The Scranton senior swimmer had two individual and two relay wins in a win over Elk Lake. He then set two pool records and was part of a pool record relay in a win over West Scranton. Family: Father, Dave; mother, Marsha Johnson; brother, Nick
Describe setting the school and West Scranton Intermediate School pool record of 47.66 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle: My first event was the 50 free and I wanted to get that pool record. I wound up being a tenth of a second off it, so I was aggravated with that and it kind of motivated me to come back and swim my hardest in the 100 (free). I really wanted to break a pool record that day. I came back in the 100, broke the record and was feeling pretty good about it. That really motivated me to go on and break that record in the 50 free in the relay. I led off and if you lead off you can record it as a 50 free record.
You swam 21.98 seconds in that leadoff leg of the 200-yard free relay to get the 50 free pool record: I got out of the pool and knew I broke it. I was pretty confident. There was an issue with the timing system, so I couldn’t get my time right away. But I kept telling my dad (and Scranton coach Dave Drouse), ‘You need to get that time. I know I broke the record.’ I don’t think it would have been recorded if I didn’t get my split. So we went to the computer, pulled the split out and I broke the record by, like, .03 seconds.
That seemed to set the tone for the rest of your relay teammates to get the pool record of 1:32.24 in that event: I came out of the pool, feeling I had a great swim. I was just encouraging them. We just kind of build off each other.
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