Downey High's Kerra Bispo became the fourth member of her family to receive an athletic scholarship, signing to swim at Brigham Young University on Tuesday.
Sister Kassy (swimming) graduated from BYU in April. Sister Karlee (swimming) graduates from Texas in May and brother Brad (football) is a graduate of UC Davis. Kerra Bispo said choosing a college was hard - she also considered the University of the Pacific because it was close to home.
"I just knew BYU would be a great experience for me," she said. "I went on a recruiting trip and met some great girls who all committed with me. My parents promise that they'll come visit as much as possible."
Kerra Bispo was unable to participate in sports during her middle school years and had major scoliosis surgery before she entered the eighth grade. After a year in a back brace, she was allowed to participate in swimming because it was a noncontact sport.
"That's really when I thought, 'Wow, I have a passion for swimming' and started getting into it," Bispo said. Though she was a youth swimmer - training for eight years with recently retired Pirate Aquatics coach Corrine Meyer Riley - Bispo said she didn't take swimming seriously before high school. Not being able to move much gave her renewed dedcation to physical activity.
The daughter of Frank and Deanna Bispo, Kerra specializes in the 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle events. Bispo, who carries a 3.78 GPA, said she's like to become a special education teacher.