Daiya Seto Joins Rivals Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland At Georgia

We reported last month how 27-year-old world record holder Daiya Seto of Japan would soon begin training in the United States and it appears the versatile ace has settled on his first stop.

Per his own social media posts, Seto is training at the Univesity of Georgia, sharing lanes with United States’ rivals Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland.

Despite entering the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with the top-seeded time of the year, Seto missed out on the final, placing 9th at the home-based Games. Instead, it was Kalisz and Litherland who went 1-2, with Aussie newcomer Brendon Smith claiming bronze in the men’s 400m IM this summer.

From what Seto told SwimSwam recently, he doesn’t plan on sticking to one program while splitting training time between the U.S. and Japan but is rather taking on a roadshow of sorts to try out different philosophies, methods and coaching styles around the nation.

It was just last month the man became the 4th Japanese swimmer ever to become a true professional athlete, declaring emancipation from the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF). In doing so, Seto is officially a professional athlete and will now be primarily responsible for expenses related to training camps and trips. However, the restrictions on Seto’s commercial activities will be relaxed, which opens the door for more earning opportunities heading into Paris 2024.

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Mr Piano
7 months ago

false god

Ghost
7 months ago

What 4 Japanese swimmers went “pro” during their career?

Big mac #1
Reply to  Ghost
7 months ago

Hagino, kitajima, & watanabe plus now seto

Last edited 7 months ago by Big mac #1
Ghost
Reply to  Big mac #1
7 months ago

Thanks

oxyswim
7 months ago

Does Jay speak Japanese? Might be an additional draw for Seto spending some time there. So many of these foreign swimmers who have traveled extensively speak English, but I’m sure it makes it easier when you have someone who speaks your native language.

Ghost
Reply to  oxyswim
7 months ago

Yes they spoke Japanese growing up in their home!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  oxyswim
7 months ago

Most Georgians sound foreign to me. There are only so many syllables you can crowd into monosyllabic words.

Redhawk
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

Aren’t you from Texas?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Redhawk
7 months ago

I do two syllables max in a monosyllabic word. Georgia natives, they’re up to three or four. Fork has three syllables.

Landen
7 months ago

This MF about to go a sub 4:00 at world champs fueled by nothing but vengeance and a love for self torture

PFA
Reply to  Landen
7 months ago

And at least a party at UGA

Let’s Go Brandon!
7 months ago

All they need is for Carson Foster to pop over to train with them for a week after Thanksgiving. That would be “Aces.”

poolboy
7 months ago

I know it was brought up in the swimswam podcast when there was speculation of where he might jump around to but Coleman needs to get a practice and pancakes with this UGA group and then do a second video on Luca and Jake and all UGA’s other stars

Ghost
Reply to  poolboy
7 months ago

He better hurry, we don’t know how long Seto is staying and what kind of shape Jay and Chase are in?

Mr Piano
7 months ago

Assuming Kalisz isn’t retiring, IM practices in Georgia are gonna be insane.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Mr Piano
7 months ago

In terms of LCM hardware, probably the three best 400 IMers in the world currently active in the event.

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka

Well Lochte is not officially retired.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
7 months ago

Yeah but he cant do it anymore

Swim like a fish drink like a fish
7 months ago

He better go to some college parties too

Virtus
Reply to  Swim like a fish drink like a fish
7 months ago

Feel like that’s not what he needs for his relationship

Big mac #1
Reply to  Virtus
7 months ago

Also, he is 27

Mr Piano
Reply to  Big mac #1
7 months ago

Pretty sure Lochte was partying until like 33

Scotty P
Reply to  Virtus
7 months ago

His therapist facepalming as the Instagram pics of beer pong surface.

Swammer5
Reply to  Swim like a fish drink like a fish
7 months ago

After some cheating allegations, probably not the greatest idea.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swim like a fish drink like a fish
7 months ago

If you’re going to be a man at night, you gotta be a man in the morning.

Admin
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

– Ryan Lochte

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

“What defines me? Ryan Lochte.”

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

“What I was always good at was letting things go through one ear and out the other, so to say.”

Hswimmer
Reply to  Swim like a fish drink like a fish
7 months ago

Athens is party central no way he doesn’t go to any hahaha

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