Olympian Jake Mitchell Announces Transfer From Michigan To Florida

Former University of Michigan swimmer Jake Mitchell, who recently entered the transfer portal, announced via Instagram that he would be transferring to the University of Florida for the 2022-23 season. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Michigan and most recently competed for them at the 2022 NCAA championships this March.

Very excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and swimming careers at the University of Florida! Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Go Gators! 🐊🐊🐊

In his time at Michigan, Mitchell was a 2021 Big Ten Champion in the 500 free and qualified for NCAAs in 2021 and 2022. However, this year at NCAAs his performances were very underwhelming, as he placed 46th in the 500 free with a time of 4:21.24 and 36th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:52.73. Those swims were well off his best times of 4:12.88 and 3:41.39 in each event respectively, both of which were set at this year’s Big Ten Championships. In addition, he was also slated to swim the 1650 free at NCAAs, but scratched the event last-minute.

Aside from college, Mitchell qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 400 free, and left Michigan to train at his old club, the Caramel Swim Club, leading up to trials. He ended up making the final of the event, placing eighth overall.

Mitchell is not the only Michigan Wolverine to transfer out or leave the team. Right before NCAAs, All-American swimmer River Wright entered the NCAA transfer portal after being off of his best times all year. In addition, although he didn’t transfer, 2021 Big Ten runner up Wyatt Davis skipped NCAAs and went back home to train at Carmel Swim Club to focus on his mental health, stating that he would be returning back to Michigan in the fall of next season.

On the women’s team, NCAA Record Holder and Olympic champion Maggie MacNeil announced that she would be leaving Michigan to use her fifth year of eligibility at Cal, and Michigan sophomore Sophie Housey recently entered the transfer portal after a season plagued with injuries and mental health struggles.  Housey has also recently visited Florida, which sparked some speculation that she might be joining Mitchell down in Gainesville.

At men’s NCAAs, Michigan finished 22nd overall, a disappointment from their 12th place finish in 2021. Florida, on the other hand, took third overall and won two relay titles in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay, breaking the NCAA and US Open record in the latter race.

At Florida, Mitchell will join a very strong distance and mid-distance group that took 9 out of the top 11 finishes in the 1650 free at SECs this year. Some of his new training partners will include his Olympic teammates and former NCAA rivals Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith, as well as Olympic medalists like Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, and Natalie Hinds that will be in the pro group.

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Mike Top
9 months ago

Didn’t U of M lose a 4 IM’r and also losing another one to 5-years too? One has to wonder what mike bottom and the coaching staff have going through their heads .

Azeck
Reply to  Mike Top
9 months ago

Berlitz and Chan, both not mentioned in the article

Xman
Reply to  Mike Top
9 months ago

Did those 5 years finish their undergrad degree?

YourLocalD3Swimmer
9 months ago

Notably, Sophie Housey was also on a visit to Florida this week.

thezwimmer
9 months ago

When was the last time a swimmer of this caliber transferred? I have a short memory.

Hookem91
Reply to  thezwimmer
9 months ago

Cierra Runge maybe?

USA
Reply to  Hookem91
9 months ago

Zach Apple

The Weez
Reply to  USA
9 months ago

Didn’t Zapple graduate before transferring to IU? If memory serves, transferring post graduation isn’t quite the same thing.

And Runge, whilst I don’t know / recall the backstory(ies)…transferred…twice? Cal – Wisc – Arizona right?

Swamfan
Reply to  Hookem91
9 months ago

Yes. That did not end well.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  thezwimmer
9 months ago

I’d say Maxime Rooney, not an Olympian but had times comparable to being one, 48.2/1:47.1 freestyles.

GatorGuy
Reply to  thezwimmer
9 months ago

If we are including grad transfers, Maggie MacNeil is likely a bigger transfer from that team alone. Especially now that it came out that she was injured during NCAAs. Her events are going to be extremely challenging moving forward, but still is elite in just about everything + huge relay asset.

SwimFan
9 months ago

This does not come as a surprise, but still congrats to Florida!

swimster
9 months ago

after seeing the practice and pancakes set yesterday, any distance swimmer not training in Florida needs to get their head checked.

Awsi Dooger
9 months ago

As a Canes fan who remembers when the football game was an annual matchup for decades until one side ran away once the other program became dominant…it will always be Orange, Blue and Mostly Yellow

N. Sheldon
9 months ago

Great addition for Florida. With that being said, no one cares since they still won’t beat Texas or Cal at NCAAs.

Aquajosh
Reply to  N. Sheldon
9 months ago

Give it a few years for the recruiting to catch up with the results and they will.

Ghost
Reply to  Aquajosh
9 months ago

A couple years after Eddie retires

Meeeee
9 months ago

I don’t disagree. But UM did train him enough to get him to the Olympics and become a finalist. And McNeil to a gold medal. Pretty damn good.

Kat
Reply to  Meeeee
9 months ago

I’ll attribute macneil’s gold to Rick Bishop instead of UM. Same as Haughey’s

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