Jay Litherland

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Jay Litherland
Jay Litherland is a versatile swimmer originally from Alpharetta, Ga. Litherland has been a member of USA Swimming’s National Team as well as the National Junior Team. He’s currently in his Junior season at the University of Georgia where he’s majoring in Business. He’s one of three Litherland swimmers on the Georgia team, as Jay, Mick and Kevin are triplets. Litherland has triple citizenship in the U.S., Japan and New Zealand – he can also speak Japanese. He started swimming at the age of 8, and he says that swimming was the only sport he was good at. Although recently as a college student he also enjoys skateboarding in his down time. He’s primarily an IM swimmer, was named to the National Junior Team for his performance in the 200 IM and even got his first NCAA ‘A’ cut in the 400 IM in his first season as a Bulldog. Born Aug. 24, 1995 to parents, Andrew and Chizuko Litherland, he attended Chattahoochee High School, and he swam for Dynamo Swim Club coached by Franz Resseguie. He also was a high school All-American.

University of Georgia
2014-2015

As a freshman Litherland competed at the Georgia Invite where he went best times in many of his events. He also swam at the SEC Championships – he finished seventh in the 400 IM, 10th in the 200 backstroke, and 13th in the 500 freestyle.

2015-2016

Litherland made huge improvements in his second year at Georgia. At the NCAA Championships he won bronze in the 400 meter medley and came 14th in the 200 meter backstroke. On the 800 meter freestyle relay, Litherland helped Georgia to finish 5th.

International Competition
Litherland competed at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Dubai as well as the 2013 World Cup in Asia. He was also a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier finishing 53rd in the 400m IM and 36th in the 200m backstroke.

2015 World University Games

Litherland won gold in the 400 meter medley ahead of his USA teammate, Josh Prenot in 4:12.43.

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

In the first event of the 2016 Trials Litherland finished 2nd in the 400 meter medley behind his Georgia teammate, Chase Kalisz, to punch his ticket to the Rio Olympics. At the 300 mark Litherland was two seconds behind Ryan Lochte in 2nd but he powered through the freestyle leg with a 57.38 split to take the silver in 4:11.02. That time moved him up to fourth in the world so far this year.

2016 Rio Olympics

In his Olympic debut Litherland joined his USA teammate, Chase Kalisz, in the 400 meter medley final on the opening night in the pool. With the medals accounted for, it was a close battle for fourth, fifth and sixth in the final stages of the gruelling event. On the last 50 meters, Litherland managed to overtake Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes but didn’t have enough left to take down Great Britain’s Max Litchfield. Litherland finished fifth in 4:11.68. His compatriot took silver in 4:06.75.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 800 Freestyle Relay 2013

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 500 Free 4:18.68 03/26/15 2015 NCAA D1 Championships
Iowa City, Iowa
scy 200 Back 1:42.57 02/21/15 2015 SEC Championships
Auburn, Alabama
scy 200 IM 1:44.33 12/04/15 2015 Georgia Fall Invitational
Athens, Georgia
scy 400 IM 3:38.68 12/05/15 2015 Georgia Fall Invitational
Athens, Georgia
lcm 400 IM 4:11.02 06/27/16 2016 US Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
Litherlands 2016 US Olympic Trials Litherlands 2016 US Olympic Trials Chase Kalisz Jay Litherland 2016 US Olympic Trials 400 IM third seed, Jay Litherland of Georgia. Photo Credits: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com