Blair Bish, a senior at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, has given his verbal commitment to the University of Arizona and will be heading west to Tucson in the fall of 2015.
Bish is a three-time Arkansas state high school champion for Little Rock Central: in 2014 he won the 50 and 100 free; in 2013 he won the 200 IM and was third in the 100 free; and in 2012 he was second in the 200 IM and second in the 100 breast. Bish has been named to Arkansas’ All-State team twice.
Bish trains with Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team. At Junior Nationals this past summer he swam the 50m free, 100m breast, 200m breast, and 200m IM. He finished fourth in the 100m breast with an Olympic Trials cut of 1:02.88. His top times are:
|100y breast: 54.24||100m breast: 1:02.88|
|200y breast: 2:02.81||200m breast: 2:22.04|
|200y IM: 1:50.52||200m breast: 2:09.00|
|400y IM: 3:58.45||400m IM: 4:40.65|
|50y free: 20.91||50m free: 24.10|
The Wildcats are beginning to fill out a strong roster, with Bish, backstrokers Matt Lujan and Chatham Dobbs, and sprinter Chad Idensohn. Bish won’t overlap with the Wildcats’ NCAA record-holder Kevin Cordes, who is a senior this year, but he will share a pool with fellow Arkansas breaststroker Gage Crosby.
Bish is only about a second away from making a final at NCAAs in the 100, and if his progress this summer is any indication (he dropped nearly two seconds in the 100m breast), he may be a significant asset for the Wildcats beginning his freshman year.