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Rory Buck, ’12NAME: 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


  • 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


  • 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

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

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