Four-Time Illinois State Champion, Louisville Commit, Jake Miller Passes Away

SwimSwam’s thoughts and condolences go out to the Miller family and the Normal swimming community for their tragic loss.

Four-Time Illinois State Champion, high school swimmer, and University of Louisville commit Jake Miller has died, multiple sources have reported to SwimSwam.

Miller won the 2013-2014 Illinois High School State Championships in the 200 IM, 500 free, and was on the winning Normal-University High 200 free relay and 400 free relays as part of University High’s overall team state championship.

Miller was also a member of the Redbird Swim Club. He was one of the first swimmers in the class of 2015 to make his college decision, committing back in July.

Update: With permission from Miller’s family, the local schools superintendent confirmed to the Bloomington Pantagraph that Miller’s death was a suicide. Read that story here.

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6 years ago

This is heart breaking. Jake was on my Louisville recruiting trip after he verbally committed and got to know him there. Great swimmer, but can’t emphasise what a great person he was. He jumped off the 10 meter platform in a flip, landed on his side in one of the most painful positions possible, and shot straight out of the water and threw up the Louisville L with a huge smile on his face. Great, great kid. Thoughts go out to his family, friends, and teammates and the Louisville team as well.

6 years ago


6 years ago

I adored Jake. In a sea of kids his smile radiated above them all. My swimmer daughter just keeps saying, “This WAS NOT ABOUT SWIMMING!” This is Unspeakable sadness.

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