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Katy Campbell's consistency pays dividends for Spartans

La Cañada standout Katy Campbell ends her career with fourth CIF 500 title to go along with league crowns.

July 14, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • La Canada's Katy Campbell is the 2012 All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year.
La Canada's Katy Campbell is the 2012 All-Area Girls'… (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

Katy Campbell's signature event, the 500-yard freestyle, is a test of endurance requiring stamina, timing and above all, staying power.

A study in consistency, the 2012 La Cañada High graduate's recently completed high school swimming career could be memorialized in much the same terms.

In her four years as a Spartan, Campbell won four Rio Hondo League titles in the 500 freestyle. Lest anyone try to pigeonhole her as a distance specialist, she also won her fourth straight league title in the 200 freestyle in May.

But the crowning achievement of Campbell's La Cañada tenure is undoubtedly her four-year reign as a CIF Southern Section divisional champion in the 500 freestyle, an accomplishment only four other swimmers in Southern Section history can claim.

"Being a part of La Cañada's team has been such an amazing experience," Campbell says. "I've met such great people, I've had great coaches, I've made lifelong friends and this school is so supportive of me and my swimming.

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"This school has given me so much and this sport has given me so much, so it's just an amazing team I've been a part of."

Campbell's dramatic come-from behind win in the 500 freestyle at the CIF Southern Section Division I Swimming and Diving championships at Riverside Aquatics Center on May 12 capped her four-peat, the latter two of which were won in Division I after the Spartans were moved up from Division II for the 2011 season. With no Masters Meet held this season, that race, which she won in 4 minutes 42.83 seconds, the fourth-fastest mark in the nation this year, was also the final individual race of her high school career.

"It was definitely one of the highlights of my season," Campbell says of winning the CIF title in the 500 freestyle. "I've had such a great year being team captain. My team was so amazing this year and I've had so many great times with them, but that was one of the highlights."

For standing the test of time, turning back all challengers and leaving as a champion at the top of her game, Campbell was unanimously voted 2012 All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year by the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, Pasadena Sun and La Cañada Valley Sun for the second straight year.

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