Mids Head to NCAA Championship
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Navy’s Marlin Brutkiewicz (Sr., Mobile, Ala.) and Bradley Buchter (Fr., Hickory, N.C.) will travel to Indianapolis this week to compete in the NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship. The meet being held at the IUPUI Natatorium runs from Wednesday to Saturday.
Swimming trial heats followed by the preliminary rounds of diving will be held daily from Thursday through Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., with a session of combined finals slated for each of the four nights starting at 6 p.m.
Links to free live video and live swimming results from the national championship can be found at NavySports.com.
Brutkiewicz will compete in the 200 individual medley event Thursday, the 100 breaststroke Friday and the 200 breaststroke Saturday. He is seeded 73rd in the 200 IM (1:49.07), 43rd in the 100 breast (53.32) and 27th in the 200 breast (1:54.35). Brutkiewicz qualified for the meet with his 200 breaststroke time. He will be competing at the national championship for the first time in his career.
“This is the culminating meet for the 2016-17 season where everyone comes together to test their skills against the best in the land,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “It is an honor to represent our program and institution at the 2017 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship.
“Marlin and Brad have worked very hard to get to this meet and we are excited for them to compete on this national stage.”
Buchter qualified on each of the three boards that will be contested at the championship. The one-meter event will be held Thursday, the three-meter board is Friday and the platform diving event will take place Saturday.
“We are looking forward to getting to Indy and competing,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. “This will be a great experience for Bradley. To be going to this meet and competing in all three events is pretty spectacular. He’s worked hard this year and has learned some more difficult dives that will help him tremendously at this meet. In the end, this will be a great learning experience and something to build off of for the next three years.”
This is the sixth time in the last nine years in which at least one Navy athlete has qualified for the NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship, and is the fourth time in this span in which the Mids will be represented by both a swimmer and a diver.