Janna Kovacs and David Sikli gave it their all at the provincial AAA short-track swimming competition last weekend in Victoria.
Members of the fledgling Quesnel Waveriders swim club, both came away with some personal best times.
Kovacs, 11, who competed in six different events, said she was a little nervous going into the competition because it was her first time at such a large meet.
Once in the pool, Kovacs said her attention turned to two aspects of her technique.
“My arms and my dolphin kick off the turns,” she said with a sheepish smile.
Despite the jitters, Kovacs managed personal best times in the 100 and 200 m backstroke and an eighth-place finish in the 100 m freestyle.
The results are all the more impressive considering Kovacs entered the competition with a nagging cold.
“I was coughing while I was swimming, it made it harder to swim,” Kovacs said.
The cough also explains why Kovacs achieved personal best times in the 100 m and 200 m backstroke events.
“It was easier for me to breath on my back,” she said.
For his part, Sikli, 13, also competed in six events and came away with six personal best times and a sixth-place finish in the 100 m breaststroke, just missing the national qualifying time for his age group.
The Waveriders are back in the pool this weekend for a swim meet in Williams Lake.