SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Emergency crews were not able to save a 19-year old man who was found unresponsive in the Santa Barbara High School swimming pool Monday morning.
The Santa Barbara High School swim team was practicing when Nicholas Johnson entered the pool. Later, high school swimmers noticed Johnson was not moving in the water. Paramedics were called, CPR was performed and the victim was taken to the hospital but he did not survive.
Johnson was a graduate of Santa Barbara High School and was currently enrolled at UCSB where he played water polo.
His father Berkeley "Augie" Johnson released the following statement on Facebook:
"It is with infinite sadness that I let everyone know that our oldest son, Nick Johnson age 19, passed away this morning while doing a hard swim set at Santa Barbara High School. He was surrounded by fellow swimmers and lifeguards and they did their best on the pool deck. The doctors in the emergency room also made every effort but could not revive him. Karen and I simply do not know what to do. We want to thank all of you for your heartfelt condolences and we'll go to ground at home and try to regain our equilibrium. Nick was a sweet boy and I cannot tell you how much we all will miss him."
UCSB's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark Massari released the following statement:
"The campus and athletics family are saddened by the news today of the passing of Nick. Our thoughts are with his entire family, parents Karen and Augie, and everyone who knew and loved Nick. Right now we have set up counseling support with the campus for all our student-athletes and staff as we grieve."
UCSB Water Polo Coach Wolf Wigo also released a statement:
"Nick was the best kid, hardest working kid, a first class person and a wonderful student and brother to his teammates. I was lucky enough to be his first coach and along with everyone in the UCSB family and water polo community, I will miss him greatly."