Jake Mitchell on Florida: “Best environment ever for training”


In his first season as a Florida gator, Jake Mitchell is already making waves. He touched first on Wednesday in the 500 free final, surging to the finish and touching at 4:09.85. This marked the only man in the field under 4:10. Mitchell said this was a goal of his from the beginning of the season (to break 4:10 at SECs) and is happy with his progress throughout the season.

In his new home of Gainesville, Mitchell says the training environment at UF is the best ever. With mid-distance stars (and fellow Olympians) like Kieran Smith, Bobby Finke, and Katie Ledecky to train next to, Mitchell is on pace to have a bounce-back performance at NCAAs after having mono last year.

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1 year ago

Is it just me because I’m from Michigan, but does that sound like a slight jab toward UofM?

Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

If you’re looking to be offended you can find offense in everything. If Florida is the #1 training environment, Michigan could be anywhere from #2 to #17,922. #2 would not be much of a jab, 17,922 would be.

1 year ago

Patrick Callan be like: 👀

Reply to  Kat
1 year ago

Why is everyone still trying to create a narrative between them? They both did what’s best for them. I’m sure they’re still friends, let it go.

Retired Swammer
1 year ago

Florida is known for their yards. More training and not enough recovery can lead to sickness

1 year ago

i wished they asked him about Patrick Callan lol

Gummy Shark
1 year ago

Not to mention the literal environment too! Florida weather and scenery is way better during this time of year than in Michigan.

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