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Johnson wins first MJHS state title in swimming

The Mt. Juliet High School swim team wrapped up a successful 12th season recently. 

Part of that was thanks to sophomore Carrie Johnson who became the first state champion at Mt. Juliet High School with a win in the 100-meter fly. She is  a 2-year All American Athlete in the 100 Fly and was named as Academic All American for 2013. She holds a near perfect GPA and has five school record times. She was named to the MTHSSA All-Region Team in 2012 and named the MTHSSA Female Swimmer of the Year in 2013. 

“Carrie is fairly quiet…” said Head Coach Sue Copeland, “but has tremendous discipline in setting and achieving goals. She competes with a fierceness that is unexpected from this petite sophomore.” 

On the year, Mt. Juliet was the Wilson County Champs. In that event, Senior Nathan Curtis won the 200 Freestyle and set a new team record in the 200 Free (1:54.94). Other event winners included Megan Hoeg (Fr), Carrie Johnson (So), Shelby Anderson (Jr), Derek Putthoff (Sr), and Austin Cook (Sr).

Top 16 finishers in regions were Johnson, who was first in the 100 fly and fourth in the 100 backstroke; Curtis 12th in the 100 backstroke and 13th in the 200 IM; and the girls medley relay, which finished 13th. That team consisted of Anderson, Marisa Augustine, Hoeg and Johnson. 

Four Swimmers achieved Qualifying times for State Meet and four additional relay swimmers competed Feb. 8-9 in Knoxville at the UT Pool. Everyone competing got personal best times in their events.

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