LAWRENCE, Kansas - UConn sophomore Karl Bishop (Cheshire, Conn.) finished in fourth place on Saturday at the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Collegiate Open Water Championship at Lone Star Lake.
Bishop finished the 5,000-meter race in 1:02.04.90 while Gustavo Gutrierrez of Missouri was the winner in 59:25.05. As being one of the top eight finishers in the race, Bishop was awarded a medal for his efforts and receives an automatic bid to the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals next spring.
"Anytime we can swim in a national championship meet is a plus for our program," said head coach Chris Maiello. "We have started our open water program this seaosn and it was a success. I am pleased with our effort and execution of our race plans.
"By finishing fourth, Karl receives an automatic bid to swim in the national championship next year. This is a great step for him in his development as not only an open water swimmer but an elite athlete at the NCAA level.
"We are looking forward to returning to the pool and continuing our training as we approach our NCAA season."
The UConn men's and women's swimming and diving season continues with the first dual meet coming on Friday, October 13 when the Huskies play host to Yale at 5 p.m.
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