHAEL PICKETT
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
032 PREP SCHOOL DIRECTORY
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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