Staples’ Bullock puts exclamation point on season with State Open wins
Updated 4:22 pm, Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Touching the wall at Yale University’s Kiphuth Pool for the final time in her high school career, Staples senior Mia Bullock’s win in the 100 butterfly (54.52) at the State Open capped a remarkable four-year career and a personal journey all at the same time.
Bullock also won the 200 IM (2:02.41) at last Saturday’s open as the Wreckers placed sixth as a team. It was personal redemption for Bullock, who placed 13th in the 200 IM last year after entering the event seeded second. During the race, a technical accident during a backstroke resulted in a disappointing finish — and a desire to immediately bounce back.
“I had a blackout, stalled and fell way behind,” Bullock said. “Things happen in swimming; not every race is going to go perfect. After losing last year it really put the fire in to go out there and focus on winning it this year.”
That day she went on to win the 100 butterfly, and has won most of the events she’s entered since. She won double gold at the FCIAC, Class LL and State Open.
“Yale is my favorite pool to swim at,” Bullock said. “The atmosphere is amazing; you go in there and it’s so loud and hectic. It’s an adrenaline rush. Going in there know I’ll never swim in that pool again made (the event) special).”
Next up for Bullock is an appearance at USA Junior Nationals, which is scheduled for Dec. 9-12 in Atlanta. She will compete against the top swimmers in the country in a number of events with her club team, Fairport (New York).
“I don’t know where I stand compared to (other swimmers),” Bullock said. “I’m going to swim in some events that I haven’t in a while. I’m looking forward to having fun with my teammates at the end of the season.”
Bullock will graduate from Staples in January, and head off to Austrialia for a month to visit family and begin training for the Olympic Trials in June. Following that event, Bullock will attend Fordham University and swim for the Rams.
Bullock credited her performance to an increase in strength and conditioning training with former hockey player Devin Edgerton at Athletic Edge, a company that operates out of the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk. The pair met almost daily for dry-land training to go along with countless hours in the pool.