The intercollegiate water polo community has suffered the loss of another young athlete. UC Santa Barbara sophomore poloist Nick Johnson was found unresponsive at the bottom of a local high school pool and pronounced dead later monday morning at Cottage Hospital according to the Santa Barbara Independent. Johnson was 19.
The death comes just months after University of Southern California freshman Jon Walters died of complications caused by an unknown cardiac issue.
Johnson redshirted the 2012 season and completed his first competitive one last fall. His coach, Wolf Wigo, called him “the best kid, hardest working kid, a first class person and a wonderful student and brother to his teammates” in a UC Santa Barbara Athletics press release.