Jun 15, 2010 9:09 PM by Jordan Mason

10-year old swimmer is Little Athlete of the Week

Every week during the school year, News First 5 pays special recognition to the High School Athlete of the Week. Now that summer is here, our focus has changed to those athletes who have not yet made it to high school.  In our first installment of the News First 5 Little Athletes of the Week Series, we introduce you to a young swimmer who has already garnered some national recognition.

Cat Wright is so blazing fast in the swimming pool, she makes the other kids cry.

"They walk away mad," said Cat. "But my parents taught me to encourage them even if I beat them. Don't be a sore winner or sore loser."

The ten-year old from Pueblo was ranked as one of the best young swimmers in all of Colorado last year. And she can do all four strokes. Some are really tough.

"Butterfly is harder than others so you get tired easier," said Cat.

And some can be really boring, like the backstroke.

"You're just on your back and sometimes you get dizzy and you just sort of get tired of looking at the ceiling," said Cat.

Cut little Cat always makes sure she has enough carbs to give her the energy for those long, ceiling-watching races.

"Before my races, I always eat spaghetti, with just butter."

And after getting cheered on by family and friends, her favorite part of the day is a nice warm towel, then off to home for another plate of spaghetti, with butter.

Cat Wright was ranked as high as seventh in the country last year for nine-year-olds in the 50-meter fly. She also enjoys triathlons and is a straight-A student.

All summer long we salute the 14-and-under Little Athletes of the Week. Go to to nominate your little athlete.



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