She's taken the junior ranks by storm, now Monique Wieruszowski is eyeing up the next level of swimming competition.
And to do so, she's enlisted the help of one of the world's best.
The 16-year-old earlier this month broke the national 100 metres breaststroke record, adding to what's already been a successful year, headlined by silver at the junior world champs.
But, it's that medal has only added to her determination.
With a new club, a new coach, a new level of drive, Wieruszowski will do whatever it takes to be the best.
As first revealed by Newshub, she's moved from Taranaki to Auckland to have access to better facilities and coaching.
Her dedication and work ethic has impressed her peers and the governing body.
"[She's] just a sponge when it comes to learning, a great trainer," Swimming NZ Olympic programme lead Gary Francis told Newshub.
"She's certainly got the potential to be world-class. I wouldn't want to put the extra pressure on her by saying how good.
"But she certainly could be right up there."
She's also teamed up with Graham Hill, who helped guide Chad Le Clos to an upset win over Michael Phelps at the London Olympics in 2012.
"He just knows everything," said Wieruszowski. "He knows how to make me better.
And be better is what she wants to do.
While Wieruszowski's silver medal at this year's junior world championships may be seen by some as success, for her, it was a disappointment.
"I was gutted to come second," she added. "But it's definitely made me hungrier to go and win next time."
That next time, could be an even bigger stage.2023-11-19T06:07:17Z dg43tfdfdgfd