Duo Completes Events at NCAA Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –– Navy’s Marlin Brutkiewicz (Sr., Mobile, Ala.) and Bradley Buchter (Fr., Hickory, N.C.) closed out their respective events at the NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Brutkiewicz finished in 18th place in the 200 breaststroke and Buchter placed 40th in the platform diving event.
Brutkiewicz entered the final event of his collegiate career seeded 27th in the 200 breaststroke thanks to his season-best time of 1:54.35. He touched the wall Saturday in a clocking of 1:54.64, which moved him into 18th place in the trial heats. He was two spots and 51-hundredths of a second away from advancing to the consolation final in the event, which would have earned him Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
Brutkiewicz had finished in 42nd place in the 100 breaststroke event on Friday.
“I gave it all I had and was happy with my swims,” said Brutkiewicz. “I was right where I wanted to be, but the competition at this meet has become so much faster over the last few years. I am honored to be at a meet with competition of this caliber. It seems as if one out of every five people I meet has Olympic experience and to be able to swim against those guys was my ultimate goal.”
“I am so proud of Marlin and the steps he took to earn the right to be here,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts, “especially since the end of the 2016 season. He committed himself to further growth and improvement. He put in the off-season work, including competing at the 2016 Olympic Trials. He put together his most consistent season in training and racing this year. His attendance was excellent. He was mentally superior compared to his previous years with the natural ups and downs of any season. As a result, he was able to post his best swim during the final night of the Patriot League Championship where he put together the performance to earn his ticket to the 2017 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship.
“Since qualifying for the national championship, Marlin has demonstrated the right approach and commitment for an NCAA qualifier. He readied himself extremely well, which I believe is just as important as the performance itself. Marlin represented the swimming and diving program and the Naval Academy very well this week.”
Buchter, who was competing in his third event in as many days, placed 40th in Saturday’s platform competition with 240.45 points. The 2017 Patriot League Diver of the Year previously placed 22nd in the one-meter event and 49th in the three-meter competition.
“This was a great experience to compete at this meet as a freshman,” said Buchter. “Being here has shown me the caliber of divers out there. I learned a lot and am looking forward to training that much harder in the coming year to hopefully have the opportunity to compete at this meet again in 2018.”
“We had a great experience here at the NCAA Championship,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. “It was an awesome way for Bradley to cap a great freshman season. We will take all of the experiences that we had here and build off of them. We are excited to take Bradley’s diving to the next level.”