US Champs | Michael Andrew beats Caeleb Dressel in 50m Fly (with Videos and Interviews)

US Champs: Michael Andrew beats Caeleb Dressel in 50m Fly

The pressure was on after a tie between American Record holder Caeleb Dressel and World Junior Record holder Michael Andrew tied in prelims of the 50 fly. Andrew set the WJR mark last summer at World Juniors, but for the first time at a major meet, Andrew isn’t a junior anymore. The 19-year-old pro, who became the first swimmer to go pro at just 14 years old, lived up to the hype tonight as he earned his first roster spot for a major long course international meet.

Andrew and Dressel were neck-and-neck. It was a toss up at the finish, but Andrew had a slightly better reach, touching in 22.93 to beat Dressel (22.97) by 4 hundredths. That’s a new Championship Record for Andrew, breaking the former mark of 23.05 set by Dressel at 2017 Nationals.

Andrew is now the 3rd fastest American ever in the 50 fly and owns the 4th fastest American performance in history. His former best was a 23.16 from last summer. Dressel’s American Record stands at a 22.76 from semifinals at 2017 Worlds.

Michael Andrew had set his goal as 22.80 in the 50m Fly.

See the videos of before the race, the race, afterwards:

The Big League

The 50m Fly Race – USA Championships

The Post-Race Interview (1)

The Post-Race Interview (2)

Photos

Guess who won?

Photos courtesy SwimSwam / Mike Lewis