Kyle breaks big drought

KYLE Rethamel broke a long Queensland Swimming Championships gold medal drought for Fairymead when he won the boys 13 years 200m butterfly in the final session of the titles at Chandler Pool on Friday.

After taking the bronze medal in the 100m butterfly earlier in the week, Rethamel actually placed second to Japanese rising star Jun Saito in the event, but the medals are awarded to the first three Queenslanders, and Rethamel took the gold in a time of 2:20.56.

He finished 3.29 seconds in front of Dominic Richardson, of The Southport School Aquatics, with Judah Robb taking the bronze.

Fairymead coach Paul Simms was delighted for his protege.

“I thought he might have gone a bit faster, especially with his 100 time being so fast, but he still easily made the national cuts, and he had to wait 172 events for it and was glad it was all over once he did it,” Simms said.

“Half way through the third lap, the wheels started to fall off but he was that far in front of the rest of the Queenslanders, he was never going lose it, but the anticipation might have taken the edge off him.

“We can't exactly remember our last state champion, whether it was Nick Schafer, Nick Johnston or Amelia Holz but it was at least four years ago, and whoever it was, he is in good company.”

Simms is certain that he is capable of also winning a medal in the event at the nationals in Adelaide later in the season.

The astute mentor was happy for Jake and Jessica Hobbin to each make finals in their final meet for the club before transferring to the Gold Coast.

“Jake made the 16 years 100 back(stroke) and came 10th, while Jessica made the 14 years 100 fly and 100 back finals and was also first emergency for the 200 IM (individual medley).

“Also Zoe Reinke made the final of the girls 14 years 200 breast and came about ninth, and she was also first emergency for 200m back.”

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