This is the next installment in a continuing series of articles over the next year where we follow the progress of our local Olympic hopefuls.
Kaitlyn Johnson still has her sights set on the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials in late June and early July, and took another successful step in that direction last weekend.
Johnson swam in the WV 2016 Short Course Championships at West Virginia University and produced five first-place finishes and three meet records.
Johnson blew away the field in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle with her time of 1:50.95, opting out of the finals.
The Uniontown graduate finished first in preliminaries of the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.32 and then came back with a meet record time of 53.90 seconds in the final. Her winning time was five seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Johnson set another meet record in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.64 seconds, 1.28 seconds faster than the previously mark. She opted out of the finals.
She wrapped up her meet with another record, winning the 100 freestyle in 50.05 seconds, nearly 1½ seconds faster than the previous record. As with the other races, Johnson opted out of the finals.