Michael Andrew Throws Down 24.63 50m Back & 21.75 50m Free

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6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

August 23 - 28, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana
IUPUI Natatorium
LIVE RESULTS
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Likely with a sour taste in his mouth from an eighth-place finish in the 200m IM on Thursday night (2:07.27 -- eight seconds off his best), ​Michael Andrew​ came out guns blazing Friday morning in prelims of the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

First up, Andrew dropped a blistering-fast 24.63 in the 50m back -- a new world junior record and top seed by over 0.8 of a second. Great, right? He wasn't finished just yet, though. He followed up that performance with a 21.75 in the 50m free -- also a new world junior record and top seed by 0.6 of a second.

His 50m back ranks him eighth in the world this year, and his 50m free ranks him 11th. Not too shabby.

But where do those performances stack up compared to some of the other major meets this summer?


2017 Phillips 66 National Championships


50m Backstroke
1.) Justin Ress (WOLFNC) -- 24.41 
2.) Ryan Murphy (CAL-PC) -- 24.64
3.) Matt Grevers (FORDAZ) -- 24.67

50m Freestyle
1.) Caeleb Dressel (BSS-FL) -- 21.53
2.) Nathan Adrian (CAL-PC) -- 21.87
3.) Cullen Jones (WOLF-NC) -- 21.89


2017 FINA World Championships


50m Backstroke
1.) Camille Lacourt (FRA) -- 24.35
2.) Junya Koga (JPN) -- 24.51
3.) Matt Grevers (USA) -- 24.56


50m Freestyle
1.) Caeleb Dressel (USA) -- 21.15
2.) Bruno Fratus (BRA) -- 21.27
3.) Ben Proud (GBR) -- 21.43


2017 World University Games


50m Backstroke
1.) Shane Ryan (IRL) -- 24.72
2.) Justin Ress (USA) -- 24.73
3.) Youngjun Won (KOR) -- 25.06


50m Freestyle (Through semifinals)
1.) Italo Duarte (BRA) -- 21.93
2.) Ari Pekka Liukkonen (FIN) -- 21.99
3.) Katsumi Nakamura (JPN) -- 22.01

​Andrew has dominated the junior scene for quite some time now. When will he make the next step up?

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