Junior swimmer Shawn Parkhurst became the first Canisius College swimmer to represent his team at the AT&T Winter National Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center in Atlanta. In Saturday's action, Parkhurst reached the finals portion of the 200 fly with a top-30 finish among 68 competitors in the preliminaries. In the finals, the junior placed 25th with a time of 2:04.61, his best performance of the day. Parkhurst also competed in the 1500 freestyle, finishing 40th among 47 total swimmers.
In the preliminaries of the 200 fly, Parkhurst recorded a time of 2:04.77 to finish 29th overall, earning him a spot in the finals. Parkhurst's performance was quite remarkable, as he placed ahead of 2008 Olympic trials qualifier Patrick Simpkins, Canada Cup gold medalist Alec Page, and two-time Colombian Olympian Omar Pinzon, who each did not make the final cut.
Moving onto the finals of the 200 fly, Parkhurst finished fifth among 10 competitors in the "C" final with a time of 2:04.61, improving on his time in the preliminaries earlier in the day. South African Olympian Sebastien Tousseau would take home top honors in the "A" final, clocking in at 1:56.77
Parkhurst finished 40th overall in the preliminaries of the 1500 freestyle with a time of 16:23.47. Taking the top spot in the 1500 freestyle was French Olympian Sebastien Rouault finished the course in 15:12.22 followed by eight-time World University Games medalist Michael Klueh with a time of 15:19.32.
A two-time MAAC champion, Parkhurst currently holds six of the Golden Griffins' program marks in the 200 freestyle (1:44.28), 500 freestyle (4:32.49), 1000 freestyle (9:20.26), 1650 freestyle (15:30.56), and 200 fly (1:49.63). On Nov. 28, the Scriba, N.Y. native broke the 200-freestyle record, which was previously held for 16 years.
Parkhurst, along with both men's and women's squads, return to the water on Friday, Dec. 16 at Little Three rival St. Bonaventure. The dual meet begins at 5 p.m.