Caitlin Krull was used to having her sister, Carly, swimming with her.

Carly was used to swimming with Caitlin.

But as the twins headed into their junior season at Sandburg in 2012, the Krulls were heading in different directions.

Caitlin would stick with swimming while Carly would switch and run for the cross country team.

Sure, the sisters missed having one another as teammates, but there was something more than that. They were both where they wanted to be.

“It was different because we’d been swimming together since we were 5 years old,” Caitlin Krull said. “It was a little sad going into the year (without her), but Carly found what she loved and I stayed with what she loved.”

Different sports for the Krull sisters, but the results were the same: very, very good.

Having decided to run cross country just days before practice, Carly was dominant all season, winning the SouthWest Suburban Blue meet and Marist Sectional meet before finishing 15th at the state meet.

Caitlin helped Sandburg win its sectional while winning two individual events and swimming on two relays. At the state meet, she finished 16th in the 200-yard freestyle and 17th in the 500 free.

The twins still were there for one another, even if it wasn’t on the same team. Both swimming and cross country can be lonely sports and support can go a long way, especially from those who have been there themselves.

“We root each other on when we’re going through tough times,” Carly said. “We help each other out, especially with injuries. We try to go to as many meets as possible, especially the big meets at the end of the season. It’s always nice to see your sister there cheering you on.”

And that’s just where they were. When Carly ran at the state meet in Detweiller Park in Peoria, Caitlin was there in the crowd cheering her on, having arranged with teammates to miss a practice and swim the next.

When Caitlin swam at the state meet at Evanston, Carly drove up with her parents after school to see her in action.

The experience obviously was different, sister in the stands and not on the deck, but any support is good support at a meet as chaotic as state.

“It was different because she wasn’t on the deck with me, but I had my teammates there (for support),” Caitlin said. “It was really nice to see her in the stands.”

In the midst of their senior seasons, the Krulls are gunning for more state hardware. Both sisters still are deciding about their college, both hoping to stay with their respective sports.

Carly would like to get into the medical field while Caitlin is looking at law enforcement. For now, it’s time to finish strong senior year.

“I want to medal in individual events this year. I’m excited to see who will step up for us this year,” Caitlin said.