SCRANTON — Audrey Campo regained her love for swimming after stepping away from the sport and has enjoyed a successful junior season at Scranton Prep.
Campo returned to the pool as a sophomore and Classics head coach Joe Thier has noticed a steady progression during her second year with the team.
“She’s made some great improvements since last year,” Thier said. “She trained with us over the summer (with the Blue Dolphin Aquatics program) and that’s catapulted her to another level. I think, hopefully, she’s going to be one of the top swimmers in the district this year.
“Her confidence has improved, and I think that’s really been the biggest thing. It’s still sort of fragile, but I think it’s changing and growing for the good.”
Swimming has always been a big focus in the Campo household and Audrey continued the family tradition.
“I started when I was 5 years old, but then I took a five- or six-year break,” she said. “My mom was a swimmer and both of my older sisters, Rebekah and Sarah, swam so I was really into the sport as a young kid.
“As I grew up, I just kind of drifted away from it, but then I decided I wanted to come back,” she added. “I love it, I wish I never quit.”
Campo credits the Scranton Prep coaching staff for helping her return to form after the absence.
“I didn’t start off well coming back from a long break,” she said. “As last year went on, Joe (Thier) and JB (Coach Jen Biscotto) really helped push me and keep me motivated. They helped my stroke grow as I grew.”
Their guidance has been evident as Campo’s times have dropped throughout this season.
“They give tips to help me get better at each stroke and I notice the difference when my times drop each time I try something new,” she said. “Without them, I don’t think I’d be anywhere near where I am now.”
Campo participates in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley events, but prefers the 200 IM.
“I like to migrate around, but I really enjoy the individual medley,” she said. “I like how you get to change strokes, you’re not just stuck on one for the entire race.”
According to Campo, the welcoming nature of the girls on the team also helped in her transition back to the sport.
“The atmosphere is great,” she said. “We work well as a team and everybody supports each other which helps build a lot of confidence. It’s so much fun and we’re all good friends.”
Thier has witnessed Campo evolve into a more complete swimmer as she’s become more dedicated to the sport.
“She’s an all-around swimmer,” he said. “She can basically do all four strokes well and has a lot of options. It’s a matter of choosing the events I think she’s going to perform best at the state level if we can get her there. I think she can possibly win some events at districts, it’s just a matter of giving her to believe.”
Campo and the Classics will compete in the Leslie Richards Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 12-13, at Scranton High School before the District 2 Class 2A Championships, March 4-5, at the Wilkes-Barre CYC.
Campo hopes to place in the top-3 at districts in her individual events and relays, and advance to the state tournament.
Audrey, 17, is the daughter of Stephanie and Michael Campo.
Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.