SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. -- The father of one of the girls on Cat Wright's swimming relay team was the type who keeps track of record-setting times.
He had calculated how fast each of the girls needed to swim to beat the record at their meet held at the University of Kansas two years ago.
"We just swam it, and after, her dad gave a thumbs-up," said Wright, who was 10 years old then.
The girls had broken a record belonging to another relay team -- one that included Missy Franklin, now a member of the U.S. Olympic team for this summer's London Olympics.
Last month, Wright -- now 12 -- broke another record, securing a spot in the national swimming competition in Georgia. However, she's not planning to attend.
Instead, she will head to Dallas with her friends to compete in a Southern Zone meet.
"I get to go there and represent West Virginia," she said.
At the national competition, everyone will be much older than Wright, and, "There's always next year," she said. Plus, next year, she might qualify to compete in more than one event. She qualified to swim the 100-meter butterfly at the competition -- her favorite stroke.
Despite Wright's swimming skills, her mother says she stays grounded.
"She's much more calm about everything than I am," Sally Wright said. "She doesn't even know what her times are . . . . I'm glad she is just having fun and being a kid."
Wright's family moved from Colorado to Scott Depot last year. Swimming for the Young Men's Christian Association tri-county "Wild Waves" team, which practices at the YMCA in Scott Depot, less than a mile from the family's home, has made it easy for the rising seventh-grader to make friends.