Career: Four-year member of Duke's ACC Championship team, earning three top-10 finishes in the 1,650 freestyle during his career … Graduated as the program's record holder in the 1,000 (9:07.14) and 1,650 (15:03.80) freestyle, breaking his own records at his final conference championship meet … Also graduated ranked second in program history in the 500 freestyle (4:23.69) and third in the 400 individual medley (3:54.12) … Team captain as a senior.
2017-18: Wrapped up his final ACC Championships meet in style, breaking his own school records in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle ... Finished 10th in the conference in the mile with a time of 15:03.80 after registering a 1,000-yard split of 9:07.14 ... Clocked the second-fastest 500 freestyle mark in school history at 4:23.69 … Team captain.
2016-17: Reclaimed his own program record in the 1,650 freestyle with a 15:07.72 performance at the ACC Championships ... That placed him seventh overall in the conference ... Just off his school record at the 1,000-yard mark in the same swim (9:08.70) ... Won the 1,000 freestyle at Queens University (12/3) ... Earned an NCAA ‘B' cut with a ninth-place finish in the mile at the NC State GAC Invite.
2015-16: Broke his own program record in the mile with a 15:08.84 clocking at the ACC Championship ... That performance was good for fourth in the conference and an NCAA ‘B' cut ... Also marked an eight-second drop from his previous school record ... Took 21st in the ACC in the 400 IM, with his preliminaries mark of 3:54.12 surpassing the NCAA provisional standard and ranking third on Duke's all-time performance list ... Also finshed 21st in the 500 freestyle ... Bested his own program benchmark in the 1,000 by over eight seconds to claim a win at North Carolina (1/30).
2014-15: Set school records in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle at his first ACC Championship … Time of 15:17.88 in the mile surpassed the NCAA provisional standard and placed him 13th in the conference … Shaved nearly five seconds off of the previous school record in the mile … Earned another NCAA ‘B' cut in the 500, clocking 4:24.29 to come in 21st in the conference … Notched the first individual win of his collegiate career against UNC Wilmington, touching first in the 400 IM (10/25) … Dropped over 17 seconds off his 500 freestyle time over the course of the season.
Prior to Duke: 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, World Championship trials and Summer and Winter Junior Nationals qualifier … Four-year letterwinner for Steve Neale at Hart High School in Newhall, Calif. … Named MVP upon completing his sophomore and junior seasons … Earned Coaches Award as a senior … Swam for the Canyons Aquatic Club team … Member of the National Honor Society ... Honor Scholar.
Personal: Born Matthew Richard Johnson on Jan. 22, 1996 in Valencia, Calif. … Son of Gary and Carolyn Johnson … Has one older brother, Mitchell.
Johnson Career Bests:
200 Free: 1:39.88
500 Free: 4:23.69 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
1,000 Free: 9:07.14 ... Duke record
1,650 Free: 15:03.80 ... Duke record
400 IM: 3:54.12 ... 3rd all-time at Duke
At the ACC Championships:
2015: 13th, 1,650 Free ... 15:17.88
21st, 500 Free ... 4:24.29
2016: 4th, 1,650 Free ... 15:08.84
21st, 500 Free ... 4:25.75
21st, 400 IM ... 3:54.33
2017: 7th, 1,650 Free ... 15:07.72
2018: 10th, 1,650 Free ... 15:03.80