Payton Johnson
Payton Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Champaign, Ill.

High School:
Centennial

Position:
Sprints/Butterfly


At Michigan... Three-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (2006, 400-yard medley relay (12th); 2007, 200-yard Butterfly (16th); 2008, 200-yard Freestyle Relay (11th)) ... Big Ten Champion (2006, 400-yard Medley Relay) ... two-time CSCAA All-Academic (2006-07) ... All-Big Ten Conference First Team (2006) ... Four-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award (2006-09) ... Three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference (2007-09).

Senior (2008-09) ... Championship Meets ...came in fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a career-best 53.19,took eighth in the 200-yard IM (2:00.81) after a career-best and NCAA consideration time of 1:59.75 in the prelims, and placed 11th in the 200-yard butterflywith a season-best and NCAA consideration time of 1:58.33 at the Big Ten Championships(Feb. 19-21)...Regular Season...finished first in the 100-yard butterfly against Michigan State (Jan. 30) ... swam a career-best time of 51.85 in the 100-yard freestyle at the EMU Invitational ... finished eighth and picked up a consideration time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.06, recorded a new personal-best time of 1:59.52 in the 200-yard backstroke and had a time of 2:01.33 in the 200-yard butterfly and 56.78 in the 100-yard backstroke at the Texas A&M Invitational (Nov. 21-23)... notched a season-best time of 2:04.80 in the 200-yard individual medley against Texas and Indiana (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) ... picked up a season-best time of 1:55.21 in the 200-yard freestyle against Toledo (Oct. 24).

Junior (2007-08) ...Championship Meets... anchored U-M's 11th-place 200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:29.82, 1:29.73 prelim) to earn All-America honorable mention; finished 28th in the 100-yard butterfly (53.58) and 30th in the 200-yard butterfly(1:59.60) and 200-yard IM (2:00.09)at the NCAA Championships (March 20-22) ... placed fourth in 100-yard butterfly (53.50) with an NCAA automatic qualifying time; turned in NCAA 'B' times in a 10th place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.19) and 12th place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.77) at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 21-23) ... Regular Season...finished ahead of the pack in the 100- (55.08) and 200-yard butterfly (1:59.87) and swam to a relay consideration time in 400-yard freestyle relay (3:24.53) at the EMU Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) ...posteda career-best 23.71 for eighth placein the 50-yard freestyleanda season-fastest 54.38 forsecond place in the 200-yard butterfly at the Texas A&M Invitational (Dec. 16-18) ... earned a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.25) vs. Toledo (Oct. 26).

Sophomore (2006-07)...Championship Meets... earned All-America honorable mention with 16th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.13) and set a school record in the event prelim (1:57.90) at the NCAA Championships (March 8-10); also placed 22nd in the 100-yard butterfly (53.97) and 54th in the 200-yard IM (2:02.94) ... placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (54.24), fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.90, 1:59.85 prelim) and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.51, 2:02.26 prelim) at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 8-10) ... Regular Season... took first in both the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.54) and 100-yard backstroke (56.19), and earned second in both the 100-yard butterfly (56.98) and 200-yard individual medley (2:08.53) at EMU Invitational (Dec. 1-2)... won the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.28) at the Texas A&M Invitational (Nov. 17-19) ... finished first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.39), second in the 50-yard backstroke (27.50), and swam on fastest 800-yard freestyle relay (7:31.02) against Ohio State (Nov. 10) ... placed runner-up in 100-yard butterfly (56.11) at No. 5 Georgia (Nov. 3-4) ... part of runner-up 200-yard medley relay (1:46.58) and won the 100-yard butterfly (57.33) at Michigan State (Oct. 25).

Freshman (2005-06)...Championship Meets... earned All-America honorable mention as part of the 12th-place 400-yard medley (3:39.91) relay at the NCAA Championships (Mar. 16-18) ... placed 67th in the 200-yard IM (2:05.84), 47th in the 100-yard butterfly (56.17) and 34th in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.90) at the NCAA Championships (Mar. 16-18) ... earned Big Ten First Team All-Conference ... placed eighth in the 200-yard IM (2:04.74), 200-yard butterfly (2:02.33, prelim 2:01.52) and the 100-yard butterfly (55.25, prelim 54.93), while also swimming on the Big Ten Champion 400-yard medley relay team (3:38.45) at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 15-18) ... Regular Season... garnered first in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.51) at the Copa Coqui 2006 (Jan. 3) ... took first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.45) and swam on the winning 400-yard medley (3:54.11) relay team at the EMU Invitational (Dec. 2-3) ... swam on first-place 400-yard medley (3:42.24) relay team that earned a consideration time and swam a consideration time in the 100-yard butterfly (55.16) preliminary at Texas A&M Invitational ... grabbed first in the 100-yard butterfly (55.77) against Georgia (Nov. 5) ... part of first-place 400-yard medley (3:47.58) relay team and swam fastest time in 100-yard butterfly (56.56) against Michigan State (Oct. 28) ... took second in the 100-yard butterfly (56.03) and first in the 200-yard IM (2:08.14) in career debut against California (Oct. 27).

Prep... Centennial High School (2005) ... National Honor Society ... four-year letterwinner in swimming and high school All American all four years ... three-time Illinois high school state champion in the 100-yard butterfly and three-time First Team Illinois State Swimming ... two-time Speedo All-American ... three-time Big 12 Conference Scholar Athlete and Illinois Sate High School Scholar Athlete ... three-time high school team MVP ... five-time Senior National Qualifier ... three-time YMCA National Short Course Champion in 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle ... three-time gold medalist at the 2005 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, setting a games record in the 100-meter butterfly ... two-time Speedo Sectional Champion in the 100-meter and 100-yard butterfly ... Champaign News Gazette Swimmer of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

Club/Junior Team... Helped Club Wolverine to a national title at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships (Aug. 1-5).

Personal... Enrolled in the College of Engineering ... biomedical engineering major... awarded a Certificate for completion of the Marian Sarah Parker Scholars Program in the College of Engineering (2008) ... birthday is September 8, 1987 ... sister, Rachel, swam at Northwestern University ... brother, Peir, swam at Northwestern University.

EventTimeDate
50-yard Freestyle23.7112/17/07
100-yard Freestyle51.8512/5/08
200-yard Freestyle1:51.3411/18/05
200-yard Individual Medley1:59.752/19/09
100-yard Backstroke56.1912/2/06
200-yard Backstroke1:59.5211/23/08
100-yard Butterfly53.192/20/09
200-yard Butterfly1:57.903/10/07

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