Swimming is much more than a choice for South Central freshman Cameron Klimczak. It's a way of life.
Her parents Gretchen and Adam are high school swimming coaches at South Central and Wheeler, respectively. Older sister Tori swam for the Satellites and now competes for Franklin College. Older brother Kane is a junior swimmer for the S.C. boys team and a couple of her younger sisters are involved in age-group competition.
Even with that type of aquatic family representation, Cameron Klimczak hardly feels overshadowed.
"I believe it motivates me more; we're all in swimming," she said. "We have our different strokes. That helps me, because no one wants to be known as the younger sibling. You want to be you're own person.
"My parents push me to do my best; and I'm always trying to do better than my siblings. I'm just having so much fun doing it together."
She won the 100-yard back (1:10.69) in a prep triangular meet with Wheeler and Knox on Dec. 2, her initial prep meet. A week later, she won the 100 free (1:02.05) in a triangular with Wheeler and Oregon-Davis.
"I was still nervous (about the first prep meet)," said Klimczak, who's been swimming age group for close to 10 years. "You have a whole bunch of races in age group, now I just just have two.
"But, once I got in the pool, I was fine."
Just like older siblings Tori and Kane, Cameron is a one-person prep team
Tori Klimczak blazed the trail for her younger siblings, qualifying for seven sectional championship heats with the Satellites. She finished as high as third last year in the 100 free.
"(Tori) opened the door," said Gretchen Klimczak, who's coached all three of her children at S.C. "Now we have other teams wanting us to be at meets.
"(Kane and Cameron) saw (Tori) had the passion. Now, she's in college and that might also open (up) another option for them."
Cameron trains at Wheeler and receives support from that team, including Bearcats freshman Gabi Gilliana, Klimczak's best friend and Wheeler's school record-holder in the 100 breast.
"Gabi really pushes me," Cameron Klimczak said of Gilliana, who's been an age-group teammate for years. "We have mutual respect for each other, but we (also) want to beat each other. That makes us both swim faster."