JULIAN Aenishaenslin is combining brain and brawn to good effect as he pursues his swimming dreams.
Ballina Indoor Swim Team member Julian racked up a host of personal bests at the recent NSW 13-18 years State Championship.
The promising 15-year-old's display at the prestigious event was the perfect tonic for his club ahead of the next important competition date, the NSW Country Regional event in Lismore.
Team coach Pete Charlton said his charge was using an improved attitude to training and a sharper tactical mind to great effect.
"Julian has a good smart race head about him, so he goes pretty well," he said.
"He has put in a lot of hard work and is also starting to work on a few more goals, which I think comes with added maturity.
"He has got a lot of talent."
Julian collected a total of 11 personal best times from last week's carnival, which took place at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and attracted elite juniors from across the state.
The Australian age representative raced in a variety of events and distances, covering 100-1500m.
It was another excellent performance by Julian, who set Swimming North Coast age group record times in the 100m and 200m free events at the Queensland and Australian age titles in 2011 and 2012.
Clubs across the region are now getting ready for next weekend's Country Regional competition.
Hundreds of swimmers across the state are expected to attend the Lismore Memorial Baths event.
Charlton, who is also development officer for Swimming North Coast, said the contest should be positive for sport in the region.
"It is great for the area these championships are happening," he said.
"It is good that it is coming to Lismore and great that we can present an event like this.
"I think Lismore City Council is fully behind it and everyone is looking forward to a successful event."
A handful of swimmers from the Ballina team will be attending, hoping to secure personal best times and important triumphs.
Charlton also said his group would be determined to taste victory and record good performances.
"As a club, we will use this as a hit-out for big state events in New South Wales and Queensland," he said.
"I am lucky enough to have some good kids in the pool. Some of them will be looking for good times and also to win some races."