Steele Johnson wins third straight weekly award

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Purdue Sports) — Another sweep of the springboard diving events has earned Purdue’s Steele Johnson a third consecutive Big Ten Diver of the Week honor.

Johnson swept the diving events for the third time in four meets this year to earn his ninth career Big Ten Diver of the Week award, surpassing 400 points on 1-meter (431.25) and 3-meter (417.75) again. He has now won seven of the eight diving events over the Boilermakers’ first four meets of the young season.

Johnson is the first student-athlete to win three straight Big Ten Diver of the Week awards since Ohio State’s Shane Miszkiel in the fall of 2012 (Oct. 30-Nov. 13)

In the triple dual with Iowa and Missouri State, Johnson was victorious on 1-meter by 69 points and on 3-meter by 50 points. He posted NCAA Zone-qualifying scores in both events again, averaging 71.9 points per dive on 1-meter and 69.6 points on 3-meter.

Johnson shared Big Ten Diver of the Week with Indiana’s Michael Hixon this week. Both were part of the U.S. Olympic Team this year and won silver in a synchronized diving event. Johnson was a silver medalist with David Boudia in synchronized 10-meter and Hixon won silver with Sam Dorman in synchronized 3-meter. They also competed individually from those boards. Hixon swept the springboard events in IU’s dual meet victory vs. Michigan State this past weekend.

Johnson was victorious in his return to Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, where he won NCAA titles on 1-meter and platform as a freshman in 2015. He still holds pool records in both events at the Hawkeyes’ aquatic center.

Although he won’t be able to eclipse the benchmark this season, Johnson (9) is now halfway to Boudia’s Big Ten record (18) for Diver of the Week awards. Barring injury, Johnson should be eligible to win five more Diver of the Week awards this season.

The Purdue divers will be idle from competition this weekend. They’ll compete at IUPUI’s House of Championships Invitational the weekend of Nov. 18 to 20. The meet will be held at the IU Natatorium in Downtown Indianapolis. It was Johnson’s home pool at one time and the site where he qualified for the Olympic Games this summer.