Johnson’s career nearing an end at EHS

Elkins High School standout swimmer Delaney Johnson hopes to end her high school career with a big splash and possibly capture another state title.

Johnson has three major swim meets left in her high school career – the Big 10 Championships, which was slated today but postponed until Tuesday, regionals next Saturday at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and the state swim meet on Feb. 14 in Morgantown.

“I have felt great with what I have achieved so far in my high school career,” Johnson said. “It’s been really fun and I want to end my career with another state title.”

Johnson is currently ranked third in the state in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.27, third in the butterfly with a time of 101.79 and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time 56.40.

She also competes in three relay events, and one is currently ranked first instate – the 200-yard freestyle. The 400-yard freestyle is second in the state, while the 200-yard medley relay is third in the state.

“I would love to end my senior year with another individual state title,” Johnson said. “Our goal for the team is try and finish first or second, and possibly win some relay events.”

Johnson helped lead her team to two state titles in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. She also was part of a relay team that finished fourth.

During her sophomore year, she won two individual events – the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.

“She has had a good senior season so far,” Elkins coach Jean Schmidt said. “I believe she has the potential to finish strong in the last couple of meets.

“I think she has had a good career with the EHS swim team. She had some health issues last season but was able to work through it and do well at the state meet.”

Johnson also is part of the YMCA Rays Swim Team, which is out of Buckhannon.

Johnson is currently undecided about her college choice, but has offers at both the Division I and Division II levels.