Rethamel, Cox and Swift in the mix

SWIMMING: Kyle Rethamel, Charles Cox and Zac Swift will head a strong Fairymead club attack on the Queensland Swimming Championships at Chandler over the next week.

Club coach Paul Simms said the trio, along with Jeremy Rethamel, Zoe Reinke, Ammon Lammi, Natasha Walden, Brooke Hailey, Chloe McClure, Caleb Spark and Alysse Schweizer will leave for Brisbane this morning.

The titles will kick off with relay events tomorrow and individual competition to start on Sunday, and Simms said club junior coach Scott Hamlet would also make the trip with 25 of their younger swimmers tomorrow for the relays.

Simms believes at least six of their team can make finals.

"And each of those are good medal chances - if you are good enough to make a final, you are good enough to win and a half-dozen medal winners would be fantastic," Simms said.

Fairymead's 11 individual competitors will line up in a total of 42 events with Cox and Reinke having the busiest schedules, both with nine, while Rethamel and Swift will have six each.

Cox will line up in the boys 11-12 years 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley (IM) and 12 years IM, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, and Simms believes he could be a star of the meet.

"He got two medals last year but has really turned things around in the last 12 months but it will be his last state titles for Fairymead because he has taken up a scholarship at Nudgee College," he said.

"Charles is up against some of the big fellas such as Miami's Bailey Armstrong and he's a chance in the butterflies, freestyle and medley, but butterfly is his stand-out and if he swims really well, he could do the fly double."

Simms named Kyle Rethamel and Swift as their other best prospects in the boys 14 and 13 years divisions respectively.

"Kyle is up against Dominic Richardson, who won the 100 fly last year and Dominic went on to win the national 200, so Kyle has got to beat the Australian champion to win the Queensland title.

"Kyle could be the second fastest in Australia but if Dominic has not trained hard and thinks he's a walk-in, Kyle could upset him - he's done every right and is ready.

"Kyle got silver in the 100 last year but won the 200 - Dominic under-estimated him and Kyle swam over the top of him - if he wins the 100 and 200, it would be a mighty achievement.

"But his times at the City of Charm already beat what he did last year in the state and nationals and he has ticked all the boxes and barring tragedy or disappointment, it will take a huge swim and gutsy effort to beat him.

"Zac's best chance is probably backstroke, freestyle or butterfly, and Zoe is a chance in the 400 medley and 200 medley.

"It is the first state titles for little Alysse, Chloe, Brooke and Caleb but Alysse is also a chance in 100 and 200 fly and Caleb is a chance in breaststroke."
 



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