LION CAREER 2011-12: Concluded the season by participating in three events at the Big Ten Championships...Recorded personal best times in the 200 breast (2:02.50), 200 IM (1:48.66) and 400 IM (3:56.68) at the Big Tens...Competed in nine events, seeing the most action in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM, while making collegiate debuts in the 50 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back and the 100 breast...Took second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.00, helping the squad sweep WVU in the event...Also earned a second place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:09.93 against the Mountaineers (10/22/11).
Member of the USA Swimming Virtual Club Swimming champions in 2010...Earned four high school All-American honors in 2010 (100 back, 200 IM, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay)...Member of the 2009 All-American 400 free relay squad...Named 2010 Washington Post Boys' Swimmer of the Year...Named to the Washington Post All-Met First Team in 2010 while gathering first-team honors from the All-Gazette Boys' Swimming Team, All-IAC, and All-WMPSSDL...Named a Scholastic All-American for 4.0 GPA in 2009...Competed in the short and long course junior nationals in 2009 as well as the NCSA junior nationals...In 2010, finished seventh (200 back), ninth (200 IM), 17th (100 back), 18th (200 breast) and 27th (50 back) at the NCSA Junior National meet...Competed in the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships...Swam for Rockville Montgomery Swim Club under the direction of Scott Vekeman and Dave Crocker.
Jonathan W. Ekstrom was born July 2, 1993 in Stoneham, Mass. to Gretchen and Christopher Ekstrom...Has two siblings, Michael and Kierstin... Mother, Gretchen, was a swimmer at University of Washington...Father, Christopher, was a cyclist at MIT...Majoring in chemical engineering with the intent to work in research and development upon graduation.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because the great coaches, a great team and great academics made it the perfect fit for me."