Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky is heading 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 out there” in preparation for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Ledecky trained at Stanford University under the guidance of his trainer Greg Meehan since starting his first year of college there in 2016.
Ledecky wrote the following on Instagram, adding that being closer to her family was a factor in her decision:
“Stanford has been my home away from home for five years. He will always have a special place in my heart. Having completed my college education this year, I am moving east to be closer to home and family.
I decided to train at the University of Florida with trainer Anthony Nesty and the great distance and middle distance training group. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that await me in the next phase of my swimming career.
My years at Stanford have been nothing short of amazing. I am very grateful to my coach Greg Meehan, as well as to my teammates, teachers, friends and everyone in the Palo Alto / Menlo Park area who have supported me throughout these years.
Ledecky will also serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the program. It is not uncommon for active Olympians to join the coaching staff as volunteer assistants, as this gives them greater leeway to travel and train with teams that would not necessarily be offered to them as volunteers. as postgraduate trainees.
Being able to boast arguably the greatest swimmer of all time as a member of your coaching team also helps recruiting considerably. It also allows the sports department to pay for their trips.
The 24-year-old Bethesda, Md., Native received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford this year. She was an eight-time NCAA champion, competing for the Cardinal for two seasons before turning pro in March 2018.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the University of Florida’s world-class swim and dive program and to train for the 2024 Olympics with coach Anthony Nesty and the mid-distance training group. and remote leading, ”Ledecky said in a University of Florida press release.
“My years at Stanford, both academically and athletically, have been nothing short of amazing and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that await me at Gainesville.”