USC Senior & Swedish Olympian Victor Johansson Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

USC senior and Swedish Olympian Victor Johansson, one of the fastest distance freestylers in the NCAA so far this season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Johansson says he’s entered the portal with the intention of going to grad school next season while using his fifth year of eligibility in the NCAA.

The 23-year-old Swede has been on fire early on this season, including putting up the nation’s fifth-fastest time in the 500 free (4:14.48) and sixth-fastest in the 1650 free (14:55.21) at the Art Adamson Invitational last weekend.

He also established a best time in the 200 free (1:36.08) at the meet.

Johansson, the 2016 European Junior champion in the 800 free, joined the Trojans in the fall of 2018, winning the 2019 Pac-12 title as a freshman in the men’s 500 freestyle. Johansson went on to become an Honorable Mention All-American that year, placing 14th in the 1650 free at his debut NCAA Championships.

Current SCY Best Times

  • 200 free – 1:36.08 (November 2021)
  • 500 free – 4:13.30 (February 2021)
  • 1000 free – 8:56.04* (March 2019)
  • 1650 free – 14:43.21 (March 2019)

*on the way in the 1650 free at the 2019 NCAAs

After winning the 2019 World University Games title in the 1500 free, Johansson endured a difficult stretch of medical issues in late 2019 through 2020 that largely hampered his sophomore season. This included being diagnosed with low testosterone levels because of overtraining, a difficult bout with COVID, and then being put on a ventilator due to a bacterial infection.

He didn’t compete at all for USC last season, but did have a breakthrough in the summer as he was named to the Swedish Olympic team, placing 10th in the men’s 800 free and 18th in the 1500 free in Tokyo.

Coming off of that he’s really hit the ground running this season, and says he’s not ready to leave the U.S. just yet, with eyes on racing at NCAAs in 2023. Despite being a senior, Johansson has only raced in one NCAA Championships so far in his collegiate career.

He’s also now on his third head coach at USC in just his fourth year, beginning with Dave Salo before Jeremy Kipp took over in May 2020. Kipp was placed on administrative leave in October, with associate head coach Lea Maurer now serving as the interim head coach.

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Guerra
13 days ago

This would have never happened if Victor would have just gone to swim for the Hoosiers of Indiana University and GOAT Coach Ray Looze all along. Swimmers need to understand that the overall quality of coaching in the PAC-12, has become an absolute horror show…

Last edited 13 days ago by Guerra
JeahBrah
Reply to  Guerra
13 days ago

Indiana has more transfers out than anyone, so good chance it could have happened there too.

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Guerra
13 days ago

Victor wants to leave USC and Ray wants to be there……

Guerra
Reply to  Sid Frisco
13 days ago

That’s totally false…

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Guerra
13 days ago

And you are totally clueless

Scotty P
Reply to  Sid Frisco
13 days ago

Indiana = Corn and Cows v. Cali = Beach and Babes. Obviously Ray Looze wants to swapsies.

Guerra
Reply to  Scotty P
13 days ago

You’re talking about Purdue (West Lafayette). Bloomington, where IU is, is in a scenic and picturesque area of Southern Indiana. Too bad Cali has gone to crap with the crime and homeless situation…

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Guerra
13 days ago

Not wrong but SC is looking good.

Duck
Reply to  Sid Frisco
13 days ago

Sad to see Victor leave, especially after such great swims and team morale under Lea has never been higher in recent years. Things are stabilizing and growing once again. Please, no Ray. He would be the last thing the program needs right now.

Last edited 13 days ago by Duck
Dan
Reply to  Duck
13 days ago

Entering the portal does not mean you are absolutely moving/leaving, this is probably more about looking at different schools for a masters degree.

Hoosier Daddy
Reply to  Guerra
13 days ago

Well said, Guerra! This situation was completely avoidable!!

NM Coach
Reply to  Guerra
13 days ago

Guerra – 100% agree!!! Corey is doing a GREAT job with those IU distance swimmers!!!

NCAA>ISL
Reply to  Guerra
12 days ago

You’re right, IU does such a great job with their distance swimmers! Exactly why OT finalists like Will Gallant leave 🙂

Kevin
13 days ago

Did Karol Ostrowski ever announce a new school or is he still in the portal?

Bevo
13 days ago

I love a great comeback. Fight On✌

Wow
13 days ago

Head to Alabama! #GeerUp

Swim4life
13 days ago

3:47, 7:49 and 15:01 in the 400,800 and 1500 – impressive. Get the turns going and he’ll be lethal.

Lucky 8s
13 days ago

Florida?

Taa
13 days ago

Swimswam with the clickbait. Grad school enrollment is not the same as undergrad transfers

Anonymous
13 days ago

Badgers.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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