Cape Fear Aquatics’ Clem Camacho is making a name for himself in the pool.
Camacho, 10, won gold in eight of the nine races he participated in at the North Carolina State Championships in Charlotte Feb. 22-25.
He said his first win was the most shocking.
“I was really surprised because I am not a backstroker, and that was a backstroke,” said Camacho.
“We knew that he was top eight going into the events, so you have a puncher’s chance,” said Cape Fear Aquatics head coach Michael Williams. “But he swam lights out. We knew he was going to drop time, but had no idea that much time.”
In the last year, Camacho trimmed as much as 10 seconds off his personal bests. That doesn’t happen without putting in plenty of hard work.
“I work five days a week with an hour and a half of swimming (per day),” said Camacho. “Then a half hour of running on dry land.”
Camacho’s next test comes in a few weeks in Atlanta when he races against people from eight states. He hopes to someday compete against the best in the world.
“I am really hoping for the Olympics,” said Camacho, “but that’s every kid’s dream. That would be awesome.”
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