Nobody could call Corona del Mar High senior Hollace Barden a latecomer to swimming.
She's been swimming since she was 4 years old, always having fun with it. In the summers, she has been a staple for the Newport Hills Killer Whales neighborhood swim team.
She made the varsity swim team at CdM as a freshman. But Barden was also playing water polo and volleyball, and soon she had to make a choice.
"It was way too much," Barden said Tuesday from Kusadasi, Turkey, where she and her family were in the midst of a 10-day European vacation. "I had to decide on one of them. I just chose swimming, because I thought it was the most fun."
She joined the Irvine-based Aquazot Swim Club, one of the most competitive club teams in the country, at the start of her junior year. Now a latecomer to club swimming, you could definitely call Barden that.