The Bishop's swim team won their second consecutive CIF Division II Swimming Championships on Friday night at Granite Hills High School in San Diego. The boys scored 184 points to outdistance their league rivals from Cathedral Catholic High School (139 points) and Sage Creek High School (128 points). This year's title represents a consecutive championship for the Knights, who won the same title in 2019. The 2020 Championships were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Bishop's won two of the three relays in the meet. They started by winning the 200 Medley Relay in 1:34.14, with the quartet of Wes Spieker ’21, Greyson Davies ’22, Mason Morris ’21 and Lucius Brown ’22. The quartet of Morris, Kyto Fraley ’21, Davies and Brown also won the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, with a winning time of 3:09.62. Bishop's also had an individual CIF champion, as Greyson Davies won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:53.53. Greyson also took third in the 100 backstroke. Lucius took second in the 50 freestyle, tying the old San Diego CIF Section record, and then took third in the 100 freestyle. Mason took seventh in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 Butterfly. Yuto Fraley ’23 took fourth in the 500 freestyle and 11th in the 200 freestyle. Brother Kyto was ninth in the 100 freestyle, while Mark Stone ’22 was 11th in that same event. Garrett Johnson ’22 won the consolation final of the 500 freestyle, taking seventh in 4:58.40. Freshman Callum Bolitho had a PR in the 100 breaststroke and narrowly missed top-12, finishing 14th.
The Bishop's girls had a strong showing of their own, with three top-12 relay finishes and some very strong individual performances. The relay team of Sancia Milton ’22, Kate Steinmeier ’23, Maggie Johnson ’22 and Julia Bonaguidi ’24 were eighth in the medley relay. Camille Greenlee '24, Maggie, Sancia and Maddie Cayer '22 were 10th in the 200 free relay, while Julia, Camille, Maddie and Kate won the consolation final of the 400 free relay in 3:49.98 (seventh overall). Julia also took fourth in the 100 free and tenth in the 200 free, while Kate took eighth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
The swimmers and coaches are very grateful to the officials at CIF who worked with the county health department to bring together a championship meet, the first CIF Championship event in San Diego in over a year. There were no guarantees that such a meet could be possible with the challenges posed by COVID-19, and without their efforts the Knights would not have had this wonderful opportunity to shine.