Moments later, Alex stood back and watched Kathryn take her second CIF title — and third of her young and burgeoning career — with her own personal-best time of 4:47.69 in the 500 freestyle. It was her second consecutive CIF title in the event and the third individual championship for the Campbell siblings on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Kathryn won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.71, another personal-best time.
In all, their performances added up to a memorable, nervous day for the Campbells.
“I’m always nervous,” said Meg Campbell, who swam the backstroke at Arizona State University. “I get nervous at the start; I get nervous at the turns. I get nervous the whole way through.”
Kathryn and Alex were the favorites in each of their races, as they notched the best preliminary times in each event. But that didn’t matter to their mother.
“I don’t look at my kids as the favorites,” she said. “It’s anybody’s race any day.”
Kathryn led from the start of the 200, leading by half a second after the first turn. Her lead only grew from there. Orianna Wang of Upland was second in 1:51.87.
“She trains well with her club team, and I try to teach her a couple of things,” Spartan assistant coach Steven Silversparre said. “She’s just a hard worker. It’s all on her. That was her win.
“For her, it’s not about place or win. It was all about hitting the goals she set out. She’s all about progressing herself and getting the best time that she could get. She’s only a sophomore. She has two more years. She has a great and bright future.”