American Michael Andrew Triples And Takes Center Stage On Day Four Of FINA World Junior Championships

By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 26, 2017—Michael Andrew, the youngest male in U.S. Swimming history to turn pro at age 14, is making a name for himself four years later.

On Day Four of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Saturday at Indiana University Natatorium, Andrew broke one world junior record and tied two more.

He won the 50-meter backstroke, tying his own world junior and meet record in 24.63.

In the 50-meter butterfly semifinal, he swam 23.27, another world junior record. He also broke his own meet record of 23.48 he swam in prelims.

Thirty minutes after his first swim, he won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.75, tying his world junior and meet record he swam in Friday’s semifinals.

In Florida Gold Coast swims:

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander of Venezuela was 32nd in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:22.70

Miami Columbus senior Brandon Vives of the Dominican Republic was 57th in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.96.

St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Izaak Bastian, 16, representing the Bahamas was 27th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:21.09.

Azura Florida Aquatic’s Amarsanaa Ganbaatar of Mongolia was 54th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:47.16.

Among Saturday’s top meet performances:

Hungary knocked off favorite USA by 0.01 seconds in a world junior and meet record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Ajna Kesely of Hungary won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:06.72.

Ireland’s Mona McSharry knocked off top-seed Faith Knelson of Canada to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.10.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee broke her own world and meet record (25.51) to win the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 25.46.

Miku Kojima of Japan won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.42.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries. The meet concludes on Monday.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.



50-meter butterfly: 1. Rikako Ikee, Japan 25.46, world junior and meet record, 2. Sara Junevik, Sweden 26.18, 3. Rebecca Smith, Canada 26.22.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Mona McSharry, Ireland 1:07.10, 2. Faith Knelson, Canada 1:07.47, 3. Zoe Bartel, USA 1:07.63.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 4:06.72, 2. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 4:08.33, 3. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, Russia 4:08.73.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Miku Kojima, Japan 2:12.42, 2. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 2:12.64, 3. Cyrielle Duhamel, France 2:13.31.


200-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, USA 2:10.77, 2. Reece Whitley, USA 2:10.82, 3. Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia 2:10.90.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Michael Andrew, USA 24.63, world junior and meet record, 2. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 25.30, 3. Kacper Stokowski, Poland 25.38.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Andrew, USA 21.75, 2. Maxime Grousset, France 22.25, 3. Leonardo Deplano, Italy 22.31.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Hungary 7:10.95 (Richard Marton, Kristof Milak, Balazs Hollo, Nandor Nemeth), world junior, meet record, 2. USA 7:10.96, 3. Russia 7:11.39.

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