Ohio State Gains Verbal from OHSAA Champion Jay Johnson

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NEW COMMIT: Jay Johnson has announced his intent to stay in-state and swim for the Buckeyes. The Hudson, Ohio native will make his way to Columbus as part of the class of 2023.

Johnson competes year-round with Hudson Explorer Aquatics and is a three-time Junior National qualifier. He just wrapped up a successful long course season, notching personal bests in the 200m free (1:53.29), 100m breast (1:06.51) and 100m fly (56.65) at Junior Nationals. At the Speedo Champions Series – Akron back in March, he was a five-time finalist and finished the meet with four lifetime bests.

Also competing for Hudson High School, Johnson was the 2018 OHSAA State champion in the 100 free (44.69) and runner-up in the 200 free (1:37.52). The NISCA All-American finished sixth in the 50 free (21.00) and tenth in the 100 free (46.58) during his sophomore campaign and will aim to repeat his title during his senior season.

He told Swimming World:

“I’ve always been a Buckeye at heart and I am honored to continue my academic and athletic career at The Ohio State University. I want to thank all the people that have helped me to this achievement, especially my coaches and family. I’m excited to join this fantastic program and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Go Bucks!”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 20.68
  • 100 free – 44.69
  • 200 free – 1:37.52
  • 500 free – 4:33.69

Johnson will join a talented sprint group when he arrives at Ohio State for the 2019-20 season. He will have one season to train with top returning Buckeye sprinters Kalvin Koethke and Andrew Loy and two overlapping years with Paul Delakis. Ohio State finished third at last season’s Big Ten Championships.

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a senior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She is a former swimmer for the Catamounts and this is her fourth year on board with Swimming World.

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