arena Swim of the Week: Javier Acevedo Continues World Cup Tear With 1:49.7 200 BK

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It wouldn’t be the correct wording to call Javier Acevedo‘s recent run of success a career resurgence—he’s been good all along—but the two-time Canadian Olympian has shown an incredible ability to consistently improve at an age where swimmers typically tend to plateau.

Acevedo has been on fire throughout the three-stop FINA World Cup circuit, which concludes on Saturday in Indianapolis. During the opening night of finals on Thursday, the 24-year-old broke a pair of Canadian Records in the men’s 200 back (1:49.74) and 100 IM (51.38) to continue his steady rise.

The 200 back performance in particular stands out as, coming into the series, he had only broken the 1:52 barrier once, and it appeared to be an event he was putting on the back burner as he continued to excel in the sprint backstrokes along with the individual medley events.

At the opening leg of the World Cup circuit in Berlin, Acevedo scratched the 200 back final to key in on his other events. It clearly worked, as he broke the Canadian Record in the 50 back (23.24), 100 back (50.16) and came within four-hundredths in the 100 IM (51.74).

Racing on home soil in Toronto last weekend, Acevedo put his full focus on the 200 back and it paid off, as he finished second to American Shaine Casas in a time of 1:50.76, knocking off his previous best of 1:51.47 and overtaking Cole Pratt (1:50.82) for the second-fastest swimmer in Canadian history.

Then, on Thursday in Indianapolis, Acevedo took another massive step forward, cracking 1:50 for the first time and taking down Markus Thormeyer‘s Canadian Record of 1:50.27 from November 2020.

Split Comparison

Thormeyer, 2020 Acevedo, Toronto Acevedo, Indianapolis
25.83 25.75 25.64
53.32 (27.49) 53.61 (27.86) 53.38 (27.74)
1:21.48 (28.16) 1:21.94 (28.33) 1:21.57 (28.19)
1:50.27 (28.79) 1:50.76 (28.82) 1:49.74 (28.17)

Now the national record holder in five different SCM events, Acevedo will be one name to watch next month as he’ll get the opportunity to race at the Short Course World Championships for the first time since 2016.

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3 months ago

Keep the momentum going Javi 🙌

"We've got a boilover"
3 months ago


About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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