Minnesota Keeps Breaststroker Josh Johnston In-State with 2021 Commitment

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Minnesota has added in-state breaststroker Josh Johnston for fall 2021. Johnston is a senior at Westonka High School and he trains with Minnesota Flyers Club.

I’m absolutely THRILLED to announce my commitment to study and swim at the University of Minnesota! I want to say an enormous thank you to all my coaches (especially Scott and Ben!), my teammates, family, and friends for supporting me along the way! Finally, I want to thank Coach Kelly for offering me this incredible opportunity! Can’t wait to begin my career as a Gopher!! #SkiUMah


  • 100 breast – 56.94
  • 200 breast – 2:03.51
  • 200 IM – 1:55.92

Johnston has only been swimming club year-round for a little over a year, and he’s quickly progressed since that change. For example, from 2019 to 2020, he went from 59.80 to 56.94 in the 100 breast.

At the 2020 Minnesota HS Class A State Championships, Johnston finished fifth in the 100 breast (57.64) and sixth in the 200 IM (1:57.05). He hit his lifetime best 1:55.92 in the 200 IM prelims. At the Minnesota Senior State Champs in March, his most recent meet, Johnston posted lifetime bests in the 100 breast (56.94) and 200 breast (2:03.51).

The Gophers are led in breaststroke by one of the best breaststrokers in the nation, Max McHugh. He’s the reigning Big Ten 100 breast champion, the 2019 Big Ten runner-up in both breaststrokes and the 2019 NCAA runner-up in the 200 breast. McHugh returns for two more seasons, so he’ll have a year of overlap with Johnston.

Johnston joins Chris Morris, Andrew GarnerBar SoloveychikJackson Brown and Nathan Griffin in Minnesota’s class of 2025.

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pete buecher
1 month ago

Way to go Josh! Awesome accomplishments!

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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