Steele Johnson
Steele  Johnson

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Carmel, Ind.

High School:
Laurel Springs

Event:
Diving

Birthdate:
06/16/1996

11/10/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

11/08/2017

Johnson's B1G Award Streak Extends to 4

Fourth straight honor comes on the heels of surpassing 440 points twice vs. Iowa

11/04/2017

Boilermakers Split Dual with Hawkeyes

Purdue men finish 1-2-3 in 1-meter, 200 IM to surge in front, but Iowa takes final relay

11/03/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

11/02/2017

Iowa Up Next for Final Dual of the Fall

Boilermakers continue to train with eyes on three-day Purdue Invitational (Nov. 16-18)

11/13/2014

Purdue Men Host WKU Mega Gallery

Purdue Men host WKU

11/11/2014

2014 Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center

11/11/2014

Miami/Intrasquad Meet

Season opening action for Purdue men and women

11/09/2014

Purdue Swim vs. WKU

Purdue Swim vs. WKU

Team USA Bio

2016-17 / AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
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
• 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
• Finalist in 1-meter (7th) and synchronized 10-meter (6th) at the World Championships, where he also advanced to the 3-meter semifinals
• Only member of Team USA to compete in both springboard and platform events at the 2017 World Championships
• 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 / OLYMPIC WAIVER SEASON
OLYMPIAN & SILVER MEDALIST
USA Diving National Champion (10-Meter, Synchronized 10-Meter)
• 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 final
• 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 the 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
• Continued to train at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, but did not compete in any collegiate meets for Purdue during the school year

2014-15 / AS A FRESHMAN
NCAA CHAMPION (1-Meter, Platform)
CSCAA Diver of the Year
Big Ten Diver of the Year
Purdue Male Athlete of the Year
All-America (1-Meter, Platform)
Honorable Mention All-America (3-Meter)
USA Diving National Champion (10-Meter, Synchronized 10-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 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
• 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, California

PERSONAL
• Full name is Steele Alexander Johnson
• Major: Film and Video Studies
• 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

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Team USA
Favorite Athlete: David Boudia
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Water Cube - Beijing, China
Diver He'd Like to Compete Against: Hudson Bursch
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: Women's 1m diving
Favorite Marquee Events: World Series & Olympics
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: My Wife
In His MP3 Player: Silent Planet
Last Concert He Attended:Fit for a King
Band He'd Love to See Play Purdue: Metallica
Last Book He Read: The Meaning of Marriage, Time Keller
Favorite Author: Jefferson Bethke
Favorite Multimedia App: A Vinyl Record Player
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Liam Neeson, Betty White & Briam Blum
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: The inside of my eyelids
Favorite Online Series: Roosterteeth (YouTube)
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food/Meal: All Food
Favorite Dessert: All Dessert
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Favorite Purdue Building: Wilmeth Active Learning Center
Favorite Big City: New York City
Unique Travel Locale: Dubai
Country He'd Like to Visit: Iceland
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Platforms
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Failing a dive in my first meet of 2016
Best Thing About Being a Boilermaker: Being on campus with my brother
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Ben Lawton, Liberal Arts
Furry Friend: Star, Black Lab

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