Elkins' Delaney Johnson will be continuing her swimming career in the Ivy League as she signed a grant and aid offer Monday to attend Princeton University next fall.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity of swimming at the next level," Johnson said. "I am glad that I made my decision and know a lot more stress is off my back."
Johnson was a four-year swimmer at Elkins High School. She will be the first EHS?graduate to play sports at an Ivy League school, according to EHS administration.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins High School’s Delaney Johnson signs to attend Princeton University on Monday. Also shown are, front row from left, Peggy Johnson, mother, Morgan Johnson, sister, and Mike Johnson, father; and back row from left, Todd Price, athletic director, Jean Schmidt, EHS?swim coach, and David Fincham, principal.
During her time at EHS, Johnson won the state title in the 50-yard freestyle back-to-back years in 2010-11 and won the 100-yard freestyle in 2011.
She also was a member of the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that won a state title in 2012, and a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay state title team this past season.
She was also runner-up this past season in the 100-yard butterfly at the state meet.
Johnson was also named NCAC Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and was named Big 10 Swimmer of the Year three times. She was also named to the All-Region Team for three years and the All-State team for two years.
Johnson participated in the Elkins Otters swim team from the age of 9 and was on the Randolph County Area YMCA swim team.
Just last month she competed in the 2013 YMCA Short Course National Championship in North Carolina. She competed in the 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and set personal bests.
Johnson has a 4.5 GPA and is the valedictorian of her class. She is the daughter of Mike and Peggy Johnson of Elkins and plans to major in molecular biology.
"I fell in love with the (Princeton) campus when I want on a tour," Johnson said. "I was able to meet with the assistant coach while I was there and really liked the coaching staff.
"I have had so much support in swimming over the years from coaches, teammates and not just my parents, but other swim parents as well," Johnson said. "I will always be greatful for the help and support I have had along the way throughout my high school career."