Dyana Crabb claimed under-12 age champion at Sydney West Regional Swimming Championships

There is a new Madame Butterfly on the rise in the shape of Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School's Dyana Crabb.

The Toongabbie resident was a dominant force at the Sydney West Regional Swimming Championships, with five gold medals and a silver in the under-12 girls.

Although she has made it to state carnivals in previous years, the Combined High Schools Swimming Championship will be Dyana's first.

"It feels good but it's a little bit scary," the year 7 student said.

"I haven't experienced it yet and normally I would know what to do and know the people I'm racing but it's different this year."

A successful junior swimmer, Dyana admits she doesn't remember how many primary school state carnivals she's been to.

She has been successful, having finished in the top 20 in several disciplines in the past, as well as finishing in the top eight for her pet event, the butterfly.

"Everyone says it's my best stroke, which it is, but I don't know if I like it or not." she laughed.

Dyana was a dominant force on her way to an age championship title at the Sydney West regionals.

She won the 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and finished second in the 100m backstroke. She also claimed the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle treble.

She won the 200m freestyle by more than 20 seconds.

Heading into her first CHS event, Dyana wants to focus on doing her best.

"I just want to try and get good times as PBs," she said.

"I don't really mind if I don't get a medal, I just want to do my best."

Northmead CAPA High School did well at the Sydney West titles to finish 13th out of 54 schools.

On top of Dyana's results, Justin Pavlovski claimed silver in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the boys senior 4x50m relay team also won gold.

For Dyana, her swimming has benefited from her mothers job as a swimming teacher at Coulter Swimming in Northmead and Annangrove.

While she swims for Merrylands, she said swimming at several locations has helped her develop a strong support network to push her to the next level.

"I've got really good friends and they help me push to get close to their times and we help each other," she said.

The NSW CHS Swimming Championships will be held April 2-4 at Sydney Aquatic Centre.


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Swimming sensation
Dyana Crabb left the Sydney West Regional Swimming Championships with five gold and a silver medal.
Swimming sensation
Dyana Crabb left the Sydney West Regional Swimming Championships with five gold and a silver medal.