Jarrett Jones and setting records are becoming synonymous. The 16-year-old from East Falmouth, who will be a junior at Falmouth High School this coming school year, had another amazing showing in the pool this past weekend at Brown University in Providence at the New England Senior Championships.
Jones set a new New England record at the most competitive meet in the region by swimming to a time of four minutes, 28.56 seconds in the 400 individual medley. That was the fastest time performed by anyone from New England, ever. He qualified for the national meet with that time. His time narrowly edged the previous best New England time in the event by 0.05 seconds.
Ironically, Jones almost didn’t actually qualify for the finals. His time in the trials was lackluster, for him, and he placed just ninth, which should have put him in the consolation round. One of the qualifying swimmers was forced to scratch from the finals, though, which opened up the last spot for Jones. He took advantage of his good fortune by swimming exceptionally fast from the outside lane and dominated the championship heat to win.
“It was really a big surprise,” coach Ron Zuwallack said. “Jarrett was a possum this morning, but the exciting news is that Jarrett is not fully rested yet.”
Jones, who is currently the top-ranked 16-year-old in the nation according to the USA Swimming database, competed in two other events at the New England championships. He placed third overall in the 200 butterfly, swimming a time of 2:05.54. In the 200 breaststroke, Jones claimed fourth overall, finishing in 2:25.13.
The Cape Cod Swim Club’s top swimmer is now headed out west to compete. He will be swimming in the USA Junior National Championships, beginning on July 30. He will remain in California to swim at the Senior National Championships, which are being held the next week, beginning on August 7.