NAME: Rory Buck, ’12
BIRTHPLACE: South Africa
HOMETOWN: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
IN THE CLASSROOM: Majoring in business management
IN THE POOL: Dominates in breaststroke and freestyle
2011 WHITWORTH SWIMMING HIGHLIGHTS:
- Named NCAA Division III Men’s Swimmer of the Year
- NCAA DIII National Championships – champion in the
100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, breaking the
200-yard national record. Twice.
- Northwest Conference Championships – champion in
the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke
2011 WORLD SWIMMING HIGHLIGHTS:
- Took home top-three finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke in the Telkom South Africa National Aquatic Championships
- Competed in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke for South Africa at the 26th World University Games in Shenzhen, China
BRAWN AND BRAINS: Selected 2011 CoSIDA
Second Team Academic All-American and College
Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar
All-American (3.93 GPA)
THANKS, STEVE [Whitworth Head Swimming Coach Steve Schadt, ’96]. Steve and I have developed a great connection and we understand each other very well. He is incredibly supportive and has done so much to help me achieve my goals (including opening up the gym or pool at 4:45 on some mornings and spending some holidays doing extra work with me). I am very grateful for his input and insight into my swimming.
OLYMPIC DREAMS: The South Africa Olympic trials are in April 2012 and I am looking to qualify in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at that meet.
SHARK SIGHTING! I don’t know where I want to take my swimming, but one thing is for sure: I have major unfinished business with the water, and as long as I am loving it and having fun I will be pushing my body as hard as it will go for as long as it will go.
BUCK’S BLOG: rorylbuck.wordpress.com