The move makes him the youngest American swimmer to turn pro in the history of the sport.
Comparisons to Michael Phelps are already being made. The 6’ 4”, 178-pound Andrew boasts 11 national age group records and he’s ranked 59th in the nation in the 50-meter free.
Michael began his first swim lessons at the age of seven, and after a month of training, he qualified for the state meet in the 100 free in his very first race.
Michael has been home-schooled since sixth grade. He trains in a pool in his family's backyard near Lawrence, KS, with his 11-year-old sister, Michaela, and their dad, Peter, as his coach. Using a new method of training developed by Dr. Brent Rushall, Michael trains two or three times a day for about 45 minutes each session, totaling to around 4000 yards (or the length of 40 football fields).
Michael isn’t the first teenager to go pro at a young age. As an example, Phelps turned pro as a 16-year-old. But when he did, he had already broken two world records and made it to the Olympics. Andrew’s long-term goal is to make the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but he still has a long way to go. Although he has made some amazing strides, he hasn’t quite made a cut worthy of entry into the U.S. World Championship Trials in Indianapolis later this month.
What do you think about Michael Andrew’s decision to go pro as a 14-year-old? Should he have waited until he was older? Or do you think this was a good move? Let us know in the comments!