Sun Valley 5B swim team’s Maddie Johnson, 14, set seven new state records during the Elko (Nev.) High Altitude Invitational, a U.S.A. Swimming-sanctioned short course meter competition June 29-30.
Johnson, a sophomore at Hailey’s Wood River High School, entered and won eight individual events.
She broke seven existing Idaho state swim records. They came in the 100-, 200- and 800-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, and 400-meter Individual Medley.
“All of us involved in the 5B program are really happy for Maddie,” said SV5B coach Brian Gallagher, “It is quite an accomplishment.”
The coach added, “Johnson’s dominance in the Women’s 13-14 age group have set a high bar for Idaho’s U.S.A.-sanctioned swim programs.”
Five members of Gallagher’s SV5B team traveled to compete against 15 teams and over 150 swimmers from throughout the Snake River Swimming region, with nearly every race finish a personal best time for SV5B.
Gallagher took a larger SV5B squad to Missoula, Mont., July 5-7, for the Splash Montana’s Quad Long Course Championships.
The 5B team trains five days a week at Elkhorn’s Harker Pool from 6:30-9:00 a.m. The local swimmers will compete in the Snake River Swimming Summer Championships July 19-21 at Boise’s West Y.
Other results from Elko:
- Christine Hughes (Women 15-and-over age group) finished in the top eight in the 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter free, 100 and 200 meter back, 100 meter fly and 100 meter breast. She just joined SV5B this past spring.
- Chloe Spelius (Women 13-14) was 2nd in 100 and 200 meter fly; 3rd in the 50 meter free and 400 meter IM; 4th in 200 and 800 meter free and 200 meter back.
- Eva Carlson (Women 9-10) finished 2nd in the 50 meter fly and 100 meter back; 3rd in 50, 100 and 200 meter free, 50 meter back, 50 and 100 meter breast.
- Mason Johnson (Men 13-14) won three events: 100, 200 and 400 meter free and took 2nd in 100 and 200 meter back and 800 meter free; 3rd in 50 meter free and 100 meter fly.