At the recent Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships in Kuala Lumpur, both Arijus (16) and Aryan (15) swam times that meet targets for World Junior Championship and Olympic qualification.
A total of 18 BISP swimmers took part in the event. Over the four-day competition, our team produced over 50 individual personal bests and seven academy records.
In his 200m backstroke event Arijus swam a time within the B standard for Olympic Games selection. This puts him in a strong position ahead of the World Junior Championships in August and in reach of the qualifying time for Tokyo 2020.
Major international fixtures are becoming a regular event for the young Lithuanian scholar, having already competed at the European Junior Championships and Youth Olympics last year.
High Performance Swim Academy Head Coach, Colin Braund, says: “The progression that Arijus has shown since his arrival here at BISP is down to his professional approach to training and his attitude towards the programme. His determination to reach his goals is helping him become a world class junior athlete.”
Aryan earned two meet records in Kuala Lumpur in the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle, but it was his performance in his specialist event, the 1500m freestyle, which has put him in World Championship contention for his native India. The personal best swim now currently ranks him 13th in the world this year.
Coach Colin says Aryan is quickly becoming one of the world’s strongest distance swimmers in his age group.
“Aryan’s attitude toward his training is a fine example of of the professionalism that’s required to become a top class athlete. He continues to impress and go beyond expectations,” he comments.
Congratulations to all our swimmers on their performances and professional conduct throughout the week. Results can be found on their Facebook page.