Mitchell Whyte Goes From E. Michigan Commit to UofL NCAA Qualifier (Video)


Reported by Braden Keith. Captured by Robert Gibbs.

Only 6 swimmers swam time trials on day 1 of the ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, but in spite of a small group, they produced some big times.

That’s especially true for Louisville freshman Mitchell Whyte, who swam a 45.34 in the 100 backstroke that is a surefire qualifying time for the NCAA Championship meet in March.

Whyte’s previous best time, done in high school, was a 47.76 – he cut nearly 2-and-a-half seconds off that time in his time trial swim. His new time ranks him 6th in the country so far this season, and 2nd in the ACC behind only the defending national champion Coleman Stewart of NC State (45.04).

Whyte was originally committed to Eastern Michigan before that school cut their men’s swimming team. That led him to Louisville.

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3 years ago

Swam at high school with Mitchell. What a hard working, talented, fun, and easy going kid to be with!!

BTW He was the one to take down my butterfly high school record.

3 years ago

Great for his club coach. My son was committed to Eastern and club coach did nothing to help.

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3 years ago

I want to start off by saying I genuinely feel for your son for having that opportunity taken from him. We had a swimmer commit to Eastern Michigan right before the cut, too, and we were all gutted for him. I hope he was able to find a good fit somewhere else.

It’s great that this kid’s club coach was able to help him out, but keep in mind that many coaches have separate careers and families to take care of. It was not his coach’s job to call colleges for him, he went well above and beyond. While the head coach of my team was able to help our swimmer find a new school, it is ultimately the swimmer… Read more »

3 years ago

Great job EMU. Could have had a NCAA qualifier but chose to drop their program in order to keep football going.

Big Rick
3 years ago

Hosted this man at EMU, and from day one we knew he had something special. All the EMU guys are still cheering you on, keep doing big things!

3 years ago

Killer program.

3 years ago

GReat Swim! Congrats!

3 years ago

Awesome! Congrats Mitchell!!

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