CollegeSwimming.com Recognizes Bishop’s Fast Start with Weekly Honor
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The first time out, she was an overzealous freshman. The second time out, a rookie with some lucky results. The third time out, a four-time event winner and CollegeSwimming.com’s Big 12 Swimmer of the Week.
It’s official, Kansas freshman Haley Bishop is really good.
A month ago Bishop was the Blue squad’s sleeper pick in the annual preseason intrasquad scrimmage with wins in two races. Two weeks ago she was a rookie turning in a pair of runner-up finishes in the season-opening double-dual split with Denver and Missouri State. Then on Tuesday, she was tabbed CollegeSwimming.com’s Big 12 Swimmer of the Week, having claimed two more individual event wins and having contributed to two relay wins in Kansas’ road rout of TCU.
It took no time for the Apex, North Carolina native to adjust to collegiate swimming as she joined Kansas senior Chelsie Miller as the second-consecutive Jayhawk to receive the weekly honor in KU’s second week of competition. Bishop found herself leading the pool in every race she competed in during last Saturday’s dual against Big 12 rival TCU, registering her first individual collegiate victories in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.22) and 100-yard butterfly (56.03). The latter improved her previous best time by seven-tenths of a second.
Bishop tallied two more wins as a member of both of Kansas’ A relay season-best marks in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Jayhawks recorded a time of 1:44.47 in the 200 medley and a 3:29.34 in the 400 free.
“I had no idea what to expect coming into the meet,” Bishop said after the semi-surprising success in the intrasquad. “September was all about adapting and change for me so honestly I think (the meet) showed me that change really is a good thing.”
In addition to eight National Swimmers of the Week, 117 swimmers were selected by CollegeSwimming.com as Swimmers of the Week for their respective conferences. These selections are separate from selections made by each conference office.
At 2-1 on the season after cruising past TCU, Kansas returns to Robinson Natatorium for a dual meet against Big 10 foe Nebraska (3-1), Friday at 5 p.m. The Huskers enter the meet having won three straight match-ups, including wins over Northern Iowa and Iowa State. Admission to all Kansas home meets is free.
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