As a Junior (2007-08): Won the 400 free against UMBC (3:08.80)...competed on the first-place 200 free relay squad at the Terrapin Cup...had a season-best time at the ACC Championships in the 50 (21.22) and 100 free (46.83) as well as the 100 breaststroke (58.29)...finished third in the 400 free against Duke (3:12.47).
As a Sophomore (2006-07): Placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.19) in his first appearance of the season against Western Kentucky at home ... member of the first-place 200 breaststroke relay team (1:50.56), 400 free relay team (3:12.45), 200 free relay team (1:26.20), and anchored the fourth-place 400 medley relay team (3:34.97) at the FIU Invitational ... in the last home meet of the season against Pittsburgh and Villanova, finished ninth in the 50 free (22.44), seventh in the 100 breast (1:01.37) and was a member of the second-place 200 free relay team (1:24.55) and 400 free relay team (3:08.00) ... placed 11th in the 50 free (22.36) against Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech ... took second in the 100 free (48.14), seventh in the 100 breast (1:01.40) and helped the 200 free relay team to first place at North Carolina ... placed fourth in the 50 free (21.85), was a member of the first-place 200 free relay team (1:22.43), and helped the 200 medley relay team to fourth place (1:38.59) at Virginia ... established career-best times in the 50 free (21.38) and 100 free (47.09) at the ACC Championships ... also swam a season-best time in the 100 breast at ACCs (1:01.01).
As a Freshman (2005-06): Placed 47th overall at the 2006 ACC Championships in the 50 free, setting a then-career record in the process (21.73) ... finished 30th overall at ACCs in the 100 breast (1:01.49) ... set a then-personal record in the 100 free at ACCs, finishing 42nd (47.46).
Before Maryland: Lettered in swimming, track and soccer at Providence High School ... was the conference champion in the pole vault his senior year ... holds the school record in the 100 breast and named the MVP all four years ... all-county swim team selection his junior and senior years.
Personal: John H. Closs ... son of Laurie and John Closs ... has two sisters, Kelly and Kim ... majoring in engineering and business ... member of the National Honor Society and earned the distinction of an Eagle Scout ... names wake-surfer Laird Hamilton as his favorite athlete ... chose Maryland for its academics and athletics.