Name: Matthew Josa
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter butterfly
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
DOB: 3/31/1995
Birthplace: Berkeley, Calif.
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
College: Queens University of Charlotte ’15, Business; University of California, Berkeley ‘19, Consumerism
Team/Club: Cal Aquatics
Coach(es): Dave Durden, David Marsh
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – gold (200 mixed medley relay), silver (200 medley relay), bronze (400 freestyle relay)
  • Years of participation: Short Course – 2016
  • Medals: 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2016 (200 mixed medley relay)
  • Silver – 2016 (200 medley relay)
  • Bronze – 2016 (400 freestyle relay)
Personal: Son of Vel Josa…Has two sisters, Brittany and Brooke…Brittany got him into swimming after he fell into the pool while cheering her on… Extremely tight knit with his family…Kid at heart and enjoys laughing to the point of tears…Believes in living life one day at a time, living each minute with purpose…Loves people and helping people in need and views this as one of life’s greatest pleasures…Volunteers for Athletes in Action and mentors athletes as they face the challenge of their collegiate careers and impact the lives of others…Teaches private swim lessons to younger kids ages 6-18 and was an assistant coach in the summer of 2018…Owns two motorcycles and loves racing them…Certified in basic and advanced stage combat for acting…Sings and plays the guitar on the street for fun and sometimes as a side gig…Also plays the ukulele, mandolin and drums…Played football and tennis when he was younger…Started swimming at age 6 but got serious in the sport when he was 15…Enjoys nutrition and his mother has her doctorate in nutrition and overseas nutrition for underprivileged children…Hobbies include modeling, going to the beach, biking, kayaking, tennis, basketball, ocean swimming, cliff jumping, traveling, meeting new people and learning about history and culture…Fluent in German.