Jason Mathews

BR/IM/FR

Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 6-0
  • Hometown Westerville, Ohio
  • Last School Westerville North HS
  • Club Team Ohio State Swim Club

Career Bests

Career Honors

  • CSCAA First Team All-American
    • 100-Breast (2020)
    • 200-Breast (2020)
    • 400 Medley Relay (2020)
  • Second Team All-Big Ten
  • CSCAA First Team Scholar All-American (2020)
  • Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (11/20/19)

2019-20 (Sophomore)

  • Posted 12 event victories on the season
  • Won the 100 breast and 200 breast vs. Penn State and Virginia Tech
  • Placed first in the 200 breast in the team win over Kenyon
  • Swept the two breaststroke events again vs. Denison
  • Posted three wins at the OSU Fall Invite, winning the 100 breast in 53.69, the 200 breast in 1:55.10 and was part of the winning 400 medley relay team
  • Again won both the 100 and 200 breast events vs. Kentucky and this time was a member of the 200 medley relay winning team in 1:28.28
  • Scored in four events at the Big Ten Championships
  • Helped the Buckeyes get off to a good start at the championships as the 400 medley relay team took silver with an NCAA A qualifying time of 3:05.07
  • Set the school record and personal best en route to a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast at 52.04
  • Took fifth in the 200 breast at 1:53.04 after swimming a personal best 1:52.76 in the prelims)
  • Was sixth in the C final of the 200 IM with a time of 1:46.67

2018-19 (Freshman)

  • Breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley Relay at the NCAA Championships, finishing 24th with a time of 3:07.88; also competed individually at NCAAs in the 100 Breast and the 200 Breast
  • Finished fifth in the 200 Breast at the Big Ten Championships, recording a personal-best and No. 2 time in program history of 1:53.70; also clocked the No. 3 100 Breast time in program history of 52.73 with an 11th-place finish
  • Helped the 400 Medley Relay to afourth-place finish with a time of 3:06.20 at the Big Ten Championships
  • Posted a career-best 200 IM time of 1:46.23 for 19th at Big Tens
  • Won the 200 Breast with a time of 2:00.08 at the Shamrock Invitational; also earned a win in both the 100 Breast and 200 breast vs. Florida and Kentucky
  • Claimed a win in the 200 Breast (1:55.96) at the Ohio State Invitational and finished second in the 100 Breast (53.89)
  • Opened his Ohio State career with wins in the 100 or 200 Breast in five consecutive meets
  • Led the team in the 100 Breast and second in the 200 Breast

Prior to Ohio State

  • Two-time OHSAA state champion in the 100 Breast
  • OHSAA D1 State Record holder in the 100 Breast
  • Three-time NISCA All-American
  • Lettered three years at Pickerington North and one year at Westerville North
  • Also swam on the Ohio State Swim Club from 2013 to 2018
  • Named Ohio High School Male Swimmer of the Year by The Varsity Awards in 2017
  • Four-year MVP throughout high school, earning the honor at both Pickerington and Westerville
  • USA Swimming National Age Group Top 16 Award in both 2016 and 2017

Personal

  • Son of Greg and Elizabeth Mathews
  • Has four siblings – two sisters and two brothers
  • Chose Ohio State because of the important of family and the amazing opportunities OSU offers both athletically and academically
  • Majoring in microbiology
  • Plans to attend graduate school and dreams of helping others in a field of medicine
  • Lists greatest sports thrill as competing at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials
  • Favorite hobbies include playing other sports, hiking, tech, piano, reading and spending time with friends and family