Double Gold, Triple Junior World Records for Michael Andrew

Double Gold, Triple Junior World Records for Michael Andrew

By USA Swimming  | Sunday, August 27, 2017

Complete Day 4 Results

Within the span of just over 45 minutes, Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) posted three junior world record swims and won a pair of gold medals on Saturday at the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships, presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., at the Indiana University Natatorium.

In his first swim of the night, Andrew claimed gold and equaled his junior world record time from Friday’s heats in the men’s 50-meter backstroke with a swim of 24.63. Just over 15 minutes later, he set his second junior world mark of the night in the men’s 50m butterfly semifinals in 23.27 to advance to Sunday’s final as the top seed.

“I think what was huge was really the excitement from the crowd. That’s what really fueled me through it all,” Andrew said. “To have them with me that last 10 meters where I needed it most was everything.”

In his final swim of the session, Andrew came back to win gold in the men’s 50m freestyle in 21.75, again matching his own junior world record set Friday morning.

“I just wanted to get under 22,” Andrew said. “To do that was amazing. I’m kind blown away by it; I didn’t really expect that of myself.”

In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Daniel Roy (Spokane, Wash./King Aquatic Club) was fourth at the 100-meter mark before closing quickly for the victory in 2:10.77. “If I stayed with them that first 100, and I came back on them hard I knew I was going to win,” Roy said. “It’s been a long year … and just to see how everything just pans out, it’s been great.”

U.S. teammate Reece Whitley (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Penn Charter Aquatic Club) touched just five-hundredths later for silver in 2:10.82.

Also grabbing silver for the United States was the men’s 800m free relay squad – Patrick Callan (Owasso, Okla./Trident Aquatics Club), Jack LeVant (Southlake, Texas/North Texas Nadadores), Carson Foster (Montgomery, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays) and Trey Freeman (Salt Lake City, Utah/Baylor Swim Club) – in 7:10.96 – just one-hundredth behind gold-medalist Hungary.

Zoe Bartel (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins Area Swim Team) claimed bronze in the women’s 100m breast in 1:07.63 to close out the Team USA medalists.

The six-day meet continues through Monday with daily prelims at 9:30 a.m. EDT and finals and semifinals at 6 p.m.

Live television coverage of semifinals and finals will air nightly on the Olympic Channel and via the NBC Sports App in the United States. Coverage of heats each morning is available via FINA’s YouTube page. 



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