National Teams

Senior National Team

Javier Acevedo

  • Age 22
  • Height 183 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club Ajax Aquatic Club
  • Coach Andrew Miller
  • Previous Coaches Rob Novak
  • Hometown Scarborough, ON
  • Residence Scarborough, ON

National Team Highlights

EventFinalist
Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships2
Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Javier’s Bio

  • At the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Acevedo took home two bronze medals in the mixed 4×100-m freestyle and in the mixed 4×100-m freestyle relay as he swam in the preliminaries. He finished 14th in the 100-m backstroke and 16th in the 50 back and he was a member of the 8th place men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay team.
  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Acevedo finished fifth in the 100-m backstroke, and seventh in the 200-m backstroke in a personal best time. Acevedo was a member of the 4×100-m freestyle relay that finished fourth, and a part of the 4×200-m freestyle and 4×100-m medley relay that finished fifth.
  • Acevedo won gold in the 50-m backstroke and bronze in the 200-m backstroke at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games.
  • At the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials, Acevedo won gold in the 200-m individual medley, silver in the 100-m backstroke and bronze in the 200-m freestyle. He swam personal bests in the 200-m individual medley, 100 and 200-m freestyle.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials, Acevedo made the podium in all three backstroke events. He earned a gold medal in the 100-m backstroke, a silver in the 50-m backstroke and a bronze in the 200-m backstroke. Acevedo swam a personal best time in the 100-m backstroke with a time of 53.64.
  • At the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25-m) in Windsor, Ont. Acevedo competed in seven different events. Individually, he finished 19th in the 50-m backstroke and 13th in the 100-m backstroke, both setting new personal best times.
  • At the same competition, Acevedo was a member of five different relays including the 4×100-m freestyle (7th), 4×50-m freestyle (10th), 4×200-m freestyle (12th), 4×50-m mixed medley (5th), and 4×100-m medley relay (10th).
  • In 2017, Acevedo won Swimming Canada’s Co-Male Swimmer of the Year.
  • At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Acevedo finished 17th in the 100-m backstroke with a time of 54.11. He also swam the backstroke leg of the men’s 4×100-m medley relay that finished 16th.
  • At the 2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-Swimming Trials, Acevedo made his first Olympic team by winning the gold medal in the 100-m backstroke, in which he established a new junior world record. He also finished with a bronze medal in the 200-m backstroke.
  • Acevedo became the youngest male swimmer on the 2016 Olympic team at age 18, and the first ever Olympian to hail from the Markham Aquatic Club.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships, Acevedo individually collected a silver medal in the 50-m backstroke, a 4th-place finish in the 200-m IM and an 8th-place finish in the 100-m backstroke.
  • At the same competition, he was a member of four relays, including the mixed 4×100-m freestyle (1st), 4×200-m freestyle (5th), 4×100-m freestyle (6th), and 4×100-m medley (6th). The mixed free relay established a world junior record.
  • At the 2015 Canadian Swimming Trials, Acevedo earned a bronze medal in the 100-m freestyle.
  • Acevedo was named Swimming Canada’s Junior Male Swimmer of the Year in 2015.
  • At the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Acevedo finished in 8th place in the 100-m freestyle, 9th in the 200-m freestyle and 12th in the 50-m freestyle.
  • At the 2014 Australian Age Group Championships, Acevedo won his first-ever international medals, with a gold in the 100-m freestyle, a silver in the 50-m freestyle, and a bronze in the 100-m backstroke in the sixteen-year-old age category.
  • Acevedo graduated from Neil McNeil High School in 2016, and committed to the University of Georgia.
  • Acevedo’s dream to compete in the Olympics was inspired by Mark Tewksbury’s 100-m backstroke gold medal performance at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics.
  • His mother, Catherine, has inspired him throughout his athletic career.
QUick Facts
  • Nickname: Javi
  • Instagram: @Javier_acevedo1
  • Movie: Happy Gilmore
  • Book: Harry Potter
  • Magazine: Sports Illustrated
  • Actor: Ryan Reynolds
  • Band: Alt-J
  • Other Sport: Equestrian
  • Pre-race Meal: Chili
  • Superhero: Flash
  • Quote: “The only easy day was yesterday.”
  • Off- Season Interests: Go to the beach and spend time with friends
  • Role Model: My mother has inspired me to become a better athlete

Javier’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetRecordsStatus
200m Backstroke50m13th Pan Pacific Championships
200m Medley50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
50m Backstroke50mFINA: 17th World Championships---
100m Freestyle Laps50mFINA: 17th World ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Freestyle25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Backstroke25mFINA: 13th World Short Course Championships
100m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke50mOntario Summer LC Championships
50m Freestyle Laps50mOntario Summer LC ChampionshipsRELAY
400m Freestyle50mMAC Winter Invitational
50m Backstroke25mTime Trials---RELAY
100m Breaststroke25mOntario Winter SC Championships
50m Butterfly25mOntario Junior International
200m Freestyle25mOntario Junior International
200m Backstroke25mAge Group International SC---
50m Butterfly50mFINA: World Cup No 7 - 2015 Series
50m Breaststroke25mHall of Fame Meet
200m Freestyle Laps50mFINA: 5th World Junior ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Breaststroke50mNYAC May Performance Meet
400m Medley50mNYAC May Performance Meet
200m Butterfly50mNYAC May Performance Meet
50m Breaststroke50mNYAC May Performance Meet
100m Butterfly50mArena Pro Swim Series
200m Medley25mOntario Age Group Championships
400m Freestyle25mDivision 1 team Champs
100m Freestyle25mOntario Junior International
100m Butterfly25mOntario Junior International
50m Freestyle50mII Youth Olympic Games
100m Butterfly Laps50mAustralian Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
400m Medley25mSwim Ontario Age Group Championships
50m Freestyle Laps25mSwim Ontario Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
1500m Freestyle50mAge Group International
800m Freestyle50mAge Group InternationalSPLIT
800m Freestyle25mTime Trials
1500m Freestyle25mDivision 1 Team Championships
200m Butterfly25mCentral Region SC Champs
200m Breaststroke25mOpen
50m Breaststroke Laps25mOpenRELAY
50m Butterfly Laps25mScarborough SpookfestRELAY
50m Butterfly Laps50mInvitation Internationale P1 P2RELAY
100m Medley25mTime Trials
25m Breaststroke25mTime Trials
25m Backstroke25mTime Trials