John Bish
John Bish runs out of the water after finishing one of his ocean swims during the Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Dos Pueblos High senior John Bish capped a stellar Semana Nautica ocean swimming performance with a second-place finish in the 6-mile event on the final day of Santa Barbara’s summer sports festival on Sunday.

Julianna Penner, a member of the Venezuela Open Water National Team and a Southern Methodist University swimmer, was the 6-mile ocean swim champion. She powered through a south current and covered the route from the Goleta Beach Pier to Hendry’s Beach in  2 hours, 17 minutes, 33 seconds.

Bish, 17, finished the grueling swim in 2:23.31 and Frank Bird, 58, came in at 2:24.44 to finish third.

Thirty-one swimmers completed the distance.

Race director Jane Cairns said the day was sunny with a slight wind from the south, “but a very very very strong south current, which is the opposite way that they were swimming. They were fighting the current the whole way, which makes the faster swimmers a little bit slower and the slower swimmers A LOT slower.

“But the water was very warm, probably 65-66 degrees, which is very favorable.”

Bish, a member of the Dos Pueblos boys water polo and swim teams, won two Semana Nautica ocean swims and was second in two others. The results put him in great position to win the Swimmer of the Year Award.

Bish took first in the Semana Nautica 2-mile swim (40:19) and the June 30 Reef & Run mile (19:35). His other runner-up finish came in the July 7 Reef & Run mile (19:19).

In addition, he took fourth in the June 17 Reef & Run mile (22:01) and fifth in the Semana Nautica 3-mile swim (1:04.33).

“The last few years he has been getting closer to the top finishes at Reef & Run and Semana Nautica,” said Cairns, the director of the Thursday Reef & Run swim series. “His goal this year was to win all the swimming events and get Semana Nautica Swimmer of the Year, which I believe he will win.”

Bish is a Santa Barbara City Lifeguard and a counselor for the city’s Junior Lifeguard program. He also plays club water polo for Santa Barbara Premier.

Santa Barbara 6-Mile Ocean Swim

July 10, 2022

Place, swimmer, age, gender time

1. Julianna Penner, 19, F, 2:17.33

2. John Bish, 17, M, 2:23.31

3. Frank Bird, 58, M, 2:24.44

4. Josh Phillips, 41, M, 2:25.34

5, Brian O’Neil, 31, M, 2:27.18

6. Moby Coquillard, 59, M 2:29.13

7. Eric Kinney, 53, M, 2:30.39

8. Abby Bergman, 26, F, 2:34.07

9. John McCarthy, 59, M 2:35.43

10. Hannah Levien, 29, F, 2:36.58

11. Ryan Fass, 30, M, 2:40.31

12. Will Harryman, 32, M, 2:41.05

13. Katie Erickson, 25, F, 2:41.29

14. Linda Simons, 56, F, 2:43.36

15. Gabor Lengyel, 59, M, 2:44.31

16. Rick Wayman, 43, M 2:46.59

17. Beth Dreyfuss, 56, F, 2:49.15

18. John Caughlin, 52, M 2:54.56*

19. Phil Morreale, 64, M, 2:58.27

20. Dave Kosmo, 59, M 2:58.53

21. Guillaume de Zwirek, 32, M 2:59.13

22. Rebecca Nevitt, 55, F 3:03.09

23. Tim Costello, 55, M, 3:09.28

24. Sidney Russell, 34, F, 3:16.41

25. Mike Garley, 64, M 3:18.36

26. David Pekarek, 38, M 3:33.31

27. Anne Schonauer, 45, F 3:37.09

28. Samantha Simmons, 48, F, 3:37.53

29. Amanda Staab, 49, F, 3:47.29

30. Joyce Gagnon, 59, F 3:58.01

31. Phil Jordan, 62, M 4:03.39

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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