As a child, Anne Belden remembers tagging along to water polo games and practices with her older brothers and older sister.
Back then there didn't seem to be any thought of pressure of following in her older siblings' footsteps. She would pile in the car with them to cheer for them during their games.
But she wasn't just along for the ride. She also learned about the sport. Somehow she let the game come to her.
As the years passed, Belden, the youngest of four, didn't want to be known as, "Baby Belden," or "Little Belden."
She was planning on making a name for herself. After great success at Newport Harbor High and four straight national titles with the UCLA women's water polo team, the 23-year-old continues to compete at a high level.
Recently she was named to the travel roster for the U.S. women's senior national team that is preparing for the 2010 FINA World Cup. She is one of 14 women on the travel team that will prepare with competition, including a pre-World Cup tournament in Sydney, Australia. Thirteen will be selected for the World Cup, which is Aug. 17 through 22 in Christchurch, New Zealand.