Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky Heads To Florida To Train Under Anthony Nesty

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky is headed east to train at the University of Florida, she announced on Instagram Wednesday morning.

Ledecky says she will train under Florida head coach Anthony Nesty and the “outstanding mid-distance and distance training group there” in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Ledecky has been training at Stanford University under coach Greg Meehan since beginning her freshman season of college there in 2016.

Ledecky wrote the following on Instagram, adding that being closer to family was a factor in her decision:

“Stanford has been my second home for the last five years. It will always have a special place in my heart. Having completed my college degree this year, I am moving east to be closer to home and family.

I’ve decided to train at the University of Florida with Coach Anthony Nesty and the outstanding mid-distance and distance training group there. I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the next phase of my swimming career.

My years at Stanford have been nothing short of incredible. I’m so grateful for my coach Greg Meehan, as well as my teammates, professors, friends and everyone in the larger Palo Alto/Menlo Park area who have supported me through these years.”


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Ledecky will also serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the program. It’s not uncommon for active Olympians to join coaching staffs as volunteer assistants, as this allows them greater latitude to travel and train with teams that would not necessarily be afforded to them as just a post-graduate trainee.

Being able to tout arguably the greatest female swimmer of all-time as a member of your coaching staff also helps substantially with recruiting. It also allows the athletics department to pay for their travel.

The 24-year-old Bethesda, Md., native completed her bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Stanford this year. She was an eight-time NCAA champion, competing for the Cardinal for two seasons before turning professional in March of 2018.

“I’m excited to be a part of the University of Florida’s world-class swimming and diving program and train for the 2024 Olympics with Coach Anthony Nesty, and the top-tier mid-distance and distance training group,” Ledecky said in a University of Florida press release.

“My years at Stanford, both academically and athletically, were nothing short of incredible and I’m looking forward to the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead in Gainesville.”

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2 years ago

On women swimmers allegedly improving less at Stanford than elsewhere: Everyone knows that female swimmers tend to peak earlier than male ones. In general that seems to have more to do with body development than how well they’re training. And other things being equal, the faster someone is, the closer they are to their peak (whether past it or not). So we should expect the fastest female high school swimmers to improve less than their peers during their college years. And we should expect college teams that attract the best female swimmers to show less improvement overall.

It would be interesting to see actual numbers comparing time drops among top HS recruits at different colleges. I wouldn’t be surprised if… Read more »

Georgia Rambler
2 years ago

Did you not watch her swim in the Olympics?. That fire is still burning hot inside her. I for one am hoping she can do the nearly impossible in the next 3 years. However, a lot will depend on the Worlds next year. All those wanting to defeat her will be there. She may have to re-evaluate. You do know that she was an academic All American at Stanford before she turned pro. 3.99 GPA. As a retired college prof, I can tell you that it is very tough to graduate in 4 years from any university much less a top ranking academic school. This increased my respect for her work ethic even more.

Sweet on the Sweets?
2 years ago

As mentioned: seemed to have a great training relationship with True Sweetser. He’s a Gainsville product; one in a family line of Troyists disciples.

Finke and Smith are great, and Nesty is now the pope of Troyism.

Who knows, maybe True and she had a talk. Maybe there is more there.

I know True’s doing a masters at Stanford, congrats on the scholarship. But who knows, maybe UF Law School is in the cards next?

Maybe, just maybe, she’s sweet on the Sweets and making moves for the future.

Speculation from left field at best, but its fun to invent narratives, and hey, the two of them were always coy when interviewed together. It could be a great… Read more »

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Sweet on the Sweets?
2 years ago

No you’re just weird

Sweet on the Sweets

Relationships are weird? Good to know. Read the whole post. It’s punny punch line…and if there were even a chance of it…their kid might be a distance beast.

Relax. Lighten up. Have fun. Watch their interviews. There is chemistry.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Sweet on the Sweets
2 years ago

Go write about it on wattpad or something then

Your seven downvotes show that I’m clearly not the only one who thinks it’s weird

Sweet on the Sweets

So what? Seven people are against a person suggesting two intelligent, seemingly kind individuals expand their years long friendship and continue to maintain, honor, and respect their communication.

Still failing to see how their position says anything about me.

I smell 40 × 400 at 4:30 and many a 3000 for time over the next 4 years. It’d be nice to have a friend raised on a diet like that.

Again relax. I qualified the post. Last I checked your not the host or judge and jury.

Paul Poitevent
2 years ago

10k open water

2 years ago

Wait. Is it April?

2 years ago

This is so exciting, felt like an April Fools post but in a good way. I think she definitely needed this. I can’t wait to see what happens!

Reply to  swimfan210_
2 years ago

Katie and Bobbie could produce some amazing offspring! The ole East German model!

Reply to  DJTrockstoYMCA
2 years ago

Can we talk about Katie in peace without making statements about her having kids with random male swimmers as if we need to compare her to men every time she’s mentioned

Reply to  Dressel1234
2 years ago

THANK YOU!! there’s some comments from an SI video in 2016 where people wanted phelps and her to have kids like… KL WAS A WHOLE TEENAGER?!?? i swear people scare me

2 years ago


Just give the trophy to the condors already
2 years ago

What about Simone Manuel?


Think she is still suffering OTS or something like that!!!!

Tom Dean Boxall
Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

which is kinda on meehan

Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

Do you all really buy the OTS story, which sounds like doing too much in the pool? From her public comments, it sounds like she let perceived life changes in the country cause her serious depression, which can certainly make peak athletic performance unlikely.

Find joy, Simone. And if you still like it, success will return. Maybe, try some ISL and have fun with it! I hope you do; watching you between 2014 and 2019 was some of the coolest, toughest performance in our sport, bringing great joy to observant fans.

Regardless of whether she continues in the sport at Stanford or elsewhere, I simply cheer for her to be in a place, both physically and mentally, where… Read more »

Reply to  mds
2 years ago

So you’re her doctor? OTS is real and based on what we have seen of Simone over her career, she is not one who makes excuses. I suggest you research OTS before you accuse her of using it as an excuse. We do not know everything that Simone has gone through but I do not buy for one second that she is making this up.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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