Olympic Medalist Emma Weyant Announces Transfer To Florida

A week after entering the transfer portal, Tokyo silver medalist Emma Weyant has announced via Instagram that she will be competing for the University of Florida. She spent her freshman season at the University of Virginia and has three remaining years of eligibility left.

Weyant’s transfer comes after the May 1 transfer deadline, so it is unknown whether she will be able to compete in the 2022-23 NCAA season. When SwimSwam reached out to her after she entered the transfer portal, she said she was looking to compete this fall.

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In her season with UVA, Weyant finished second in the 500 free, third in the 400 IM, and 20th in the 1650 free, setting huge personal bests in the former two events. She scored a total of 32 individual points, the sixth-most on her team. Although Weyant is known to be a stronger long course swimmer, considering that she has 2020 Olympic silver and 2022 World Championship bronze in the 400 IM, she saw major improvements in her yards events last season.

Emma Weyant Best Time Progression, High School vs. Freshman Year:

500 Free 1650 Free 400 IM
High School 4:38.39 16:09.74 4:04.48
Freshman Year of College 4:34.99 16:02.51 4:03.17

At UVA, Weyant was one of the strongest mid-distance swimmers, but just one out of the many stars on a team that dominated NCAAs last year to take the national title. That’s going to be different in Gainesville, where she has the potential to single-handedly boost up her team, at least for the 2022-23 season.

Weyant’s best time in the 500 free would have won at the 2022 SEC Championships, while her 400 IM time would have placed second and her 1650 free time would have placed fourth. Had she swam at SECs last year, she would have scored 86 individual points, which is more than what anyone at UF scored at the meet (Florida’s top scorer, Tylor Mathieu, racked up 69 individual points). In addition, her 32 points at NCAAs was also more than any Gator, as Maha Amer led Florida with 17 points at that meet.

For a variety of reasons, Weyant’s decision to come to Florida makes sense. She grew up in the state and swam with the Sarasota Sharks club for the majority of her life, even deferring her freshman year at Virginia to train at home in the leadup to the Olympics.

Florida is also becoming one of the fastest-rising women’s programs in the country, especially for mid-distance/distance freestyle and IM. In the 2021-2022 season, their first year with Anthony Nesty as head coach, they outscored their seed times at NCAAs by 82 points to finish 13th overall. They already have 500/1650 free all-American Tylor Mathieu, and a wave of top talents such as Bella Sims, JoJo Ramey, and Michaela Mattes will be joining them in fall 2023. The addition of Weyant will only further bolster Florida’s case to become a top five team in the future.

Aside from the UF women’s team, there are also plenty of world-class swimmers who train under Nesty and specialize in Weyant’s events, such as recent transfer Jake Mitchell, Kieran Smith, Bobby Finke, Trey Freeman, and Katie Ledecky.

Mitchell and Weyant are a romantic couple, with Mitchell commenting on her transfer post “love and middle distance at Florida conquers all.” That comment is a reference to a running joke surrounding whether Mitchell would join Weyant at Virginia when he was seeking a transfer, and the quip that love conquers all, but Florida middle distance conquers love.

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Dirtrider
4 months ago

In browsing through some way-overreacting posts from UF homers here…& seeing that your Gators did not have any podium medalists in 2022 NCAAs, nor did the team finish in the top-10…I’d advise y’all to slow down the Florida hype train. Congrats, Ms. Weyant, in going back home to compete whenever eligible.

PS: Katie does not compete in the NCAA anymore: ergo her swims don’t count.

NB1
4 months ago

why is it such a hot topic? (nothing against her, just so many comments)

SwammerDude
Reply to  NB1
4 months ago

She is a reigning Worlds and Olympic medalist leaving the reigning NCAA champs. That seems like a bit deal for a sport that isnt huge on mainstream media.

NB1
Reply to  SwammerDude
4 months ago

I get that, I know what she’s accomplished.

oxyswim
Reply to  NB1
4 months ago

Then you should recognize why your question is dumb

NB1
Reply to  oxyswim
4 months ago

But I am so dumb, I don’t even get how dumb I am.

Go 🐊
4 months ago

Is she eligible since she missed the deadline?

CraigH
Reply to  Go 🐊
4 months ago

It sounds like the NCAA just doesn’t care anymore.

GatorGuy
4 months ago

Great get for the Gators. Between her and Bella Sims (and her whole extremely strong class) Florida is coming back to relevancy quickly on the women’s side.
Curious to see if Grimes ends up going there with Sims (her current teammate), Ledecky likely staying long term since her recent surge, Weyant (her 4im counterpart). Nesty is cooking up something over there.

Go Bucky
Reply to  GatorGuy
4 months ago

Weinstein too!

swimfan27
4 months ago

Would be curious to see if Alex Walsh tries the LCM 400 IM in the future and enters the conversation…

Joel Lin
Reply to  swimfan27
4 months ago

I think it is a given Alex Walsh will go the 4 IM at NCAAs next year. I’d bet she would break the American record. Her better events in the strokes are all 200s. She’d final the 2 breast at NCAAs or at a selection meet if she swam it & that would have to be considered her “weak” stroke. It makes too much sense for her to go the 4 IM at selection meets. It is the first day at Trials, nothing conflicts with it.

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Bud
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 months ago

Final? Alex Walsh would probably med in the 200 breast at NCAAs if she swam it…
And on a good day she can win it 🙂

Admin
Reply to  Yanyan Li
4 months ago

Her “weak stroke” is whichever one she hasn’t raced most recently lol.

Eddie
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 months ago

Breaststroke is like not even close to being her weak stroke

RMS
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 months ago

I don’t see her touching Eastin’s 4IM record. That performance was phenomenal.

bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

You know.. It makes me think, DeSorbo must’ve done a hell of a job to grab an in-state middle distance/distance IMer and freestyler away from UF in the first place..

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

Also, U.S. Olympian count- 8. Ledecky, Dressel, Smith, Finke, Hinds, (soon to be- Sims, Weyant, Mitchell). UF is gonna be the place to go.

PVSFree
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

Plus Trey Freeman from the Worlds squad

Aquajosh
Reply to  PVSFree
4 months ago

They also have two swimmers on the Open Water Worlds team (Brennan Gravley and Anna Auld).

Flipperz
4 months ago

I look forward to watching Summer McIntosh and Katie Grimes destroy her in the 400 IM again and again.

Aaron
Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

Next level hating right here

Snarky
Reply to  Aaron
4 months ago

Must be a UVa affiliate!

Rich Teller
Reply to  Snarky
4 months ago

You have a great and appropriate handle. The uva girls and staff will always support her. Hey, these are kids, and they all know each other from many events over many years. Back off. You just don’t get it.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Rich Teller
4 months ago

Agree. Young adults have a number of reasons for changing course. It’s her decision, her prerogative. She should thrive closer to home at UF.

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

that is if emma doesn’t learn from finke

Go Bucky
Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

Sounds like someone has an unrequited crush on someone who doesn’t know he exists… #freerealestateinyourmind

Swimmerguy_1
Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

That’s pretty petty to root against her because of NCAA scoring? Really?
She wasn’t even that big a scorer for UVA.
Get over yourself and let her swim where she wants.

Blake pierogi
Reply to  Swimmerguy_1
4 months ago

“That big of a scorer”

Swimmerguy_1
Reply to  Blake pierogi
4 months ago

Didnt mean to trash her, she is one of my favorite swimmers. Just meant on a relative scale she was their 6th best scorer and pretty much every other scorer also did or could contribute on relays more than she did. She is still clearly elite, just not tailored for NCAA scoring.

Brady Vann Fan
4 months ago

Curious to know if Gardner-Webb was in the running…

Blake pierogi
Reply to  Brady Vann Fan
4 months ago

Insiders have told me it was her #1 ahead of UF but she got rejected

Last edited 4 months ago by Blake pierogi

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