He Helped USA swim to Olympics Final. Now, Carmel’s Drew Kibler Waits on Relay Selection

Drew Kibler was fast enough to have a chance to become the first Carmel swimmer to win an Olympic medal.

The question is: Must he step aside, or will he swim in Wednesday morning’s final (11:26 EDT Tuesday) of the 800-meter freestyle relay.

No matter who is chosen for the final, it will be difficult to medal even though U.S. men have never failed to medal in a relay at an Olympic Games. The United States has not been beaten in the 800 freestyle relay since 2000, by Australia at Sydney.

Those who swim in prelims earn the same medals as those in the final.

In Tuesday night’s prelims, the United States qualified fifth overall in 7:05.62. Great Britain was fastest at 7:03.25.

The British feature gold and silver medalists from the 200-meter freestyle, Tom Dean and Duncan Scott, and could challenge the world record of 6:58.55 set by the United States in 2009 during the supersuit era.

Dethroned : Lilly King wins bronze as Lydia Jacoby stuns in 100 breaststroke

A Hoosier surprise : Former IU diver Jessica Parratto wins synchro silver in Tokyo

Kibler led off in 1:46.12, near the 1:45.92 he clocked in finishing third at last month’s Olympic Trials. Other splits: Andrew Seliskar, 1:46.17; Patrick Callan, 1:47.12; Blake Pieroni, 1:46.21.

Kieran Smith, bronze medalist in the 400 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle, and Townley Haas were held back for the final. Kibler will be considered for the foursome, as will Indiana University graduates Zach Apple and Pieroni, plus Caeleb Dressel. The latter three were gold medalists in the 400 freestyle relay.

After the British came Australia, 7:05.00; Italy, 7:05.05, and Russia, 7:05.16.

Israel, whose foursome included IU swimmer Tomer Frankel, was 10th in 7:08.65.

Elsewhere, Dressel and Apple both qualified for Wednesday morning’s semifinals in the 100 freestyle. Italy’s Thomas Ceccon had the top time of 47.71, followed by Dressel in 47.73 and Australia’s Kyle Chalmers in 47.77. Apple was 11th in 48.16 to make the cut to 16.

In prelims of the 800 freestyle, IU’s Michael Brinegar , of Columbus, was 17th in 7:53.00.  He has an additional event, the 1,500 freestyle, in which prelims are Friday night.

Robert Finke advanced as No. 3 qualifier in the 800 free, setting an American record of 7:42.72. That broke the mark of 7:43.60 by Michael McBroom in 2013.


OnMyWay Is The #1 Distracted Driving Mobile App In The Nation!

OnMyWay, based in Charleston, SC, The Only Mobile App That Pays its Users Not to Text and Drive.

The #1 cause of death among young adults ages 16-27 is Car Accidents, with the majority related to Distracted Driving.

OnMyWay’s mission is to reverse this epidemic through positive rewards. Users get paid for every mile they do not text and drive and can refer their friends to get compensated for them as well.

The money earned can then be used for Cash Cards, Gift Cards, Travel Deals and Much, Much More….

The company also makes it a point to let users know that OnMyWay does NOT sell users data and only tracks them for purposes of providing a better experience while using the app.

The OnMyWay app is free to download and is currently available on both the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android @ OnMyWay; Drive Safe, Get Paid.

Download App Now – https://r.onmyway.com

Sponsors and advertisers can contact the company directly through their website @ www.onmyway.com.