Buchter Qualifies for NCAA Diving Championship
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. –– Navy’s Bradley Buchter (Fr., Hickory, N.C.) placed fourth in the one-meter springboard event Monday at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship being contested at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center in Christiansburg, Va. The finish qualifies Buchter for the upcoming NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will play host to both the women’s (March 15-18) and men’s (March 22-25) NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The men’s one-meter diving event will be contested Thursday, March 23.
Buchter, the 2017 Patriot League Men’s Diver of the Year, ended the six-dive trial heat session in third place with 366.75 points, which advanced him to the six-round finals. He would total 674.65 points over the course of his 12 dives on the day to place fourth among the 18 divers that reached the finals. The top-six divers in the one-meter event qualified for the NCAA Championship.
“I’m really proud of Bradley for this achievement,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. “He made it interesting at times but in the end he was good enough to finish fourth.”
Buchter becomes the third Navy diver in the last seven years and the fourth in the last nine years to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Also competing on the day at the zone meet were Buchter’s teammates Nate Belch (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.) and Madison Keiser (Fr., Southlake, Texas). Buchter placed 19th on the one meter (278.60) to fall one place shy of reaching the finals in the event, while Keiser placed 40th in the women’s three-meter competition (224.60).
“Maddie and Nate dove pretty well,” said MacDonald. “Unfortunately Nate was one spot out of making it to the finals. We are looking forward to tomorrow and Wednesday. We have a good chance to add to our success as a team.”
Tuesday’s slate of events features the women’s one-meter and the men’s three-meter events. Buchter, Belch, Keiser and Nash Nickerson (Fr., Doylestown, Pa.) all will take to the boards tomorrow. Wednesday’s platform diving will conclude the zone meet. Buchter and Nickerson will compete for the Mids on Wednesday.