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Two Husky Newcomers Shine During Summer Months

Aug. 3, 2016

STORRS, Conn. – With the 2016-17 season rapidly-approaching, a pair of UConn men’s swimming and diving incomers Karl Bishop (Cheshire, Conn.) and Will Kearsey (Wheathamstead, England) wrapped up successful summers competing at the YMCA National Long Course Championships and the England National Championships.

A 2016 graduate of Cheshire High School, Bishop participated in the YMCA Long Course Championship in Indianapolis in late July winning three races. The rising freshman registered a 3:58.90 second finish in the 400-meter freestyle, grabbing a gold medal before earning first-place finishes in both the 1500-meter freestyle (15:35.36) and 800-meter freestyle (8:11.69). The 800-meter result set a national meet record by over 12 seconds.

In addition to his time in Indianapolis, Bishop also competed in the 1500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trails during the summer in Omaha, Neb. While at Cheshire, he served as team captain during his junior and senior campaigns and was named an All-American in both the 200 and 500 meter freestyles.

Kearsey, who competed at Roundwood Park School, swam in a pair of events at the prestigious England National Championships, posting a 58.05 second finish in the 100-meter backstroke and qualifying for the 50m backstroke finals with a 26.83 second finish. In the ensuing final, Kearsey posted a 26.96 second result in his second swim.  

“We’re really excited about both of these excellent performances,” said Husky assistant coach Matt Donovan. “Karl and Will are a part of a tremendous group of freshmen that are set to join our program and help us continue to compete for a conference championship.”



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