Maybe being nervous is Frankie McDiarmid-Jones’ key to success.
The Oamaru Swim Club member won the 200m 12-year-old girls freestyle at the National Junior Festival – Makos, in Dunedin last weekend.
It was her first national title, and she recorded a personal-best time of 2min 19sec, 7sec faster than her previous best mark.
“I was very surprised. I was really nervous before. I wasn’t expecting it,” Frankie said.
That was not her only success – she was also second in the 100m breaststroke, second in the team relay and third in the 100m freestyle.
She also notched nine more personal-best times over the three-day-event.
Hannah Burke (11) achieved six top-three placings and swam nine personal-best times.
Oamaru Swim Club president Michelle McLean said the club had a field day of personal-best times, as Eric Strachan, Cameron Notman (both 12), Angus Burke (9), Jasmine Hansen (10) and Okeroa Jamieson (11) all beat their previous best marks in every event they entered.
“It was exciting and really heartwarming to see the kids so proud of themselves,” McLean said.
About 13 swimmers from the club attended the meet, facing off against the South Island’s best.
“We really held our own.”
She was grateful to coach Narcis Gherca, the Waitaki Aquatic Centre and the community for their support.
The club will now prepare for the Otago long-course championships next month.