2012-13 Dispatch/Argus Girls' Swimmer of the Year: Rock Island's Kelly Bishop


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Posted Online: Dec. 09, 2012, 10:50 pm
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By Chris Steele, chrissteele@qconline.com
It becomes so easy for athletes to become entrenched in their own world, and lose track of what is tangible.

Rock Island's Kelly Bishop had lost sight of what was important in her struggle with anorexia and bulimia, fearing she would never swim again.However, Bishop put it best, saying, "Sometimes things have to fall apart for you to truly conquer them."

After missing five weeks in the pool dealing with her disorder, Bishop was able to do the unthinkable in her return.

Bishop won the 100-yard butterfly at the Rock Island Sectional, reaching an accomplishment she didn't think she would ever see again -- breaking a minute (59.62) in the event to qualify for state for a third season.

The 2012 Girls' Swimmer of the Year for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus talked about her defining season:

Where did that sectional performance come from?
"It was probably just the love of my team, and conquering what I conquered. It was a good race, but I don't think that was me as much as it was divine intervention. I think it was just right for me to prevail when I had put everything back together. I was racing for my team, my school and pride I had never felt before."

How has this changed your outlook on life?
"Instead of wanting to be the best at shallow things, I want to be the best person I can be. I want to be the best leader, and the best teammate. In the end, I realize that it's not really going to matter whether I went to state or what place I finished as long as I swam my best. I'm looking at being the best person that I can be, and that includes balance not just the extremes."

What was the reaction like when you came back to the team?
"When I came home, the team had completely decorating my bedroom with posters and streamers and balloons. I remember going to the pool and just sprinting on deck and throwing myself into the water in all of my clothes and hugging everyone. Everyone slowly surrounded me. It was probably the happiest day of my life. Looking back, that is what I'm going to remember from this season."

How important was it to have the support of people around you?
"When I would break down, my co-captin Maggie Pappas would tell me that I could do this, and they believed in me. I don't think that anyone else could have talked me out of my mindset, but she was able to and she kept me going."












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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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