2022 World Champion, Current Florida Senior Trey Freeman Announces Retirement

Trey Freeman, a gold medalist for the United States in the men’s 800 freestyle relay at the 2022 World Championships, has retired from competitive swimming in the midst of his senior season at the University of Florida.

Freeman announced the news on Instagram Thursday afternoon, offering the following caption:

I am grateful for the all the highs and lows of the 16 years I spent in the water. I owe more thanks than I could ever possibly mention. So, to everyone that has been part of this chapter in my life, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If anyone needs me I will always be around, but for now I will be sitting on my porch with my dog.


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Freeman, 22, has played a prominent role on the Florida men’s team in the NCAA since his freshman campaign in 2018-19, and is coming off a breakout summer in the long course pool after making the U.S. team for the 2022 World Championships and subsequently winning a gold medal in the men’s 800 free relay.

As a highly-touted recruit in the boys’ high school class of 2018, Freeman committed to the Florida Gators back in December 2016 from the Baylor School and Baylor Swim Club in Tennessee.

He joined the collegiate ranks in the fall of 2018, and was the runner-up at the 2019 SEC Championships in both the men’s 500 free and 1650 free as a freshman, and went on to score individual points at his debut NCAAs by placing 15th in the 500 free.

After undergoing knee surgery, Freeman ended up redshirting the 2019-20 season, making the announcement some two months before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the NCAA Championships that year.

As a sophomore in 2020-21, he placed third at SECs and 11th at NCAAs in the 500 free, and last season, he was the SEC champion in the 1650 free and went on to score in the 200 free (11th), 500 free (11th) and 1650 free (15th) at the 2022 NCAA Championships.

On the international stage, Freeman had a breakthrough performance to qualify for the 2022 U.S. World Championship team individually in the men’s 400 freestyle, finishing as the runner-up to fellow Florida swimmer Kieran Smith at the International Team Trials in a time of 3:46.93. Freeman also placed seventh in the 200 free in a time of 1:46.93, setting new personal best times in both events.

At the World Championships in Budapest, Freeman established a new best time of 3:46.12 to qualify for the final of the men’s 400 free, ultimately placing eighth in 3:46.53.

He also swam a preliminary leg on the U.S. men’s 800 free relay, splitting 1:46.91 in the morning as the team ultimately went on to win gold, earning Freeman a World Championship title.

Freeman’s departure from the Florida men’s team means that three of the Gators’ top-seven scorers from the 2022 NCAAs are gone, as both Smith and Bobby Finke graduated at the conclusion of last season.

Freeman last competed in Florida’s dual meet against Georgia in late October, and was a notable absence at the team’s midseason invite in Athens in mid-November.

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Will Hunt
1 month ago

Fantastic young man who will transfer his leadership and passion to whatever he decides to do next. Well done Trey

1 month ago

He didn’t quit lol, he finished his degree and now is working a job

1 month ago

Congrats and best wishes Trey! It was fun watching you swim, and you always struck me as a positive leader for the team

Gummy Shark
1 month ago

So he’s not quitting, he finished his degree and now he’s going to get a job. Is this correct? I’m just trying to differentiate his situation between other swimmers who really have quit midseason for undisclosed reasons.

Reply to  Gummy Shark
1 month ago

If you get to the NCAA level, you are retiring, not quitting.

Reply to  Hunter
1 month ago

Yeah, let’s say he’s working a 9-5 job now…imagine trying to fit 20 hours of top level training on top of whatever it is he’s doing now in his career…and, more than likely, doing most of the practices on his own since he may be at work during afternoon workouts….so he could’ve been hitting the water at 5:30am for a 2 hr practice maybe with the team, but misses the 2 or 3pm workout in the afternoon, and has to try to knock out 2 hours from 5:30-7:30pm, then turn around and do it all over again the next 4 days…at some point, you have to look in the mirror and realize that swimming doesn’t last forever.

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Stan Crump
1 month ago

Congrats on a great career. I’ve watched you swim from a distance since you were at Fish Market. Happy Trails!

1 month ago

Sad to see him retire but a well done career. Congrats.

Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

Congratulations Trey he is on to do UBS wealth management at the risk department in NYC!

1 month ago

I wonder what the dog would say if it could speak

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Woof! Woof!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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