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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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