News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Purdue duo represents Team USA well in its first international competition
Synchronized 10-meter up next for Johnson & Loschiavo on Monday
Tenth of a point the difference in Johnson earning 12th and final spot in final
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Purdue Men host WKU
Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Season opening action for Purdue men and women
Purdue Swim vs. WKU
Favorite Coach: Adam Soldati
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Shanghai, China
Favorite Marquee Events: World Series & Olympics
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Matty Mullins
In His MP3 Player: Memphis May Fire
Last Concert He Attended: Ben Rector
Last Book He Read: Jesus > Religion
Favorite Author: Jefferson Bethke
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Will Ferrell, Rose Byrne & Richard Linklater
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: The inside of my eyelids
Favorite TV Show: Let's Play
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Big City: New York
Unique Travel Locale: Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Country He'd Like to Visit: South Africa
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Beach Volleyball
Another Sport He Enjoys: Bowling
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Platforms
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Winning Twice at NCAAs in 2015
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Ray Olsen, American Sign Language
Furry Friend: Star, Black Lab
2016-17: NCAA CHAMPION (1-Meter & 3-Meter)... CSCAA Diver of the Year... Big Ten Diver of the Year... All-America (All 3 Diving Events)... Big Ten Champion (Platform)... World Championships Qualifier (1-Meter, 3-Meter & Synchronized 10-Meter)... USA Diving National Champion (3-Meter & Synchronized 10-Meter)... First Team All-Big Ten... Six-Time Big Ten Diver of the Week... Academic All-Big Ten... Led the team with 20 individual event victories... swept the springboard diving national titles to join alumnus David Boudia as the only divers in the country since platform was added in 1990 to win NCAA championships in all three events during their careers...was the only diver to be a championship finalist in all three events at the 2017 NCAA Championships, finishing second on platform... accounted for 57 team points at NCAAs, leading the Boilermakers to a 13th-place finish in the team scoring that matched Purdue's top showing in the modern era... also joined Boudia as the only student-athletes to win the CSCAA Diver of the Year award multiple times since 2005... one of only three divers to win a pair of national championships multiple times in their careers... finished among the top four in all three events at the Big Ten Championships to account for 85 team points, leading the Boilermakers in scoring for the second time in his career... won the Purdue men's first Big Ten diving title since Boudia swept the events in 2011... at Big Tens, set a new program record on 1-meter (470.05) and established new career-best scores on 3-meter (506.45) and platform (547.8)... teamed with Brandon Loschiavo to win the 10-meter syncro title at USA Diving Synchronized National Championships, his 12th career senior title on the national circuit... also qualified for the FINA World Championships with runner-up finishes on 1-meter at Winter Nationals and 3-meter at World Championship Trials... the only event he did not win during the regular season was 3-meter in the season-opening dual vs. Miami (Ohio)... now a 12-time Big Ten Diver of the Week honoree after winning the award six times for the second season... finished among the top five in all three diving events at Zones, clinching an NCAA Championships bid with a runner-up finish on 1-meter on day one... swept the springboard events at IUPUI's House of Champions Invitational... 3-meter title at the USA Diving Winter Nationals was his first career senior national title in a springboard event... helped Purdue win the team scoring title at Winter Nationals.
2015-16: 2016 OLYMPIAN & SILVER MEDALIST... Johnson qualified for the 2016 Olympics on 10-meter in both the individual and synchronized events... won silver with Purdue alumnus David Boudia in synchronized 10-meter at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro... it was Team USA's best showing in the event at the Olympics since synchronized diving was added to the program in 2000... also finished 13th on 10-meter individually, coming up one spot shy of a berth in the finals... finished second in the individual 10-meter competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials after teaming with Boudia to win the synchronized event... won his third straight USA Diving national title on 10-meter at the Winter Nationals in December... also won 10-meter synchro title with Boudia at Winter Nationals... competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in February, finishing fourth individual on 10-meter while also teaming with Boudia to clinch Team USA's Olympic bid in synchronized 10-meter... won bronze in 10-meter synchro at a FINA Diving World Series competition in Dubai... opted to exercise an Olympic Practice Waiver for his sophomore season... he continued to train at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, but did not compete in any collegiate meets for Purdue during the school year... he will retain sophomore eligibility for the the 2016-17 season.
2014-15: NCAA CHAMPION (1-Meter & Platform)... CSCAA Diver of the Year... Big Ten Diver of the Year... Purdue Male Athlete of the Year... Two-time All-American (1-Meter & Platform)... Honorable Mention All-American (3-Meter)... World Championships Qualifier (Synchronized 10-Meter)... Second Team All-Big Ten... Six-Time Big Ten Diver of the Week... Six-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week... first diver since Purdue alumnus David Boudia in 2009 to win NCAA titles on a springboard & the platform in the same year... won national titles on 10-meter at USA Diving Winter Nationals in December and synchronized 10-meter (with Boudia) at USA Diving Synchronized National Championships in May... qualified for the 2015 FINA World Championships in synchronized 10-meter diving, where he finished fifth with Boudia as his partner... won the consolation final (ninth place overall) of 3-meter diving at 2015 NCAA Championships for Honorable Mention All-America acclaim... won four of the six rounds (prelims/finals) of diving competition across the three events at the 2015 NCAA Championships... one of five student-athletes to earn All-America accolades in all three diving events at the 2015 NCAA Championships... finished second in the championship final of all three diving events at the Big Ten Championships... joined David Boudia (six times) & Casey Matthews as NCAA champions under the guidance of Purdue diving coach Adam Soldati... already ranks second all-time in program history in all three diving events; eclipsed Boudia's Purdue freshman-record score on 1-meter... joined Boudia as the only Purdue freshmen to ever win Athlete of the Year... fifth diver to be selected as a Purdue Athlete of the Year since 2005... honored as the team MVP... season-best scores on 1-meter (468.15) and platform (532.70) at NCAAs while winning the national titles... posted season-best score on 3-meter (476.05) at the Big Ten Championships... accounted for a team-high 51 team points at the Big Ten Championships, the most by a Boilermaker since 2011.
Before Purdue: Trained under Adam Soldati at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the club level with the Boiler Diving Academy before enrolling at Purdue... represented USA Diving at the FINA Diving World Cup in the summer of 2014, winning bronze with David Boudia in synchronized 10-meter platform... six-time senior national champion with USA Diving before enrolling at Purdue, including 10-meter platform winner at the 2013 USA Diving Winter Nationals... 15-time junior national champion... four-time champion at the junior Pan-Am Games... earned his high school diploma from Laurel Springs, an accredited, private, online school based in Ojai, Calif.
Personal: Full name is Steele Alexander Johnson... born in Indianapolis... parents are Bill and Jill Johnson... family also includes siblings Race and Hollyn Johnson... brother Race is a defensive back on the Purdue football team... father played baseball at Sam Houston State... majoring in film and video studies with a goal of becoming a director or cinematographer.