Jonathan was born in Massachusetts and raised in New York City. He learned to swim at his local YMCA and became a competitive swimmer at the age of nine -- competing for Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics and the New York City Aquatics Club. He was also a member of the school swim team at the prestigious Stuyvesant High. Jonathan continued his swimming journey at a collegiate level, competing for Oberlin College, where he double-majored in Sociology and Philosophy. He was recently accepted to the Teachers College of Columbia, where he will pursue his dream of becoming a school counselor.