Josh Matheny

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Josh Matheny is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. Matheny first appeared on SwimSwam in July 2014, when as an 11-year-old he went 2:53.37 in the 200m breast – 30.5 seconds faster than he had gone 1 year prior.

Matheny continued to turn heads at the 2019 Pennsylvania AAA state championship meet, where he broke Brendan Hansen’s 19-year-old meet record in the 100 breast by over 1 second, clocking a 52.52 to break the old record of 53.67.

Matheny didn’t stop there, making great improvements through the summer of 2019, earning him the #4 rank in SwimSwam’s Way Too Early NCAA Recruit Rankings Boys’ Class of 2021.

National/International Competition

2018 Junior National Championships – East

Jr nationals was a breakout meet for Matheny, where to took wins in the 100 and 200 breast. In the 100, he touched 1st in a time of 52.89, while in the 200 he touched at 1:55.27. He also placed 21st in the 200 IM, finishing in 1:50.32 after a 1:49.94 prelims showing.

2019 National Championships

At the 2019 nationals, Matheny placed 12th in the 100 breast (1:00.91) and 3rd in the 200 breast (2:11.02), the latter of which broke Reece Whitley’s 15-16 NAG (who coincidently won the event). These finishes qualified Matheny to swim the 50/100/200 breast individually at the 2019 World Junior Championships.

2019 World Junior Championships

Matheny wasted no time in Budapest, registering a best time as well as breaking Michael Andrew’s 15-16 NAG in the 100 breast prelims. Matheny touched in 1:00.66, just touching out Andrew’s old record of 1:00.68. In the first of 2 semi finals, Matheny touched 1st, lowering the NAG once again in a time of 1:00.32.

In finals, Matheny once again lowered his NAG, touching at 1:00.17 to earn a silver medal. Later in that same session, Matheny split 59.31 on the mixed medley relay to help Team USA to not only a gold in the event, but a world record as well.

Matheny kept his momentum going in the 200 breast, capturing a come-from-behind victory with a huge lifetime best of 2:09.40, just .16 ahead of 2nd place. That breaks his own 15-16 NAG in the event as well.

Matheny finished on the last day of competition, first earning 4th in the 50 breast with a personal best of 27.92. He finished with a silver in the 4×100 medley relay, splitting 59.55 on the breaststroke leg.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 200 Breast 2019
Gold 400 Mixed Medley Relay 2019
Silver 100 Breast 2019
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2019

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 50 Breast 24.95 03/21/19 2019 NCSA Spring Championship
Orlando, Florida
scy 100 Breast 52.52 03/16/19 2019 MA OB PIAA States Boys AAA
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
scy 200 Breast 1:55.03 03/22/19 2019 NCSA Spring Championship
Orlando, Florida
lcm 50 Breast 27.98 08/25/19 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 100 Breast 1:00.17 08/21/19 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 200 Breast 2:09.40 08/23/19 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships
Budapest, Hungary
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