Navy to Send Swimmer & Diver to NCAA Championship
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Navy’s Marlin Brutkiewicz (Sr., Mobile, Ala.) and Bradley Buchter (Fr., Hickory, N.C.) each secured berths in a trio of events at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship on Wednesday.
Brutkiewicz earned his selection to the NCAA Championship by virtue of his time of 1:54.35 in the 200 breaststroke. That clocking ranked 27th in the country, with the top-29 swimmers (1:54.54) in the event garnering invitations to the meet. He also will be competing in the 200 individual medley (1:49.07) and 100 breaststroke (53.32) events at the championship due to his posting NCAA B cut times in both events.
Buchter punched his ticket to compete in a third event with his 10th place showing in platform diving Wednesday at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship in Christiansburg, Va. Buchter scored 606.30 points over the course of his 12 dives to qualify for the national meet. He previously placed fourth on the one meter and 10th on the three meter in this week’s zone meet to advance to the NCAA Championship on both boards.
Also competing in platform diving for the Mids on Wednesday was Nash Nickerson (Fr., Doylestown, Pa.), who totaled 498.55 points to place 17th in the event.
“Today was a great way to finish the meet,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. “Both Bradley and Nash made the finals and Bradley qualified for the NCAA Championship in a third event. It is pretty spectacular for a freshman to do that. We are looking forward to getting to Indianapolis in two weeks.”
With this year’s invites, Navy will have sent at least one men’s swimmer to the national championship six times in the last nine years. It also will be the fourth time in the last nine years (2009, 2011, 2016) in which Navy will have advanced both a men’s swimmer and men’s diver to the NCAA Championship.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will play host to the NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships March 23-25.