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Jay Litherland
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Litherland at 2015 Gwangju
Personal information
Born August 24, 1995 (1995-08-24) (age 26)
Osaka, Japan
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 176 lbs
Sport Swimming
Strokes Medley
Club DC Trident
Dynamo Swim Club
College team University of Georgia
Coach Rich Murphy, Franz Ressigue, Jason Turcotte, Jack Bauerle, Ian Murray

Jay Litherland (born August 24, 1995) is an American competition swimmer of both Japanese and New Zealand descent. He represents DC Trident which is part of the International Swimming League. He won the silver medal in the Men's 400 Individual Medley at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in a time of 4:10.28. He was a World University Games gold medalist at the 2015 Summer Universiade and a bronze medalist at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Litherland competed for the University of Georgia in American collegiate swimming. Jay is a triplet whose brothers Kevin and Mick also swam for University of Georgia. Jay and his brothers grew up swimming at Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta and were coached by Rich Murphy, Jason Turcotte, and Franz Ressigue.

Early life

Litherland was born in Osaka, Japan as a triplet, along with brothers Mick and Kevin. His father, Andrew Litherland, is a chef from New Zealand, and his mother, Chizuko, is from Japan. He grew up speaking Japanese at home. The family settled in Johns Creek, Georgia, with Litherland becoming receiving All-American swimming honors as a student at Chattahoochee High School.

Litherland received U.S. citizenship in high school. As a triple citizen of Japan, New Zealand, and the United States, he had the option of competing for any of the those three countries at the Olympics. He originally contacted the New Zealand swimming federation with interest in competing for them for the 2016 Olympics, but he had already competed for the U.S. at an international event, meaning he would have required special permission to switch to New Zealand. His brothers decided to participate in the New Zealand Olympic trials instead of the U.S. trials, which left Litherland "kind of bummed that I'm not representing New Zealand with them, but I'm really excited for them." His brothers ended up not making the New Zealand team, so all three competed in the U.S. trials together.

College Career: University of Georgia

International career

2015 World University Games

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

2016 Rio Olympics

2017 National Championships/World Championship Trials

2017 World Championships

2018 U.S. National Championships

2019 World Championships

ISL – DC Trident

2020 Tokyo Olympics

In the 400 meter individual medley Litherland closed strongly to win the silver medal in a time of 4:10.28. He outtouched bronze medalist Brendon Smith by one-tenth of a second.

Career best times

Long course (50-meter pool)

Event Time Venue Date
400 m IM 4:09.22 South Korea July 28, 2019
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