Steven Johnston has been named Husson Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 3rd, after setting new 12 school records (seven individual and five relay), winning all five events that he entered and also helped the Eagles win three relay events.
He started off his week by leading the men's program to their first-ever undefeated dual meet record (5-0) in program history with a 106-103 victory over Maine Maritime (MMA) on Januray 30th. The Hermon, Maine native swam the anchor leg of the 200 Medley Relay that was just out touched by MMA by .11 hundreths of a second to finish as the runner-up with a new school record time of 1:48.86. The rookie then showed his versatility by winning the 100 Fly with a new school record time of 57.37 to become the first swimmer in program history to break the one minute mark in this event, before dominating the 100 IM (58.87) to become the first swimmer in program history to record a undeated dual meet record, joining diver Tim Smith '15 in this exclusive club. He capped off his final dual meet of his rookie campagin by swimming the lead off leg of the 200 Free Relay to combine with Dan Egan, Tom Cote and Joe Vail to win the event with their second relay school record of meet of 1:35.57.
Johnston closed out the week by helping the Husson University men's swimming & diving team finished with program best finish of third overall with 119 points at the 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship. He and his relay mates: Egan, Vail and Cote combined to win the 200 Free Relay with a new school record time of 1:32.51 on day one. They become the first relay team in men's or women's program history to win a relay event at a GNAC Championship meet and to earn All-GNAC honors. Johnston once again combined with Egan, Vail and Cote to capped off day one of the 2019 GNAC Championship by finishing third in the 200 Medley Relay with a new school record time of 1:46.48. He also led off both relays with new school records in the 50 Back with a 25.55 and the 50 Free with a 21.72.
Johnston began day two of the 2019 GNAC Championship as the top quaiflier in the 100 Free with a new school record time of 48.40 before winning the event during finals with a new school record time of 47.65 to become the first freshman in program history to be a GNAC individual champion, while earning his first All-GNAC honor. Johnston, Vail, Cote and Egan closed out day two by combining to finished third in the 400 Medley Relay with a new school record time of 3:59.22. He also led off the 400 Medley Relay with a new school mark of 56.56 in the 100 Back.
Johnston was the highlighted of day three finals with a pair of first place showings, including a school record time of 21.56 to break the conference mark held by former Regis (Mass.) swimmer Kiet Luong (2013-17) in the 50 free. Johnston touched the wall first in the 50 Back as well with a time of 25.58. Both victories gave Johnston his second and third All-GNAC honors of the meet.
He becomes the first letterwinner in either men's or women's program history to win three events at a single GNAC Championship Meet, while finishing the meet with 27 points off those first-place swims tied for the second-most points in the meet and the most by a swimmer in HU's men's swimming & diving program history.