Javier Acevedo is set to break onto the senior international scene after having represented Canada at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and 2015 FINA World Junior Championships. Acevedo’s first international medals came at the 2014 Australian Age Group Championships, where he stood on the podium in three events, taking gold in the 100m freestyle, silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m backstroke. He went on to make the 100m freestyle final at the Youth Olympic Games. A year later at the world juniors he won gold in the 4x100m mixed freestyle relay and silver in the 50m backstroke. He just missed the podium in the 200m IM by 0.08 of a second. Acevedo had qualified for the world juniors with his outstanding performances at the 2015 Canadian Trials where he was the youngest competitor in the 100m freestyle and 200m IM finals, finishing third both times against swimmers who went on to compete at the Pan Am Games. He was named Swimming Canada’s Junior Male Swimmer of the Year for 2015.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents Aroldo Acevedo and Catherine Walker Acevedo… Says his mom has inspired him to become a better athlete… Sisters Liliana and Catalina Acevedo… Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at age 7 when his mom put him and his sisters into the sport… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading books, going to the beach, being with friends… 2016 graduate of Neil McNeil High School… Verbally committed to the University of Georgia Bulldogs… Odds and Ends: Had Olympic dreamed sparked by watching the Canadian athletes participate in the opening ceremonies at Beijing 2008 and London 2012… Likes to collect clothing from his international competitors… Nickname: Javi…
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Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - 17th (100m backstroke)
Youth Olympic Games: 2014 – 8th (100m freestyle), 9th (200m freestyle), 12th (50m freestyle), 16th (100m backstroke), 10th (4x100m mixed freestyle relay), 16th (4x100m mixed medley relay)
FINA World Championships (Junior): 2015 – GOLD (4x100m mixed freestyle relay), SILVER (50m backstroke), 4th (200m IM), 8th (100m backstroke), 5th (4x200m freestyle relay), 6th (4x100m freestyle relay), 6th (4x100m medley relay), 14th (100m freestyle), 26th (200m freestyle)