Karlee Bispo has a lifetime of swimming ahead of her.
But first, the Downey High senior must finish her historic high school career. And she'll do it without the benefit of a home pool.
Bispo has accepted an athletic scholarship to swim for Texas next year, and she's qualified for this summer's Olympic Trials in four events.
Her high school resume is impressive, too. She holds six Modesto Metro Conference records. She has won six titles in three years at the Sac-Joaquin Section championships. Should Bispo win two more section titles this year -- as expected -- it will be a record that can never be broken; swimmers can only compete in two events.
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"The Trials are coming up, so I'm getting in a few long-course meets to get ready for it," Bispo said. "But I'm also focusing on my last high school season. It's been a lot of fun."
Downey's pool is being renovated, so Bispo and her teammates pack up each afternoon to train at Davis High.
"It's just different, training at another pool," she said. "It's still swimming."
Plus, Bispo hopes to qualify for more events at the Olympic Trials, to be held this summer in Omaha, Neb. She's in the field for the 50-meter, 100 and 200 freestyles and 200 individual medley.
"It's just an exciting time," Bispo said. "There's the section championships, the Trials and then Texas. I'm really excited about Texas."
Two more section titles would cement her status as one of the top swimmers ever to compete in the section. And that's a long list.
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