Andrew’s Consistency Paying Dividends In 50 Fly

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2023 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN’S 50 Butterfly — BY THE NUMBERS:

Notice: Choice to Non-Olympic occasions (50s of stroke) is the fifth and final precedence for group choice. Solely the highest finisher in every of those occasions will probably be added to the group (if there may be area). The second spot at Worlds will probably be given to a swimmer already on the group who certified within the corresponding 100 occasion, supplied they’ve an A-cut within the 50.

In 2018, Michael Andrew introduced that he had made the transfer from teen phenom to verifiable star. On the Nationwide Championships that 12 months, Andrew soared to victory within the males’s 50 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, and 50 fly. Within the fly occasion, he set a brand new championship file of twenty-two.93, beating Caeleb Dressel head-to-head. After having claimed that spot, Andrew completed a disappointing 4th on the 2019 World Championships, with Dressel successful the title. Final 12 months, Andrew completed 2nd to his rival by simply .03 and the pair went onto Budapest the place they made up two-thirds of the rostrum: Dressel successful the gold (22.57) and Andrew the bronze (22.79), his first particular person lengthy course medal.

If we attempt to base our picks off of final 12 months’s entries and outcomes we’d be in deep trouble. The #3 seed, Tom Shields, has not swum a protracted course meet since and the #4 seed, Coleman Stewart, has lately been appointed to the Duke Swimming and Diving workers after asserting his retirement. The #5 seed in 2022, Luca Urlando, has solely simply returned from shoulder surgical procedure, the #7 seed Maxine Rooney retired after the meet and the #8 seed, Camden Murphy, has not swum for the reason that 2022 Summer season Nationals.

Zach Harting (photograph: Jack Spitser)

Solely Andrew, the #2 seed in 2022, and #6 seed Zach Harting have swum a full season in preparation for this meet and whereas Harting did find yourself inserting fifth (23.81) in 2022 he didn’t hit the ‘A’ reduce. His 2023 season greatest is 23.98 from Fort Lauderdale and his private greatest, set within the prelims of the 2022 Trials, is 23.66. Andrew alternatively has been a modicum of consistency. He has had 4 swims at or beneath the ‘A’ reduce this season. In March, he swam 23.25 on the Fort Lauderdale PSS and has since lowered it, posting a 22.85 within the last knockout spherical on the Monaco leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour. A time that has him because the lone American within the World’s prime 25; #2 behind solely Russian Oleg Kostin‘s 22.62.

Andrew and Dressel have each fired off a number of 22-second instances of their profession, and determine to battle head-to-head right here as soon as once more. Though Dressel’s kind is a little bit of a query mark, if his pace is anyplace close to his greatest he’ll be within the hunt for the title.

Exterior of Dressel and Andrew, there are solely two different unretired Individuals with instances underneath the World Aquatics ‘A’ reduce contained in the qualifying interval: Finn Brooks and Shaine Casas.

Brooks, an Indiana College swimmer, hit a brand new private greatest and completed 2nd in Westmont with a time of 23.50, the place he additionally swam a PB within the 100 fly (53.05). Casas touched forward of him in 23.46, however for the reason that 200 again is the occasion earlier than and he’s the reigning Worlds bronze medalist in that occasion, it’s unlikely he races the 50 fly He may very nicely get the nod to swim it at Worlds ought to he make the group and nobody else on the group have the ‘A’ reduce (or he wins the 100 fly).

Matt King (photograph: Jack Spitser)

Texas Ford Aquatics has two swimmers close to the highest of the American rankings: Matt King and Tyler Sesvold. King, who joined the membership after briefly stepping away from Virginia, posted a time of 23.59 earlier this month and Sesvold touched the wall in 23.77 on the Westmont PSS.

Like within the 50 again, Ryan Held is close to the highest of the rankings however confidence in him swimming this occasion is larger. Whereas he didn’t swim it ultimately 12 months’s meet, he has swum it at each Professional Swim Collection this season. His season better of 23.76 is simply .08 away from his private greatest setback 6 years in the past on the 2017 Summer season Nationwide Championships.

Dare Rose (photograph: Jack Spitser)

Extra recognized for his backstroke, Hunter Armstrong has posted a sub-24 time, touching in 23.84 on the Mission Viejo PSS. It’s an off-event for Armstrong, however he has swum it at two completely different Professional Swim Collection this 12 months Additionally dipping underneath 24 this 12 months are Dare Rose and Jonny Kulow who each lately swam to new private bests on the identical meet: 23.87 for the previous and 23.91 for the latter.

Shock ‘A’ finalist from final 12 months Dalton Lowe has not swum the 50 fly this season however holds a private better of 23.74 within the 50 and 52.61 within the 100. The highest American within the 100 fly at NCAAs (sixth), NC State’s Aiden Hayes has a private better of 23.88 from 2022. Thomas Heilman, who was picked as the highest breakout candidate for 2023, posted instances within the 2022 Trials comfort last of 24.19 within the 50 fly and 53.07 within the 100 fly, and he’s since dropped that 100 time right down to 51.98.

SwimSwam’s Picks:

Darkish Horse: Luke Miller – Much less of an unknown title and extra of an unknown if he’ll swim it, Miller has a greatest time of 24.20 from the Knoxville PSS held in January. Eventually 12 months’s trials, the NC State swimmer was entered in each the 200 free and 50 fly, which fell on the identical day however ended up DNS-ing them. He hit private bests within the 100m fly (52.06), within the 50 yd. free (19.31) at NCAAs and cut up 18.59 within the 200 free relay, so his sprinting potential is actually there. Whereas he nonetheless has a methods to go to the ‘A’ reduce, if he swims it, he could possibly be in for a shot on the A-final.  

See all of our choices for the 2023 U.S. Nationals with the SwimSwam Preview Index right here.



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