#4 in 2021, World Jr Champ Josh Matheny Makes Verbal Commitment Indiana

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Josh Matheny has made a verbal commitment to Indiana University for 2021-22. Matheny is the 4th-ranked member of the high school class of 2021 according to our Way Too Early list of recruits. He wrote on social media:

“I’m extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Indiana University. I would like to thank my family, coaches, and friends for their support. Go Hoosiers!!! #hoosierdaddy 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️”

Matheny, a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, is one of the top breaststrokers in his class and has qualified for 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in both the 100 and 200 events. A junior at Upper St. Clair High School, Matheny swims year-round for Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics under head coach Dave Schraven. He had a breakout summer while representing Team USA at FINA Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. First he broke the boys’ 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 100m breast with 1:00.17 with his silver-medal performance. Then he won gold in the 200 breast, setting a Championships Record of 2:09.40 in the process. He missed the World Junior Record by .01 but earned a spot on the U.S. National Team for 2019-20 with his swim. Matheny was also part of the 4×100 mixed medley that won gold with a World Junior Record.

In high school swimming, Matheny won the 100 breast at the 2019 Pennsylvania AAA High School State Championships going 52.52 (breaking Brendan Hansen’s 19-year-old Pennsylvania State Record), successfully defending his freshman-year title (54.55) at the 2019 AAA State Meet. He also came in 4th in the 200 IM with 1:49.00 (1:53.05 in 2018 for 8th place). At 2018 Winter Juniors East, he won both the 100 breast (52.89) and 200 breast (1:55.27) and was 21st in the 200 IM.

Matheny will join the Hoosiers in the fall of 2021, following a long line of successful breaststrokers. Ray Looze has both attracted and developed talent and the Hoosiers have featured such names as Lilly King, Cody Miller, Ian Finnerty, and Emily Weiss. Matheny’s best 100 breast time would have put him in the A final at 2019 B1Gs with conference (and NCAA) champion Finnerty, Zane Backes, and Gary Kostbade. He also would have scored in the B-final of the 200 breast with Matt Jerden (Finnerty, Backes and Kostbade were in the A final). Matheny will overlap with Backes.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 breast – 52.52
  • 200 breast – 1:55.03
  • 200 IM – 1:49.00
  • 400 IM – 3:53.87

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3 years ago

DeSorbo is gonna be upset about this one…

Big Cheese
3 years ago

Josh is a super nice and humble dude! Congratulations to him and Indiana! Can’t wait to race you guys in a few years

3 years ago

Why not Pitt?? They could have offered him more money and the staff that made him.

3 years ago

Josh doesn’t swim out of Pitt. He swims in the south hills of Pittsburgh for Dave Schraven.

3 years ago

INdiana seems to be breaststroke U — King, Miller, Finnerty

Reply to  Swimgeek
3 years ago

Not to mention Lazor and Weiss as well

Reply to  Swimgeek
3 years ago

And br dq U

3 years ago

Huge pickup for Indiana

Reply to  Swimfan29
3 years ago

Similar breast technique as Lily. Should be a good fit

Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

the guy has huge potential – he was impressive in August

3 years ago

Wow. Seeing as it is his birthday, happy birthday and congratulations!

3 years ago

Wait not NC State?

Silent Observer
Reply to  JCO
3 years ago

Not everyone can/wants to be a part of the wolfpack 😉

Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

Specifically breaststrokers

Reply to  JCO
3 years ago

Was beginning to wonder if they were gonna have enough lanes in their pool.

Reply to  JCO
3 years ago

NC state is good but the day they get a commitment from a breaststroker this good is the day I commit to jo mama university. They have the credentials in everything but breaststroke.

Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

Sophie Hansson isn’t good…

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  Oldswimfan
3 years ago

booom….. mic drop….. check your facts boy,

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