Drew Kibler Talks Texas Training Ahead of Olympic Trials


Reported by Nick Pecoraro.

After becoming the 6th-fastest American all-time in the men’s 400 IM, 19-year-old Carson Foster hit a near-personal best in the 200 free, swimming a sub-1:48 season best of 1:47.59. Placing second and third in the event with sub-1:49 efforts were Drew Kibler (1:48.04) and Townley Haas (1:48.49). Foster’s swim, which was just off his 1:47.47 lifetime best from 2019 World Jrs, moved him into the Olympic relay conversation at No. 7.

2020-2021 US Rankings: Men’s 200 FR LCM

  1. Kieran Smith, 1:46.30 – 2021 Atlanta Classic
  2. Andrew Seliskar, 1:47.01 – 2021 PSS San Antonio
  3. Jake Magahey, 1:47.30 – 2021 Atlanta Classic
  4. Patrick Callan, 1:47.38 – 2020 U.S. Open Indy
  5. Caeleb Dressel, 1:47.42 – 2021 Atlanta Classic
  6. Julian Hill, 1:47.58 – 2021 SUN April Meet
  7. Carson Foster, 1:47.59 – 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite**
  8. Grant House, 1:47.69 – 2021 PSS Indy

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2 years ago

Dude’s a dude

Don Megerle
2 years ago

Nice to listen to someone give an interview without saying ‘you know’ over and over.

Reply to  Don Megerle
2 years ago

Or ommmmm

Reply to  Don Megerle
2 years ago

AMEN! A charming, informative, and uplifting interview!

2 years ago

Drew is the leader of this Texas team.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Don Megerle
2 years ago

I like a good Townley interview.

2 years ago

Anyone knows how fast was Haas prior to 2016 trials? That 1,48 from this past weeked gave me a very good feeling

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Mclovin
2 years ago

I believe his PB was 1:47-mid, but that was a couple summers prior so not a really good indication of how fast he was.

1:48 does seem likely to put him near his 1:45.0 PB this time around.

Reply to  Mclovin
2 years ago

1:47.86 (in early June)

The Original Tim
Reply to  Mclovin
2 years ago

At the 2016 Atlanta Classic in mid May that year, he was a 1:50.86. He took that down to a 1:47.86 in early June that year at the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite, then dropped down to a 1:45.66 at Trials.

2 years ago

Based on Eddie’s long term 200 magic, Kibler and Foster have to be considered as players, along with Townley. Gjertson, Davis, Goldblatt, Dusing, Rauch, Walters, Berens, Townley, Conger, Smith, all medaled in the 4×2 and the list should grow

Reply to  Enchantedrock
2 years ago

Absolutely! And add Maxime Rooney to your list of Longhorns watch at trials!

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

There shouldn’t be any shortage of 1:46 type guys at us trials. But USA needs to find a couple more 1:45s to be in the gold conversation for the relay. Hopefully a couple of these Texas guys can get down there.

Reply to  Svird
2 years ago

145…… yeah let’s hope not In order to be able to keep up with Great Britain we’re gonna need at least one or two people to go 44 mid if not a 43

Reply to  Swimfish87
2 years ago

Yeah probably. For USA to win gold we’ll probably need at least two sub 1:45s to keep pace with GB.

But I’m talking about the 3-6 spots. We can’t afford a bad 1:47 split or something like that. Even a 1:46 will make it pretty hard for us to stay up with GB.

Gone are the days where US could afford a mediocre split on this relay and win anyway due to Phelps dropping a 1:43 lol

Reply to  SVIRD
2 years ago

Will they take 2 alternates? They must swim the alternates!!!! Weren’t they 7th in prelims in 2019?

Reply to  Swimfish87
2 years ago

Smith looks like he has the potential to go 1:44, or at least 1:45 (he was 1:46.30 in May, similar to Scott and Dean’s in-season times before going 1:44s at trials).
Haas split 1:43.78 at 2018 Pan Pacs, and hopefully he can be at least close to that this summer when it matters.
Seliskar’s best time is a 1:45.70 and he’s been looking good this season, and Pieroni split 1:44.98 in 2019.
GB still the narrow favorites over Russia/Australia/US as of now, but wait for Trials.

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