The 500-yard freestyle is usually a test of endurance for swimmers. Katy Campbell, who just finished her junior season with La Cañada High, refers to it as her "sprint event."
Campbell swims the mile with her club team, Swim Pasadena, which is based out of Pasadena City College. The 500 freestyle will always hold a special place in her heart, though.
"I always talk about the 500 as kind of my baby in a way," Campbell said. "It's what I first won CIF in and I've won it ever since freshman year."
Campbell came into her junior campaign looking to win the 500 at the CIF Southern Section Division finals for the third year in a row. She knew that wouldn't be easy, though, after La Cañada was bumped up from CIF Southern Section Division II to Division I this year.
"I really wanted to win CIF Division I [in the 500] and I knew all the girls I was racing were amazing athletes," Campbell said. "I knew that's what I needed to work on in my high school meets and to improve and get faster."