There’s extra to swimming than simply being profitable for 11-year-old Jane Garlock.
“She has always come to swimming with not taking herself too seriously, just here to have fun, and I think that is one of the best things about Jane,” Middleton assistant coach Hannah Andryk stated Friday on the All-City Meet at Goodman Pool. “She is here to have fun to support her friends, and good swimming comes along with that.”
Garlock was a part of Middleton’s 200-meter medley relay workforce that took first place within the preliminaries, a time that set the Goodman file and got here inside three seconds of breaking the All-City file. She additionally was on the Gators’ 200 freestyle relay workforce whose first place in prelims set a Goodman file.
Not to say her second-place end within the 50 freestyle and fourth place within the 50 backstroke prelims.
Garlock discovered to swim when she was round 2 years previous and commenced swimming competitively within the All-City League at age 5. She began out simply having fun with being within the water every summer season together with her household.
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“My grandparents live on a lake and my other grandparents live by the Mississippi River, so I was just in the water all the time and it was really fun to swim,” Garlock stated.
Although Garlock has at all times had the stereotypical swimmer’s physique and loads of expertise within the water, she nonetheless needed to develop her approach.
“With how tall of a body she has, it’s a lot to grow into that and know how to swim competitively with such height compared to her competitors,” Andryk stated. “She’s gotten so much better at being a technical swimmer and working the little elements of her race like her breakout, her start, her turns, making sure she’s not breathing every stroke.”
She spends most of her down time at All-City standing beside the pool loudly cheering on her teammates.
“She is very much here for her friends, here for anybody on the team,” Andryk stated. “She brings the energy, and I think a lot of other people when they are really nervous Jane is there to be goofy and to make sure that they are having fun.”
Nerves play a task for Garlock as properly however in a great way.
“My parents think I go faster when I am nervous which is true, I guess,” Garlock stated. “My first meet I was really nervous and then I went my fastest and then this (current) meet I went my fastest, too, because I was nervous.”
Garlock performed an integral position in her favourite All-City reminiscence — Middleton’s title in 2018, which culminated with the custom of the winners leaping within the pool.
“I remember that my cousin and my sister, they didn’t make it to finals, but they came to watch me, and they were in their clothes but they jumped in anyway,” Garlock stated.