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Working out the nerves

Katy Campbell, the All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year, excelled in Division I for the Spartans.

August 23, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

Now that the dust has settled and everyone can look back at the 2010-11 sports year, there's no doubt the campaign goes down as one of the best for La Cañada Flintridge athletes and their respective teams.

Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High athletes garnered a wide range of individual accolades and succeeded at a number of different levels. Outstanding individual performances led to playoff appearances and two CIF Southern Section girls' championships — a Division I title for Sacred Heart's soccer team and a Division V crown for La Cañada's softball team.

Both squads boasted rosters stacked with talented athletes who ensured their teams wouldn't be stopped. There were plenty of other squads and individuals that embarked on deep playoff runs. La Cañada's finest players hauled in all-state, All-Area and all-league honors along the way, establishing themselves as some of the best athletes to ever come through their respective schools.

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Here is the list of La Cañada's top-10 female athletes in 2010-11:

1 — Katy Campbell, La Cañada swimming, junior

Campbell was nervous coming into this season. Both of La Cañada's boys' and girls' swimming teams had been bumped up from CIF Southern Section Division II to Division I and she didn't quite know what to expect from the Division I finals.

"Division I is definitely going to be challenge," Campbell said a week before the Division I finals at the Rio Hondo League finals, where she set three new league records. "I do have some confidence [after today], but I am going in a little uneasy."

Campbell broke two individual records, one in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute 50.99 seconds) and another in the 500 freestyle (4:53.10) and also was a part of the 200-freestyle relay team with Mackenzie Heaton, Sarah Olson and Samantha Campbell that set a new record with a time of 1:42.50 at league finals.

"She's got power in her kick and that upper body strength," said La Cañada Coach Tiffany Quash, explaining Campbell's dominance. "She's built like a swimmer. Katy is muscle."

There was no slowing down for Campbell when CIF rolled around.

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