Brielle Trujillo didn’t consider herself a competitive swimmer prior to high school.

She began swimming while tagging along with her older brother Devon while he practiced club swimming.

She learned to swim, but didn’t compete until a freshman at Pueblo West High School.

Now a senior for the Cyclones swimming and diving team, Trujillo is a state qualifier and one of the key swimmers on the team.

Much of her success she attributes to her brother and role model.

“A lot of it comes from my brother,” she said. “He would work with me for hours at Pueblo Athletic Club and The YMCA.”

Trujillo also learned from her teammates on her current and previous teams.

Those teammates pushed her to improve. Now as one of the few seniors on the roster, she looks to do the same for younger girls.

“I definitely like to lead by example,” she said. “I try to view the team as one big friend group. I lead through my actions.”

Those actions include swimming her hardest, anchoring the 200-yard freestyle relay team and constantly cheering on her teammates.

Her role as anchor for the relay team is one she enjoys, thoroughly.

“I see being the anchor as the last go, if everyone’s giving their whole effort to do this, and it’s tight I’m just the last go and the last push until we’re done,” Trujillo said. “I like to bring it home. Winning is really great, especially knowing I can go in whether I have a lead or have the lead and that feeling of finishing strong and finishing hard into that wall is such a great feeling.”

Last year Trujillo was part of the 200 medley relay team that qualified for state.

This year she’s one of the only swimmers to return from that team.

To get back to state, she must help bring the new swimmers. She calls the process rebuilding and early on the season she said she’s encouraged by what she sees.

“We’re doing really good and I think we’ve come a long way from the beginning of the season,” Trujillo said. “We have a lot of underclassmen which is awesome and I think they’ve come along way away.”

To help with the rebuild, Trujillo said she focuses mentally on being a positive teammate.

She looks to build her teammates up and encourage them the way upperclassmen did for her.

Much of her positivity stems from lessons she learned from her biggest role model: her brother.

“He’s my rock,” Trujillo said. “He’s amazing. HIs best quality is his kindness.If I could take any quality that he has, and be that myself, I’d want to be as kind as he is.”

His impact on Trujillo’s life goes far beyond the pool.

Trujillo aspires to be like her 23-year-old brother out of the pool as well.

“He was a great student but he’s just great in so many ways,” she said. “If I could be anybody in the world, I’d be my brother. He is my biggest supporter. He’s my biggest role model.”

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