INDIANAPOLIS - UConn rising sophomore Karl Bishop (Cheshire, Conn.) swam in the 1,500-meter fresstyle as the USA Swimming National Championships on Tuesday. Bishop finished 15th in the nation in a time of 15:31.96. Bishop also swam in the 800-meter freestyle and finished 32nd nationally.
"This was a terrific swim for Karl," said first-year UConn head coach Chris Maiello of the 1,500. "Achieving a best time at a national championship is a significant achievement. USA summer nationals is the premier competition in the United States this summer and to have UConn represented here is special. Karl is a model student athlete and I look forward to working with him this NCAA season."
Bishop was competing against the top competition in the country as Stanford's True Sweetser won the event in 14:59.73 -- the ninth-fastest time in the world this year.
"It was a hard-earned four second drop but I felt I held on to my race strong," said Bishop. "I have no regrets and I'm very happy with the time. We still have a lot of work to do moving forward and look forward to a lot of fast swimming. I am thankful for my coaches who helped me through this process"