At a glance: Ranked as Ohio’s No. 1 prospect in the class of 2012 by SwimmingWorld.com … won multiple events at the YMCA National Championships: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle … a member of the U.S. Junior National Team … qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
As a senior: Big Ten Champion as a member of the 200 Free relay team… Named First team All-Big Ten… Honorable Mention All-American… Swam in the inaugural USA College Challenge… NCAA Championship Participant for the Buckeyes in two events: 100 Free and 200 Free… Competed for the Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships and placed second in the 200 Free… Came in sixth for the 100 Free at the Big Ten Championships… Placed first five times in 100 Free this year including the Dual meets against Michigan, Wright State, and Kenyon… Third fastest 50 Free time for the Buckeyes with a time of 19.61… Second fastest time for team in 100 Free with a time of 42.48… Fastest 200 Free Time for the Buckeyes with a time of 1:33.25 came at the Big Ten Championships
As a sophomore: A member of two school-record setting relay teams in 2013-14 – 400 freestyle (2:51.26) and 800 freestyle (6:19.28) … captured a Big Ten championship alongside the 200 freestyle relay (1:17.93) … earned First Team All-Big Ten recognition … also swam on the 200 medley relay team at Big Tens, which placed third … qualified for the NCAA championships in five events – 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay … received honorable mention All-America accolades with the Buckeye 200 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle at NCAAs.
As a freshman: Represented Ohio State at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, swimming the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle events … placed 18th at Big Tens in the 100 freestyle (44.24) …opened Buckeye career at a home meet vs. Cleveland State and Kenyon (Oct. 26) … touched first at the Ohio State Winter Invite in the 100 freestyle with a finals time of 45.33.
Background: Josh arrives at Ohio State as one of the best swimmers in the class of 2012 … did not compete at the Ohio High School state championships because he was home schooled; however, projected time in the 100 freestyle would have not only captured the 100 freestyle championship but broken the 20-year-old record held by Olympian Joe Hudepohl … lists breaking the Ohio 18-under record in the 100 freestyle at the YMCA Nationals as his greatest sports thrill to date … believes experience at Ohio State will provide preparation for a shot at the 2016 Olympic Games … likes solving the rubrics cube, doing card tricks and spending time with friends in his spare time … represented the Auglaize Mercer YMCA Waves … son of Jeff and Marscia Fleagle.