Michael Andrew, 14, becomes youngest professional swimmer
Michael Andrew, a 14-year-old swimming star, signed his first endorsement deal, becoming the youngest swimmer in American history to turn pro, according to SwimSwam.com.
Andrew is home-schooled in Lawrence, Kan. and does not compete in high school competitions. He has broken 32 National Age Group swimming records since he first hit the pool. Andrew’s 50 free time ranks him 59th in the nation among all elite males.
With the endorsement, Andrew will not be able to compete in NCAA events in the future, something his father, Peter, considered before agreeing to the deal.
“We looked around at the NCAA, and we decided that this is a road that we want to go down together,” his coach and father Peter Andrew said on Sunday when we spoke via phone (as the pair were on their way to go fishing). ”And as far as high school, we’re home schooled so there’s really nothing to miss out on there.”
Andrew's deal came with P2 Life, which manufacturers a high-performance nutrition supplement. At 6-foot-4 and 178 pounds, Andrew is labeled as a swimmer with loads of potential.
Michael Phelps turned pro when he was 16 years old.
The young swimmer might be one of the best 14-year old athletes in the history of the sport, but he’s also been one of the most discussed. His product endorsement, the youngest ever signed by an American swimmer, will only serve to further increase the buzz, mystique, and hype surrounding the talented young swimmer. With only one exception among the male ranks, Michael Phelps, the path to elite swimming in the United States has traditionally taken swimmers through the collegiate ranks.