Brothers Ryan and Kyle Johnson are doing all they can to help the Century Patriots win their sixth straight swimming and diving state championship. For the Johnson boys, the water is a place where they get to bond.
For the first time in their high school careers, Ryan and Kyle Johnson get to swim on the same team.
“It’s really nice,” Ryan said. “We always get to carpool together, but we also get to go to meets together. When we succeed, we just cheer each other on.”
Ryan is a junior on the team, while Kyle is a seventh grader. And what makes the bond even more special is that both were adopted.
“I was adopted two weeks after I was born [in Bismarck],” Kyle said. “Ryan was adopted two or three weeks after he was born [in Fargo].”
The two spend time together every morning when they carpool to school.
“We are pretty brotherly,” Ryan said. “We get along pretty nicely, especially since the swim season is in-season.”
But Kyle sees their relationship a little differently than big brother.
“If [Ryan] is around his friends and stuff and people like that,” Kyle said, “he likes me to be off to the side a little. Not talking.”
But like a good older brother Ryan looks out for Kyle. The junior sees that his brother goes to the team outings with the older swimmers.
“I always make sure Kyle is included,” Ryan said.
And despite sometimes having Kyle cramp his cool style, Ryan really does enjoy competing with his brother.
“It’s really nice to see your brother,” Ryan said. “Sometimes when we swim together and we are in the same lane, like we had in an earlier meet, it’s really nice to see my brother finish with me.”
The brothers will be back in the water on Saturday, when Century travels to Mandan for a dual.