Cannon School swimmers are split up into two groups - one that practices Mondays and Wednesdays and another that practices Tuesday and Thursdays.
Cameron Cook goes to every practice.
Cook well knows that he doesn't have to swim for the extra hour and 30 minutes each practice or train with the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club on Saturdays, but he does it all to get better.
"I just love it," the junior said.
This dedication goes past his hard work, and it has caught the eye of second-year Cannon head coach Megan Thompson.
"He's the first one in the water, and he's always doing everything I ask him to do - no questions, no complaints," she said. "With some of these kids he's a great example - he just sets the bar."
But Cook doesn't do it for the recognition, although he is "surprised and honored" that his coach thinks of him that way. He explained that he just enjoys motivating his teammates so that they can enjoy the sport he loves.
"I feel like it's really important when you do something to have fun," he said.
Cook began swimming when his mother took him to YMCA classes at an early age, but he didn't started swimming competitively until fifth grade when he joined the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. He has been training ever since.
The Mooresville resident said that in addition to enjoying the individuality of the sport, he also likes how swimming challenges him.
"The sport takes a lot of endurance - I like that," he said.
Thompson explained that Cook, who she said is one of her team's best swimmers, is constantly asking for more to do - as if he didn't already have enough.
In addition to being a straight-A student and swimming five days nearly every a week, Cook spends a lot of time practicing his other love - music.
Cook plays piano, saxophone and guitar. The 16-year-old said that he enjoys playing music because it gives him a way to express himself.
He added that in the five years he's been involved with music he has developed an affinity toward playing jazz.
Cook said that during this time he has learned that his two biggest hobbies have some characteristics in common.
"They both take a lot of dedication and practice," he said.