Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Melissa Johnson
Melissa Johnson


Phoenix, Ariz

High School:
Shadow Mountain HS





Personal Bests
200 IM - 2:06.2
500 free - 4:45.4
1000 free - 9:49.2
1650 free - 16:25.00

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 free... 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... Intends to pursue a degree in history, with interest in becoming an attorney who will "defend First Amendment rights"... Says she chose the University of Arizona because of head coach Frank Busch.