JESSICA Hobbin claimed one gold and two silver medals at the 2010 New Zealand Age Group Short Course Championships in Wellington last week.
But despite singing her praises, her Fairymead club coach Paul Simms labelled another of his stars, Kyle Rethamel, as his “Swimmer of the Meet''.
The duo was part of the 15-person touring Wide Bay team, and Hobbin was victorious in the girls' 14 years 50m backstroke in a time of 29.96sec and also brought home silver in the 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly, and recorded four fourths, one fifth and a sixth in a hectic program.
Simms said Hobbin was still working back towards her peak after suffering a dislocated shoulder almost two years ago.
“Jess did some good swims at the Australian Open Shortcourse in Brisbane earlier this year, and she trained really hard during the winter, and had eight races at the Queensland Shortcourse last month and collected a couple of medals there, and she improved on that and is getting back to her best,'' Simms said.
Rethamel beat all comers in the Boys' 13 years 200m butterfly with a performance which Simms described as “sensational''.
“Kyle didn't go to the Queensland Shortcourse, but he went to the Wide Bay Shortcourse and smashed his best time in the event, which is one of the toughest races, by five seconds, going 2:27,'' he said.
“Then at his first meet away in the first event on day one, he stood up and clocked 2:21 in the heats, which blew me away, then in the final, he did 2:19.20 to beat their national champion (Wilrich Coetzee) with an incredible swim.
“The New Zealander was big and was coming at him, but Kyle touched him out (by .41sec).
“He also did another PB in the 100m 'fly with 1:05 to finish fifth.''
Simms said the pair's next major meet will be the Queensland State Championships from December 11-17, but they will line up at a number of regional meetings in the lead-up, including Fairymead's showpiece annual City of Charm Carnival from November 19-21.
Fairymead was also represented in New Zealand by the pair's elder bothers Jake Hobbin and Jeremy Rethamel, and another set of siblings Ammon and Jordan-Ann Lammi, all of whom Simms was similarly impressed by.
“Jake walked the Kokoda Track a few months ago and his training had been interrupted, but he always gives 100%, and he stood up again with best times in the 16 years 100m back and 200m back,'' Simms said.
“Jeremy swam the house down every time he touched the water in the 15 years division with PB's in the 50m fly, back and free in all his heats and finals.
“Ammon made the 16 years 50m and 100m free finals and swam a PB in the 50m free, while Jordan-Ann smashed her 50m free time and also swam the 100m back,'' Simms said.