2023 Pro Swim Series-Knoxville: Javier Acevedo Scratches 200 FR, Kibler Into ‘A’ Final

Sophie Kaufman
by Sophie Kaufman 3

January 12th, 2023 News



The most notable scratch for Day 2 finals is Canada’s Javier Acevedo, who’s scratched out of the ‘A’ final of the men’s 200 freestyle. Acevedo–who’s mostly known as a backstroker–clocked the eighth-fastest time in prelims in 1:51.38. It was a solid January swim for Acevedo, who’s lifetime best sits at 1:49.02 from 2018 Canadian Trials.

Presumably, Acevedo scratched the event to avoid a double and focus on the 50 backstroke, where he is the #3 seed.

With Acevedo out of the 200 freestyle, Drew Kibler draws into the ‘A’ final. The Tokyo Olympian and Worlds finalist posted 1:51.73 in prelims, which originally put him outside the ‘A’ final by .35 seconds. Even though this is the first meet of the year, it was still a surprising miss from Kibler, who last year moved his training base from Texas back to his club team of Carmel.

There’s a few other ‘B’ final scratches, including #11 Sean Grieshop in the 200 freestyle, and #16 Jack Dahlgren in the 100 butterfly.

Another notable ‘B’ final scratch is Louisville pro Zach Harting in the 50 backstroke. Harting began to show off his backstroke chops last year in a 50 backstroke swim-off with Hunter Armstrong, which he narrowly lost. He swam a 26.48 to grab the #16 seed for finals tonight.

The budding backstroker issued a statement about the scratch on Twitter, citing the time crunch between the 50 backstroke and the 100 fly (where he’s seeded third) as the reason for the scratch.

As first alternate Jordan Crooks, who’s in the 100 fly ‘B’ final, also scratched the 50 back, it’s second alternate Harrison Lierz (26.50) who will occupy lane 8 in the ‘B’ final.

Top 18 Full Scratch Report

Women’s 200 Freestyle

  • None

Men’s 200 Freestyle

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

  • None

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

  • None

Women’s 50 Backstroke

  • #10 Kiley Wilhelm (LIFE) – 29.38

Men’s 50 Backstroke

Women’s 100 Butterfly

  • #15 Miranda Tucker (TFA) – 1:02.10

Men’s 100 Butterfly 

Women’s 400 IM 

  • None

Men’s 400 IM 

  • #11 Will Scholtz (LAK) – 4:33.73
  • #17 Jakob Nissen (UMIZ) – 4:36.78

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1 year ago

He didn’t swim the 50 back either?

Drew Kibler
1 year ago

Let’s goooooo

Gummy Shark
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1 year ago

Is this the real Drew Kibler? @SophieKaufman or other SwimSwam admins, when will the “Blue checkmark” system for SwimSwam accounts be rolled out?

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Sophie Kaufman

Sophie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, which means yes, she does root for the Bruins, but try not to hold that against her. At 9, she joined her local club team because her best friend convinced her it would be fun. Shoulder surgery ended her competitive swimming days long ago, …

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