Two-Time Connecticut State Champ Commits In State to UCONN

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Freestyler Karl Bishop of the Sea Dog Swim Club will stay in state and join the University of Connecticut Huskies next fall. The senior at Cheshire High School was a two-time champion at the 2014-15 Connecticut Boys Open State Championships in the 200-yard free (1:41.44) and the 500-yard free (4:33.79).

This past summer, Bishop competed at the Junior National Champs, where he placed 19th in the 1500 LCM freestyle (15:56.90). He has also qualified for the SCY Winter Juniors in the 1000-yard freestyle.

“I am looking forward to making a contribution to the team. It means a lot to me to be able to compete for my home state. When I visited UCONN I immediately felt a connection and a comradery with the team and coaches and this is where I can see myself succeeding both academically and athletically. I will be joining my fellow Seadog club team member Matt Dagenais at UCONN which is also exciting to me. Go Huskies!”

Bishop’s lifetime best times are:

  • 100-yard freestyle: 49.07
  • 200-yard freestyle: 1:41.44
  • 500-yard freestyle: 4:33.69
  • 1000-yard freestyle: 9:21.19
  • 1650-yard freestyle: 15:36.38

Bishop’s best times would have given him three spots in the finals at the 2015 AAC Championships. His best times would have placed him 4th in the 1650-yard free A-final, 6th in the 500-yard free B-final and an 8th in the B-final of the 200-yard free.

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Denise Bishop

Congrats Karl, thanks for the article SwimSwam. Karl also qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 1500 freestyle with a time of 15:47.16. This was at the YMCA long course narionals meet this summer in which he also set a new Y Nat record.

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