New York Breakers, founded in 2019, based in New York is an American Professional Swimming Club that competes as a member of the International Swimming League.
When the 2018 Energy for Swim meet was officially canceled, Michael Andrew felt compelled to act against FINA. He risked his career and became one of the three named plaintiffs in the class-action suit against FINA filed late last year. Michael fully understood the risk of possibly not being able to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
After meeting Konstantin Grigorishin and further discussions at the 2018 ISL Summit in London, Konstantin offered Michael and his parents, Peter and Tina Andrew, the opportunity to start a pro team as part of the inaugural members of the International Swimming League as their passion and vision for the sport aligned.
New York Breaker's passion lies in creating opportunities for pro swimmers to be able to make a living doing what they love and to earn an equitable share of the massive revenues generated in Olympic sports.
It is a great honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to be involved in something that will create true lasting change and open doors for hundreds of children with dreams of becoming pros doing what they love. We are grateful for the sacrifice and financial investment that Konstantin is risking for Pro Swimmers and the sport of swimming.
Konstantin Gregorishin Co-Owner of New York Breakers and Owner of the International Swimming League (The mind behind ISL).
Born on 16 November 1965 in Ukraine.
A Ukrainian national, a business heavyweight in energy and heavy industry sectors in Ukraine, a philanthropist, a discerning art collector, a passionate swimming supporter…
K was a stranger to swimming until his son, Ivan, enrolled in a children’s swimming program at the age of eight and got hooked. K joined him in his hobby to keep company but mostly for the health benefits swimming turned out to have, as he discovered. The interest has since evolved into a genuine passion, sustained over the years, to be ultimately applied towards a groundbreaking endeavor on the global swimming scene.
In 2011 K formed and supported a children’s swimming community when they lived in Moscow;
On K’s initiative, the first dual meet between the teams of Dynamo (Moscow) – Meteor (Dnipro) was delivered in December 2012 for children aged 13-14. The meet, hosted in Dnipro, marked the launch of “Energy Standard Cup” annual junior series (the chronology of meets: http://energystandard.org/sorevnovaniya/kubok-energeticheskogo-standarta); each successive meet was designed to build on the progress of the preceding one (in terms of format tweaking, an ever-growing number of participants, media coverage, etc.
From 2013 to 2017 was a sponsor of Ukrainian Swimming Federation, a period that saw a rise of Ukrainian presence in international competitions, introduction of innovative approaches to athlete preparation; In 2014, K was elected to the position of Head of the Board of Trustees at Ukrainian Swimming Federation (effective at present);
In 2014, International Swimming Club “Energy Standard” was founded in Ukraine, whose mission is to promote the sport of competitive swimming in the spirit of true sportsmanship and fair play, develop swimmers of the elite class. Since its inception, the Club has seen the growth of athletes: Chad le Clos, Benjamin Proud, Sophie Mary Harvie, Georgia Davis, Anastasia Shkurdai, Mykhailo Romachuk, Sergii Frolov, Serhii Shevtsov, Denys Kesil, Maksim Stupin, Kliment Kolesnikov. The Club has recently signed Sarah Sjostrom.
Overall, over 250 athletes of various ages and backgrounds have benefited from the opportunities the Club has to offer: swimming camps at various locations, competitions, swimming gear, training with highly professional staff, etc.
From 2017 until the present – Energy Standard Group is an official sponsor of Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN);
K has directly experienced swimming from multiple standpoints: as an amateur swimmer (and father of a swimmer with professional aspirations), a healthy lifestyle advocate, a swimming club founder, a patron of national federation and partner of European swimming federation, a business-minded person with a background in sports;
Navigating the swimming scene over time, from a perspective of a business person K has realized the wealth of growth potential of the sport, yet untapped, and conceived the idea of swimming going forward adopting the format of inter-club team competitions, not unlike any other game sports. The idea was soon put to test to great success with “Energy for Swim 2017”, a high-profile meet in Rome that saw over 23 Olympic champions race for their charitable causes (www link). The meet excited a lot of interest from athletes, specialists and TV audience, it was streamed and watched by ___ viewers from ___ countries, in addition to a capacity crowd at the venue.
Following the meet, in November 2017, the concept was further refined and took shape of the project of International Swimming League, inspired and sponsored by K. The aim of ISL is to introduce a new format in addition to the existing ones – that of regular team competitions, which is expected to draw much more interest from TV audience, attract additional sources of financing to swimming, ultimately to the benefit of athletes, coaches, swimming clubs enabling them to achieve economic sustainability and performance potential.
Team Andrew, Peter Andrew, Tina Andrew & Michael Andrew
Peter Andrew (49), Michael (19), and Tina Andrew (46), the co-founders of the New York Breakers, are on a mission to change the sport of swimming. This trio has become the sport's most intriguing story of their generation.
Together, this dynamic team intends to live up to their Breakers moniker in every way. The team's name encapsulates the energy of the franchise. From the breaking waves of their laid-back West Coast home and their gritty New York 'whatever it takes' approach to building a powerhouse franchise in the world's most powerful marketplace, the Breakers are bringing waves of change to the sport of swimming. Most importantly, the name Breakers conveys the team's ongoing desire to break the mold, break the rules, innovate, and create a new definition of what it means to be a 'professional swimmer.'