Just 3 DARTES swimmers qualified for last weeks British Swimming Championships in London after British Swimming dramatically reduced qualifying times from the previous year. There was lots to swim fast for this year as the champs also incorporated trials for both the World Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia in July-August and also the trials for the juniors for the inaugural European Games to be held in Kazan, Azerbaijan in June. One of those who qualified was our very own Jarvis Parkinson, Jarvis qualified in 5 events - 200m and 400m Free, 200m and 400m IM and 100 Breast.
Expectation was high despite Jarvis now swimming in the 17-18 year age group despite still being 16. Now that all major competitions have changed to the 'age at the end of the year' format it often appears that swimmers are swimming up into older age groups.
Jarvis finaled in 2 events and narrowly missed out in 2 more. In line with the world championships, British Championship finals now only have 8 swimmers and with such tough competition you really have to be on top of your game in every swim. No taking it easy in the heats at this level!!
His 2 finals saw him win Gold in the 200IM also achieving the European Games consideration time in a 2.4 second PB and a Silver in the 400IM with a 2.9 PB Jarvis (along with fellow DARTES teammate Joe Litchfield) has now been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Games, and has also secured a place on the England Junior Team for a competition and training event in Italy in May.
We all wish him the very best of luck for these forthcoming events.