CollegeSwimming.com tabs Bishop Big 12 Swimmer of the Week
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After winning the 100 and 200-yard butterfly and aiding the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to first-place finishes against Iowa State last weekend, Kansas swimming and diving sophomore Haley Bishop earned CollegeSwimming.com Big 12 Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors, announced Monday, February 6.
Avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump, Bishop has put together an impressive second season in the Crimson and Blue. The Apex, North Carolina native opened the season by tying teammate Libby Walker for first in the inaugural CSCAA national Collegiate Open Water Championship and she never looked back from there.
In the Jayhawks’ final regular season meet, Bishop helped account for 40 of KU’s 180 points in the win over Iowa State. In the first event of the weekend, the 200-yard medley relay, she posted a final leg of 23.64 seconds, touching the wall to stop her team’s clock at 1:44.44 for the victory.
Later in the evening, Bishop added nine points to the KU total by finishing first in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time of 2:05.48 gave her the win, with teammate Cassaundra Pino finishing second with a time of 2:09.35.
Bishop concluded the weekend with wins in the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay. In the 100 fly, she posted her third-fastest time of the season at 56.44 seconds. In the final event of the weekend and regular season, Bishop swam the third leg of the 400 free relay. The team finished more than three seconds faster than the next-quickest team to cap Bishop’s perfect weekend.
The Jayhawks have their sights set on the Big 12 Championship where they will look to set a program record in points for the second-straight year. In 2016, KU totaled 650.5 points at the conference meet, improving their previous program-high by 33.5 points. The 2017 championship is set for February 22-25 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
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