LION CAREER 2012-13: Swam in six individual events during his sophomore season, focusing on the breaststroke and IM events ... Competed in the 200 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 IM events at the Big Ten Championships (2/27-3/2/13) ... Turned in a personal record time of 2:01.77 at the Big Ten Championships in the 200 breaststroke ... Recorded a season-best mark of 1:51.00 in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships ... Finished the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships in 3:59.41, his best time of the season ... Set career records in the 100 breaststroke vs. Villanova (11/10/12) with a final time of 58.82 and in the 200 backstroke at the Georgia Invite (11/30-12/2/12) with a mark of 1:50.25 ... Named Academic All-Big Ten for performance in the classroom.
2011-12: Concluded the season by participating in three events at the Big Ten Championships (2/22-2/25/12) ... Recorded personal best times in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:48.66 and 400 IM, finishing in 3:56.68 at the Big Tens ... Produced a season-best performance in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:02.50 ... Competed in nine events, seeing the most action in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM, while making collegiate debuts in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 breaststroke ... Took second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.00, helping the squad sweep WVU (10/22/11) in the event ... Also earned a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.93 against the Mountaineer.
Member of the USA Swimming Virtual Club Swimming champions in 2010 ... Earned four high school All-American honors in 2010 in the 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 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 ... In 2010, finished seventh in the 200 backstroke, ninth in the 200 IM, and competed in the 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 50 backstroke 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.
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."