Bishop’s Boys’ Swim Team headed to Clovis May 10-11 to test their mettle in the CIF Swimming and Diving State Championships at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex. The preliminaries on Friday qualified swimmers for racing in the finals the next day.
The meet started off with a bang, as Greyson Davies ’22, Michael Yu ’19, Mason Morris ’20, and Lucius Brown ’22 broke the school record in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:33.10 time. Their eighth-place finish qualified them for the championship final.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Pierce Dietze '19 was first and swam to a new school record of 1:36, breaking the 1:38.98 held by Tommy Anderson ‘13. Pierce also earned the top seed for the finals. This swim drew comments of praise and awe from the many coaches gathered in the coaches viewing area, as they were not expecting the small-school Knights to make such a showing.
On this day, two more school records were destined to fall. Mason lowered his own 100-yard butterfly school record to 49.72. His feat was followed by Max Brown '19, Michael, Lucius and Pierce in the 200-yard freestyle relay breaking the school record for the second time in a week. They shaved 0.01 second off the newly-minted record of 1:25.05 set in the CIF San Diego Section CIF Championship the previous Saturday. With a 10th-place finish, they qualified to compete in the “B” level final. Pierce also turned in a 45.28 in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing seventh, and earning a spot in the “A” final swim. The team ended the day on an optimistic note with quiet anticipation of the finals on the following day.
The team finished off their great 2019 season in the finals on May 12 with three top-16 relay marks and two top-six finishes by Pierce. The Knights finished ninth overall in the state, and reigned as the top team from Division I and II in the San Diego Section.
Bishop’s was one of only three schools in the entire state to advance three boys’ relay teams. The relays all set Bishop's school records. The relay swimmers and new school record times were: 200-yard medley relay (Greyson, Michael, Mason, and Lucius, 1:32.58, eighth place); the 200-yard freestyle relay (Pierce, Michael, Mason, and Lucius, 1:24.87, tied for 12th place) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Mason, Lucius, Greyson, and Pierce, 3:05.99, ninth place). Pierce also took fifth in the 200-yard and sixth in the 100-yard freestyles. The final results are available here.
For some perspective, there are 4,495 high schools in California. To finish as the ninth-best swim squad in the CIF State Finals is a fitting end to a fabulous season, with the CIFSDS Division II Championship grasped firmly in hand.
Thanks for this championship season, boys!
Bishop’s Boys’ Swimming CIF championship year was punctuated with great performances and a bevy of new records that set the bar for future Knights divers and swimmers.
The records include:
200-yard medley relay: Greyson Davies, Michael Xu, Mason Morris, Lucius Brown - 1:32.58. The previous 1:33.68 mark was set in 2018 by Pierce, Michael, Mason and Adam Lynn ’18.
200-yard freestyle: Pierce Dietze - 1:36.55 (City and CIF champion). The previous 1:38.98 mark was set by Tommy Anderson ’13 in 2013.
100-yard butterfly: Mason Morris - 49.72. The record overtook Tommy Anderson’s 51.29, set in 2013.
200-yard freestyle relay: Pierce, Michael, Mason and Lucius Brown - 1:24.87 (CIF champions). The mark edged out the 1:25.68 notched by Jacob Ramirez-Cardenas ‘17, Max Brown, Adam Lynn, and Pierce in 2017.
400-yard freestyle relay: Mason, Lucius, Greyson and Pierce - 3:05.99 (CIF champions). They bumped a mark of 3:06.83 set in 2018 by Adam, Kyto Fraley ’21, Mason and Pierce.
Diving - Gavin Rosser ’20 - 106.25. He broke his own record of 105.25 set in 2018. He is one of only two boy divers in school history.
A banner year for the boys’ swim team will be memorialized by changes to the record board that will be forthcoming by this summer. Congratulations and thanks to this remarkable crew of swimmers and divers.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.