Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Pro Team: Cincinnati Reds
Favorite Athlete: Ken Griffey, Jr.
Favorite Coach: Adam Soldati
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Adelaide, Australia
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Matty Mullins
In His MP3 Player: Memphis May Fire
Last Concert He Attended: Panic! At the Disco
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Will Ferrell, Rose Byrne & Richard Linklater
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Purdue Building: Wiley Dining Court
Favorite Big City: Sydney
Unique Travel Locale: Australia
Country He'd Like to Visit: South Africa
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Soccer
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Lacrosse
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Water
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Todd Quick, Theatre
Furry Friend: Star, Black Lab
2014-15: NCAA CHAMPION (1-Meter & Platform Diving)... CSCAA Diver of the Year... Big Ten Diver of the Year... Purdue Male Athlete of the Year... Two-time All-American (1-Meter & Platform Diving)... Honorable Mention All-American (3-Meter Diving)... World Championships Qualifier (Synchronized 10-Meter Diving)... Second Team All-Big Ten... 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.