Will Swim Star Michael Andrew Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Michael Andrew shocked us all at the San Antonio Pro Swim opting out of the 50m free to focus on the 200m IM.  He was out fast in 200 IM final, touching in 54.75 at the 100.  He built his lead with 33.29 breast split, closing in a 1:58.05–enough for the win over Abraham DeVine and Andrew Seliskar.

  1. Michael Andrew (Race Pace), 1:58.05
  2. Abrahm DeVine (Team Elite), 1:59.65
  3. Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 2:00.59

Michael’s personal best is 1:56.83 from the 2020 Des Moines Pro Swim Series, one of the last meets before the coronavirus pandemic shut down competition around the world. His 1:58.05 in San Antonio is now the top time in the United States this season, and he climbs to 8th in the 2020-2021 World Rankings.

The other morsel of intel from the San Antonio Pro Swim was that Michael said he’s doing triple workouts. I understand with his USRPT method that may not be enormous yardage, but triples are still triples. Triple workouts are the domain of Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps. I was surprised to hear Michael Andrew‘s doing them–but he did add he’s a little concerned about doing three 200 IMs at Olympic Trials. Those triples might put him over the edge in Omaha at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Predictions

I’m a fan from Michael Andew’s early age group days. I want him to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 IM, but I don’t know if he can. I think he’s 1:55.9 to 1:56.3 for 2nd, 3rd or 4th place… And, if he pulls it off, he will be the first man in U.S. history to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 IM and the 50 free. 50 free? 21.4. 100 breast? I roomed with breaststrokers my entire career. I didn’t understand then, and I don’t now. But who cares what I think. What do you think? Give me your best expert swimming analysis.

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