In the future after setting an American document within the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals on the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., former Lawrence-based swimmer Michael Andrew achieved his lifelong aim of qualifying for the Olympics by profitable the occasion on Monday night time.
Andrew’s Monday swim of 58.73 seconds was not fairly as quick because the 58.14 seconds he swam on Sunday that beat the previous American document by practically a half second. But it surely was a lot ok to complete first (by .01 seconds) and earned him one of many two spots within the occasion at this summer time’s Olympics.
Andrew Wilson was second, simply one-hundredth of a second behind. Lacking out was Nic Fink, who settled for third in 58.80.
The feat got here one 12 months later than his unique aim of qualifying for the Tokyo Video games in 2020. However that was as a result of the video games themselves have been postponed due to the pandemic. Andrew got here oh so near qualifying in 2016, when he reached the finals in two occasions on the U.S. trials that 12 months however couldn’t ship a top-two end in both.
Contacted by the Journal-World shortly after the announcement that the 2020 Summer Olympics had been pushed back to 2021, Andrew stated the overwhelming emotion he felt on the time was reduction. The rationale was easy. Lastly understanding one thing concrete in a 12 months stuffed with uncertainty gave him extra time to reset his coaching schedule to deal with a run in 2021.
That paid off large time this week in Omaha.
Initially from Edina, Minn., Andrew made nationwide information by turning professional at age 14 in 2013 and was dubbed by NBC Sports activities as “the breakthrough swimmer of 2018” when he gained the 100-meter breaststroke at U.S. nationals.
He and his household moved to Encinitas, Calif., in December 2018 to raised put together for his push to the subsequent Olympics. Alt-hough the journey was delayed and featured some distinctive coaching adventures alongside the way in which, all of it seemed to be price it on Monday.
Shortly after touching the wall and seeing his title within the prime spot on the scoreboard, Andrew set free a howl of pleasure whereas nonetheless within the water.
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for July 23. The swimming occasions are set to start the subsequent day and the finals of the lads’s 100-meter breaststroke are slated for July 26.
Andrew entered Omaha because the world’s No. 6-ranked swimmer within the occasion.