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Melissa Johnson Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 30, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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2004-05 Season: Medical redshirt due to shoulder injury.


2003-04 Season: First Team All-American in the 200 freestyle and the 800 free relay...Finished eighth in the 200-meter freestyle (2:00.42) and anchored the third-place 800-meter free relay at the 2004 NCAA Championships... Posted three NCAA consideration times at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, anchoring the third-place 800 free relay (7:15.51), in the 200 freestyle (1:50.10) and in the 1650 freestyle (16:45.59)...Placed third in the 800-meter (SC) freestyle against Arizona State (8:56.24)...Was responsible for two third-place standings against Texas in the 500 freestyle (4:55.94) and the 1650 freestyle (17:27.67)...Finished fifth in the 1000 freestyle against UCLA (10:40.35)...Was fifth in the 400 freestyle against USC (4:49.36).



Prep: Was home-schooled throughout her academic years but swam competitively for Phoenix’s Shadow Mountain High School, where she lettered three times for coaches Ed Hsu and Tim Berra... Was her team’s Most Valuable Athlete her final three seasons... First team All-Arizona selection... NISCA All-American in the 500 free and 200 IM... Member of the school-record 200 free relay team... Helped Shadow Mountain to a fourth-place conference finish and a fifth-place finish at the state championships her senior year... State and conference individual champion in the 500 freestyle... State runner-up in the 200 IM... Inducted into the Shadow Mountain High School Hall of Fame in 2003... Recipient of the Spirit of Discovery Scholarship from the UA... Competed for the Arizona Desert Fox club team out of Phoenix... Named her club team’s Most Improved Female in 2002-03.


Personal:  Born Melissa Dionne Johnson on April 1, 1985, in Vallejo, Calif. ... Daughter of Kent and Jennal Johnson... Is one of nine children in her family, with three brothers and five sisters... Pursuing a degree in history.

Personal Bests:

200 IM ?- 2:06.2

500 free ?- 4:45.4

1000 free ?- 9:49.2

1650 free ?- 16:25.00

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