Biography

Mitch D'Arrigo
Hometown
Rome, Italy
Height
6'3''
Team
Gator Swim Club – Gainesville, FL
Coach
Gregory Troy
I was born in Rome in 1995 and I am Italian-American with dual citizenship (my mother is American and my father is Italian), embracing and loving both cultures.
I started to enjoy swimming unintentionally; I followed my older brother Giuliano that practiced fencing and swimming at a young age. Thanks to him I started to appreciate the values of sport. Fencing, similarly to swimming, is a sport where athletic agility and power must be combined with strategy and speed. It is a discipline where the technical training and discipline start at young age.
When I turned 10 my swimming instructor involved me in competitive swimming and for a certain period I practiced both fencing and swimming. Later on the effort to pursue both disciplines became incompatible with the school and therefore, with some regret, I had to drop fencing to devote all my free time exclusively to swimming.
In 2012 I made some important changes in my life: I moved to the U.S.A. to attend my Senior Year at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville and started swimming with the Gator Swim Club.
In August 2013 I joined the student-athlete program University of Florida and swim with the Gators under the supervision of Coach Gregg Troy.
At the same time I swam in Italy for the Aurelia Nuoto club and I represented the Italian national swimming team in several international events.
In 2016 I represented Team Italy at the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.a
In 2017 I decided to transition my “sport citizenship” and swim exclusively in the U.S.A. with the objective to complete my academic education at the University of Florida and start my professional career in the United States.
Outside the pool I am an absolutely “typical” student and in the opinion of many that know me I am considered a little shy and a loyal friend. I love sports, art, movies, music, nature and wildlife. I also enjoy traveling. Voluntary activities have always been an additional commitment of my life: helping others, giving my time and energy to work for projects and sustain others make me very happy. Swimming and volunteering go hand in hand with my principles and values, supporting the cause of various charity, humanitarian organizations and research centers.

Thank you for visiting my website.
Enjoy swimming!
Mitch D’Arrigo

Career Accolades

Mitch is member of the 2017-18 USA National Team Roster
Mitch represented the USA National Swimming Team at the 2017 World University Games
Mitch represented Team Italy at the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio
  • 2016 Olympian, representing Italy
  • 15-time All-American
  • Four-time SEC champion (800 free relay in 2017, 800 free relay in 2016 and 500 free and 800 free relay in 2015)
  • 2017, 2016 and 2015 All-SEC first team
  • 2014 All-SEC second team
  • 2014 SEC Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year
  • Three-time SEC Male Freshman of the Week
  • 2017, 2016 and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016 and 2014 CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • Records held:
    • 500 free school record (4:09.98), set during the 2016 NCAA Championships
    • 800 free relay school record (6:09.30), set during the 2017 NCAA Championships with Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney and Mark Szaranek
    • 800 free relay SEC meet record (6:12.18), set during the 2017 SEC Championships with Khader Baqlah, Maxime Rooney and Mark Szaranek
2016-17 (senior)
  • Qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships, finishing third in the 800 free relay (6:12.18), ninth in the 1650 free (14:38.40), sixth in the 500 free consolation final (4:15.18) and 19th in the 200 free (1:33.89)
  • Member of the 2017 SEC championship-winning team, winning the 800 free relay title (6:12.18) and finishing second in the 1650 free (14:45.96), second in the 500 free A-final (4:12.71) and fifth in the 200 free A-final (1:34.07)
  • Totaled six individual and two relay wins on the season

2015-2016 (junior)

NCAA Championships: Four-time All-American with a trio of top-8 finishes… earned a silver medal in the 500 free (4:09.98), a bronze medal in the 800 free relay (6:09.84), and finished sixth in the 200 free (1:32.67)... finished 11th in the 1650 free (14:49.65) to finalize his scoring events… totaled 68 points for the third-place finishing men…  SEC Championships: Claimed the 800 free relay SEC title with a time of 6:13.64… also posted top-5 finishes in the 500 free (3rd, 4:13.92), 200 free (4th, 1:34.26 26), and 1650 Free (4th, 14:52.23 26)… totaled 143 points for the first-place finishing Florida men… achieved season-best times which rank among Florida’s all-time top-five times in the 500 free (school record), 200 free (fifth), and as a member of the 800 free relay team (school record)… totaled six wins on the season (three individual, three relay).

2014-15 (sophomore)

NCAA Championships: Earned four All-American honors, as he placed sixth in the 500 free (4:14.30), 13th in the 200 free and 16th in the 1650 free (14:55.15)… D’Arrigo was also a member of UF’s seventh-place 800 free relay team that clocked a time of 6:17.12… SEC Championships: Won two SEC championships… D’Arrigo won his first-career SEC title in the 500 free, as he placed first in a time of 4:10.77 and won his second as a member of the Gators' SEC champion 800 free relay team (6:12.85 – UF record)… Also finished runner-up in both the 200 (1:33.41) and 1650 (14:39.90) free races… Finished with eight individual wins and was part of three first-place relay teams during the dual meets and invitational competition.

2013-14 (freshman)

NCAA Championships: Earned a sixth-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:15.75) after notching UF’s third-best all-time swim in that event in the prelims (4:12.68) … Also placed seventh overall in both the mile (14:47.36) and the 200 free (1:33.97)… Was a member of UF’s NCAA runner-up crew in the 800 free relay… SEC Championships: Posted a 200 free mark of 1:33.95, 500 free time of 4:12.73 and a 1650 free mark of 14:43.15 to place second in each race… His mile time broke UF’s 28-year old record, but teammate Arthur Frayler holds the school record, as he placed first in the race with a time of 14:38.06… Won seven individual events during the regular season and invitational competition.

Prior to Florida
  • Originally from Rome, Italy, but moved to Gainesville prior to the start of his high school senior season to swim with Gator Swim Club
  • Maintains dual American and Italian citizenship
  • Was ranked as a five-star recruit in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings
  • Did not swim during the 2013 high school season
 
Top Times (in yards)
50 free 21.80 Last Chance Meet (Feb. 27, 2015)
100 free 45.05 Ohio State Invitational (Nov. 22, 2015)
200 free 1:32.62 2016 NCAA Championships (March 25, 2016)
500 free 4:09.98 2016 NCAA Championships (March 24, 2016)
1000 free 9:04.15 Auburn (Jan. 25, 2014)
1650 free 14:38.40 2017 NCAA Championships (March 25, 2017)
100 back 54.28 All-Florida Invitational (Sept. 27, 2013)
100 fly 51.79 Florida Atlantic (Jan. 18, 2014)
200 fly 1:54.26 Florida Atlantic (Jan. 18, 2014)



Palmares

Andrea Mitchell has won several Italian Championships and holds many Italian age records on the 100, 200, 400 freestyle and relays.
With the Florida Gators has earned 8 All-America honors NCAA Championships, 200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
SEC Freshman of the Year 2014 Second Team All-SEC - Three-time SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Week - College Swimming & Diving Honors Nominee "Male Break Out Athlete"

2017 World University Games Taipei (China) - August 2017 • Silver 4x200 freestyle relay
• Sixth 200 freestyle
• Eighth 400 freestyle
European Championships – London, 16 – 22 May 2016 • Bronze - 800 freestyle Relay (D’Arrigo, Magnini, Dotto, Detti)
• Eighth 200 freestyle
NCAA Championships – Atlanta, GA 23 – 26 March 2016 • Bronze - 800 freestyle Relay (Werner, Switkowski, D'Arrigo, Szaranek, 6:09.84 UF Record)
• Silver 500 freestyle (4:09.98 UF Record)
SEC Championships - Columbia University 16-20 February 2016 • SEC Champion - 800 freestyle Relay (Werner, Szaranek, D'Arrigo, Switkowski, 6:13.64)
• Bronze – 500 freestyle
SEC Championships - Auburn University 17-21 Febbraio 2015 • SEC Champion (500 Free – 4:10.77) – 2nd in UF history
• SEC Champion Men’s 800 Free Relay (Wallace, Werner, Alexiou, D'Arrigo – 6:12.85) – SEC & UF record
• Silver Medal – 1,650 Free (14:39.90) – 2nd in UF history
• Silver Medal – 200 Free (1:33. 41)
Italian Championships – Riccione 2015 • Bronze 200 freestyle
FINA World Championships (25 m) - Doha - December 2014 • Silver 4x200 freestyle relay (Italian Record)
• Ninth 400 freestyle
• Eleventh 200 freestyle
LEN European LONG Course Championships – Berlin (Germany) – August 2014 • Silver 400 freestyle
• Ninth 200 freestyle
• Sixth 4x200 freestyle relay
Italian Open Championships • Gold 200 freestyle
Southeastern Conference 2013 -2014 • SEC Male Freshman of the Year.
LEN European Short Course Championships – Herning (Denmark) – December 2013 • Silver 400 freestyle
• Eighth 200 freestyle
FINA World Junior Championships – Dubai (UAE) – August 2013 • Bronze 200 freestyle
• Fourth 400 freestyle
European Junior Championships - POZnan – July 2013 • Bronze 400 freestyle
• Bronze 200 freestyle
50th International Trophy - Sette Colli – Rome- July 2013 • Silver 400 freestyle
Italian Open Championships – April 2013 • Bronze 400 freestyle
World Championships (25 m) -Istanbul- December 2012 • Fifth 4x200 freestyle relay
• Ninth 400 freestyle
• Fifteenth 200 freestyle
European Championships (25 m) Chartres - November 2012 • Bronze 400 freestyle
• Eleventh 200 freestyle
European Junior Championships – Antwerp - July 2012 • Gold and European Record 4X200 freestyle relay
• Fourth 200 freestyle
• Seventh 400 freestyle
Trofeo internazionale Sette Colli – Rome- June 2012 • Silver 400 freestyle
Italiani Open Championships – March 2012 • Bronze 4X200 freestyle relay
II International Trophy Città di Milano – February 2012 • Gold 400 freestyle
World Junior Championships - Lima - August 2011 • Fifth 200 freestyle
• Fifth 400 freestyle
• Fifth 4X200 freestyle relay
European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) - Trabzone – July 2011 • Gold 200 freestyle
• Gold 100 freestyle
• Silver 400 freestyle
• Silver 4X100 IM relay
• Bronze 4X100 freestyle relay
Italian Open Championships - Riccione – April 2011 • Gold 4X200 freestyle relay
Confederation Mediterraneenne de Natation (Co.Me.N. Trophy) Catania - June 2010 • Gold 4x200 freestyle relay
• Fifth 400 freestyle