Drew Kibler Now Training Full Time At Arizona State After Spending Past Year In Carmel

Yanyan Li
by Yanyan Li 58

August 22nd, 2023 National, News

On Tuesday, Drew Kibler confirmed to SwimSwam that he was now training full-time with the pro group at Arizona State University, which is located in Tempe, Arizona. This move comes after he spent the last year training at his old high school swim club Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Indiana under Carmel head coach Chris Plumb. He previously said in November 2022 that he was “all-in” on training at Carmel in the leadup to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Kibler had taken a visit to ASU in February 2023 during Carmel’s high school championship season but still trained with Carmel through the 2023 World Championships. He joins a massive training group at ASU that includes the likes of World Championship medalists Leon Marchand, Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland, Ryan Held, Regan Smith, and Simone Manuel.

From 2018 to 2022, Kibler swam collegiately and trained at the University of Texas. At Texas, he qualified for the 2020(1) Olympics and the 2022 World Championships. At the 2022 Worlds, he produced his best international results to date, finishing fourth in the 200 free with a 1:45.01 that still stands as his personal best time, and also helped Team USA win gold in the men’s 4×200 free relay. He moved from Texas to Carmel shortly after those Worlds.

Kibler finished third at U.S. Nationals this year in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.67, which qualified him for the 2023 World Championships as a member of the 4×200 free relay. He led off Team USA’s relay in prelims with a time of 1:46.44 but was not named onto the finals squad.

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Orange
11 months ago

Sellout. This is how he repays Plumb, the man who made him into who he is.

Coach Ryan
11 months ago

Doesn’t Smoliga train there as well?

GatorGuy
11 months ago

Id be curious if Summer will go to either UVA, Florida or ASU. Feels like florida is a better event fit but UVA has those girls churning and ASU has some of everything now.

Noah
Reply to  GatorGuy
11 months ago

She’s ineligible

FlynDie
Reply to  GatorGuy
11 months ago

Why’s she have to go to school in the US at all lol

Mike
Reply to  GatorGuy
11 months ago

As Noah mentioned she’s ineligible because she has been a pro since she was 14 and making money from the ISL

Fukuoka Gold
Reply to  GatorGuy
11 months ago

Why would she swim in NCAA lol.

ACgator500
11 months ago

At what point does USA swimming just put Bowman and Herbie on the payroll for training the Olympic team?

MSC
Reply to  ACgator500
11 months ago

Bob is coaching
1) Leon
2) Marchand
3 Hubert
4) Men’s ASU Team
7) Regan
8) Chase
12[-15 Everybody else.

tea rex
11 months ago

That is some serious ink on his torso!
I have a very serious question: when do these elite swimmers get their tattoos? You’re not supposed to go in the water for a couple weeks after, right? I want to get some things tattoos, but can’t find time when I plan to be out of the water (and I’m just an old masters swimmer!)

Riley
Reply to  tea rex
11 months ago

Yeah, it’s really just two weeks. You could easily slot it into a planned break after a taper meet. I was back in right at two weeks with mine.

The Original Tim
Reply to  tea rex
11 months ago

For me it was about a week out of the water after tattoo sessions, then light work in the water (e.g. kick workouts with an arm tattoo) for the second week, then back to full training after 2 weeks. I wrapped my ink with tegaderm while it was healing, otherwise I’d have stayed out for the full 2 weeks.

With the use of things like tegaderm and waterproof bandages, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the elites are getting back in almost immediately. Someone like Dressel or Ervin would’ve needed to be out of the water for months on end with the amount of ink they got, otherwise.

Xman
Reply to  The Original Tim
11 months ago

Dressel says he just wraps the hell out them and risks it.

Fred Bousquet said his artist used special ink but I have my doubts. Pretty sure he wrapped it.

I think it’s just asking to get a staff infection or an abscess.

Christopher
Reply to  tea rex
11 months ago

after worlds, nationals, or the olympics (or trials).. Not an issue whatsoever. You probably dont have to go the full 2 weeks either.

Christopher
Reply to  tea rex
11 months ago

for less complex work, like olympic rings (god willing), I’m sure you can apply a product to cover it and still swim depending on the location of course. I would still not get in the chlorine for 1 week post. Most tattoo artists will do a touch up for free if it fades within a few months for smaller tattoos.

Bud
11 months ago

Bro about to become a 200 IMer

Zippo
11 months ago

Drew Kibler, a swimmer with flair,
To ASU, he took to the air,
With Bowman to guide,
In the pool, he’ll stride,
Will he hit 1:44? We all stare!

maheny
Reply to  Zippo
11 months ago

who tf always upvotes this trash? pls tell me its zippos bots and not actual real human beings

Australia Kings
11 months ago

Next stop to ASU: Caeleb Dressel

Hswimmer
Reply to  Australia Kings
11 months ago

No way.

Miself
Reply to  Australia Kings
11 months ago

Urlando and Milak

mds
Reply to  Miself
11 months ago

Well, Urlando was there for a period in late spring and swam well in freestyles at the Sun Devil Open; as to Milak, ASU has long done well with Hungarians from Atilla Czene, Agnes Kovacs to Hubert Kos.Would be interesting.

Xman
Reply to  Australia Kings
11 months ago

No way he leaves the state of Florida or anywhere within driving distance of his hometown.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming by being her high school swim team's manager for four years. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in January 2022, where she hopes to contribute to and learn more about …

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